Brooks Recognized for Academic Excellence

Brooks Recognized for Academic Excellence

Kansas City, Mo. – The National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) announced Thursday afternoon the 2014-15 NABC Honors Court, recognizing those men's collegiate basketball student-athletes who excelled in academics during the past season, with a record number of 1,000 student-athletes from more than 350 colleges and universities.

Tanner Brooks '16 (Baltimore, Md./St. Paul's School) was one of those 1,000 young men honored by the NABC for his strong work ethic in the classroom. 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.

Brooks was one of four players to represent the Capital Athletic Conference on the Honors Court as Christopher Newport University's Hunter Wetherell '16, Frostburg State University's Tyler Campbell '15, and University of Mary Washington's Taylor Johnson '15.

In order to be named to the Honors Court, a student-athlete must meet a high standard of academic criteria. The qualifications are as follows:

1. Academically a junior or senior and a varsity player.

2. Cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher at the conclusion of the 2014-15 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.

The 6-1 guard notched a 3.558 grade point average as a sociology major in his first year at St. Mary's, landing on the 2014-15 CAC All-Academic Team as well.

Brooks transferred in from Skidmore College as a two-time All-Liberty League and continued with his third consecutive all-conference selection when he garnered a spot on the 2015 All-CAC Second Team. He led the CAC in free throw percentage (82.5%) while ranking second in assists per game with a 3.4 average and sixth in scoring (13.3 PPG) and steals per game with a 1.9 average. Brooks was also 10th in rebounding with a 5.5 average.

He led the team in free throw percentage, rebounds, assists, and steals and picked up CAC Player of the Week honors on January 26th. Brooks was a double-digit scorer in 20 games and collected two double-doubles.

About the NABC: 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.

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