NABC Honors GNAC Players, Teams For Academic Prowess

Thursday, July 16, 2020

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Thirteen GNAC men’s basketball players and a pair of conference programs have been singled out for academic achievement in awards handed out by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC).

The 13 players, from five institutions, were selected to the NABC’s Honors Court. Alaska Anchorage had four players selected in senior Niko Bevens, sophomore Keegan Crosby, senior Jack Macdonald and junior David Riley. Seattle Pacific also saw four players recognized in junior Harry Cavell, senior Gabe Colosimo, senior Gavin Long and junior Sharif Khan.

Western Washington netted a pair of selections in senior Trevor Jasinsky and junior RJ Secrest while Alaska is represented by senior Zach Hatch and junior Alex Sommerfield. Saint Martin’s is represented by junior John Moore.

Selections to the NABC Honors Court must be of junior or senior academic standing and have a cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or greater. Players must have been at the nominating institution with an NABC member coach for at least one year.

Additionally, both Saint Martin’s and Seattle Pacific were honored with NABC Team Academic Excellence Awards. The award recognizes institutions at all levels of college basketball that attain a cumulative 3.0 GPA or greater.

Seattle Pacific was the GNAC regular-season champion after compiling an 18-2 record and finished the season with a 22-7 overall record. After losing their first four games of the year, the Falcons went on a 14-game win streak that set the table for the title run. Seattle Pacific lost to Western Washington in the semifinals of the GNAC Championships and earned an invitation the NCAA Division II Championship.

Saint Martin’s experienced a transition year under first-year head coach Aaron Landon. The Saints finished 6-23 overall and 4-16 in conference play.