TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – The Florida State men’s basketball team, which was ranked as high as No. 6 nationally during the season, has earned a Team Academic Excellence award from the National Association of Basketball Coaches. The award recognizes outstanding academic achievement by college basketball teams across the nation with cumulative grade point averages of 3.0 or better for 2016-17 season.
Florida State earned a team grade point average of 3.034 – the highest during Head Coach Leonard Hamilton’s 15-year tenure at Florida State. The Seminoles had nine players earn a 3.0 or better GPA during the fall semester and 13 players finished with a GPA of 3.0 or better during the spring semester when they earned a team GPA of 3.222.
“Our guys really did a great job of handling their academic commitments this year,” said Hamilton. “I believe we performed well in the classroom because of the culture of overall success within our program. They all want to do well and be great Seminoles. We have an outstanding support system in our academic unit for athletics.”
Florida State was one of nine teams who played in the 2017 NCAA Tournament and earned an NABC Team Academic Excellence award. The Seminoles were joined by Butler, Gonzaga, Princeton, Purdue, Kansas, Louisville, Notre Dame and West Virginia on that select list. The Seminoles were one of three ACC teams with cumulative GPA’s at 3.0 or above.
Nine Seminoles were named to the ACC Honor Roll (Brandon Allen, Dwayne Bacon, Phil Cofer, Trent Forrest, Justin Lindner, Will Miles, Michael Ojo (graduate student), Harrison Prieto and CJ Walker) while Forrest was named to the 2017 ACC All-Academic Basketball team.
“I am extremely proud of the NABC award earned by this group of student athletes,” said Associate Director of the Student Athlete Academic Services staff for Athletics Charlie Hogan. “This award is a validation of the players’ dedication and hard work for the entire academic year. Coach Hamilton’s team defines the word “student-athlete” as illustrated by their collective pursuit of 12 different majors and their ability to earn a 3.034 GPA on a roster that ranges from true freshmen to graduate students.”