Men's Basketball Earns Program's Fourth NABC Team Academic Excellence Award

Photo courtesy of Chad Williams
Photo courtesy of Chad Williams

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Franklin College men's basketball team was recognized for a strong showing in the classroom on Thursday (Jul. 11), when they received the Team Academic Excellence Award from the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC).

The Grizzlies earned the award for the fourth time as a team after finishing the 2018-19 season with a team cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0. In order to earn an NABC Team Academic Excellence Award, institutions from the NCAA, NAIA and NJCAA must count the GPAs from all student-athletes that competed during the academic year.

A total of 150 teams were honored by the NABC for their work in 2018-19. The Grizzlies had previously earned a Team Academic Excellence Award in 2013-14, 2014-15 and 2016-17.

About the National Association of Basketball Coaches Association
Located in Kansas City, Missouri, the NABC was founded in 1927 by Forrest "Phog" Allen, the legendary basketball coach at the University of Kansas.  Allen, a student of James Naismith, the inventor of basketball, organized coaches into this collective group to serve as Guardians of the Game.  The NABC currently has nearly 5,000 members consisting primarily of university and college men's basketball coaches.  All members of the NABC are expected to uphold the core values of being a Guardian of the Game by bringing attention to the positive aspects of the sport of basketball and the role coaches play in the academic and athletic lives of today's student-athletes.  The four core values of being a Guardian of the Game are advocacy, leadership, service and education.  Additional information about the NABC, its programs and membership, can be found at