NORFOLK, Va. – Brandan Stith (Lawrenceville, Va.), Aaron Carver (Elizabeth City, N.C.) and Keith Pinckney (Lithonia, Ga.) of the Old Dominion men's basketball team were named to the 2016-17 National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Honors Court, recognizing those men's collegiate basketball student-athletes who excelled in academics during the past season. The NABC Honors Court recognizes the talents and gifts that these men possess off the court and the hard work they exhibit in the classroom.
In order to be named to the Honors Court, a student-athlete must meet a standard of academic criteria. The qualifications are as follows: 1. Academically a junior or senior and a varsity player. 2. Cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.2 or higher at the conclusion of the 2016-17 academic year. 3. Students must have matriculated at least one year at their current institution. 4. Member of a NCAA Division I, II, III, or NAIA Division I or II institution with a NABC member coach.
2016-17 NABC Honors Court Recipients From Old Dominion: Keith Pinckney (Major: Management) Aaron Carver (Major: Civil Engineering Technology) Brandan Stith (Graduate School Concentration: Sport Management)
For a complete look at the entire NABC release, please see the attached PDF.
ODU head coach Jeff Jones is the most recent Past President (2016-17) of the NABC, as Kansas' Bill Self just took over presidential duties on May 23. “Bill has been successful at every stop in his career,” Jones said. “He fully understands the issues that are important to the NABC membership.”
Located in Kansas City, Missouri, the NABC was founded in 1927 by 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. For additional information about the NABC, its programs and membership, go to www.nabc.org.