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Men’s Basketball Earns NABC Team Academic Excellence Award For First Time

Jul 19, 2022

TUCSON, Ariz. – The National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) announced their 2021-22 Team Academic Excellence Award winners along with the NABC Honors Court. For the first time in the 10-year existence of the award, the Arizona men's basketball team received the team award by recording a team GPA of 3.0 or better for the 2021-22 academic year.
The Wildcats were one of four Pac-12 programs to earn the team accolade, joining Stanford, Utah and USC.
Junior forward Jordan Mains was one of 2,000 players nationally across all divisions to be named to the Honors Court. The NABC Honors Court includes junior, senior and graduate student men's basketball players who finished the 2021-22 year with a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher.
With the help and guidance of John Mosbach, the Senior Associate AD for Student-Athlete Development and Andy Salgado, the Senior Lead Academic Counselor with the men's basketball program, Arizona set a then-program record with a 3.04 team GPA in the Fall 2021 semester, with four players posting a perfect 4.0 GPA for the semester. Then in the Spring 2022 semester, the Wildcats improved that GPA to a new record of 3.14.

"Academic success is a core value of the NABC and a priority shared by men's basketball programs across the country," said NABC Executive Director Craig Robinson. "Excellence in the classroom requires hard work and dedication, and the NABC considers it a privilege to honor these deserving student-athletes and the coaches and staff who support them."
The complete release from the NABC can be found here.