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Bulldogs Earn NABC Academic Honor

Bulldogs Earn NABC Academic Honor

Yale Receives Team Academic Excellence Award For Fourth Straight Year

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Yale's success on the court is matched by its success in the classroom. The Bulldogs, who reached the championship game of the inaugural Ivy League Tournament last March, have received a 2016-17 Team Academic Excellence Award from the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC). It is the fourth straight year Yale has been recognized.

The award, created by the NABC Committee on Academics, recognizes outstanding academic achievement by a team with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better for the 2016-17 season.  

In order to earn an NABC Team Academic Excellence Award, institutions in the NCAA, NAIA and NJCAA must count the grade point averages of all men's student-athletes who competed during the 2016-17 season.

Under long-time head coach James Jones, Yale players have shined both on and off the court. In 2014-15, Jones coached Matt Townsend '15, who was selected as a Rhodes Scholar and was named the men's basketball Academic All-American of the Year. In addition, Javier Duren '15, who is currently playing professionally in Europe, was a candidate for the NABC Allstate Good Works Team. In 2015-16, Justin Sears was a finalist for the national Senior CLASS Award, which focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities. In addition, Yale has had numerous individual players named Academic All-Ivy and CoSIDA Academic All-District, including Sam Downey '17, who earned both honors this year.

For the complete release from the NABC, click here.

Report filed by Tim Bennett (, Yale Sports Publicity