Trio of Boll Weevils receive NABC honors
Four months after a record-setting season ended, the University of Arkansas at Monticello’s men’s basketball team is still receiving awards. Only this time, it had nothing to do with the Boll Weevils’ play on the court.
Juniors Cobe Goosby, Tayte Kitts and Stephen Glassco Jr. were all named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches Honors Court for excelling 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. The Honors Court was announced Tuesday.
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:
• Be academically a junior or senior and a varsity player;
• Have a cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or higher at the conclusion of the 2016-17 academic year;
• Must have matriculated at least one year at their current institution; and
• Be a member of a NCAA Division I, II, III, or NAIA Division I or II institution with a NABC member coach.
Kitts, a forward from Corryton, Tenn. posted a 3.40 GPA this past year in Business Marketing, good enough to also earn recognition on the Great American Conferemce All-Academic team (see related story).
Both Goosby, a guard from Elba, Alabama, and Glassco, a guard from Lake Worth, Fla., had GPAs of 3.20. Goosby’s major is Physical Education; Glassco’s is Biology.
The trio of Weevils joins 11 other honorees from the GAC. Harding University had five while Henderson State University and Southwestern Oklahoma State University had three each.
Harding players named to the Honors Court were senior Will Francis, who majored in Health and Kinesiology; senior Zac Ward, Management; junior Braden Eggleston, Finance; senior Tim Wagner, General Studies; and senior Filip Medjo, International Business.
Those Reddies honored were junior Zydrunas Jurgutis, Finance; junior Matthew Panaggio, Marketing; senior Kaylon Tappin, Recreation and Sports Management. Juniors Collin Jennings, Health Science; Luke Lewallen, Business Accounting; and Nick Shoemaker, Business Management, were named to the court from Southwestern Oklahoma.
Seven other student-athletes with ties to Arkansas colleges were also on the list. There were:
Senior Joe Burt, Lyon College, Business; senior Travis Garrett, Hendrix College, Physics; senior Dillon Gash, University of the Ozarks, Mathematics; junior Connor Kern, Arkansas State University, Sports Management; senior Moses Kingsley, University of Arkansas, Recreation and Sports Management; senior Darius Parker, University of Arkansas at Fort Smith, Media Communications; and senior Aaron Steele, Hendrix, Accounting.
Located in Kansas City, Mo., 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.