July 17, 2013

NABC Honors Four Men’s Basketball Players

HARTSVILLE, S.C. – Coker College men's basketball players Andrew Morris, Austin Harper, Jonathon Gardner and Eren Moses were named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches Honors Court today. The NABC Honors Court recognizes collegiate basketball student-athletes who excelled in academics during the 2012-13 season. Morris, Harper, Gardner and Moses were four of over 700 student-athletes honored by the NABC.

"I am very honored to have these four receive this recognition from our team," head men's basketball coach Dan Schmotzer said. "To have this many individuals make it off our team really speaks volumes. These kinds of honors make you very proud as a coach. We try to win games on the court, but these young men are putting in the effort to be true student-athletes. You can't ask for anything more than that."

Morris, a guard, graduated in May with a degree in business administration. In 2012-13 he averaged 12 points and three rebounds per game. He shot over 42 percent from 3-point range and 81 percent from the free-throw line. Morris' efforts in the classroom earned him a selection to the 2012-13 Capital One Academic All-America team.

Harper, a forward, also graduated in May after a four-year career with the Cobras. He earned a bachelor's degree in mathematics. He played in 19 games, averaging five points and four rebounds, before suffering a season-ending knee injury.

Gardner, a guard, graduated in May with a degree in physical education and sport studies with a concentration in exercise science. He sat out the 2012-13 season due to an ankle injury.

Moses is a rising senior majoring in business administration. A center on the basketball team, Moses averaged six points and three rebounds per game this season.

The NABC Honors Court recognizes the talents and gifts that student-athletes possess off the court and the hard work they exhibit in the classroom. In order to be named to the Honors Court, a student-athlete must meet a high standard of academic criteria.

The qualifications for the Honors Court 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 2012-13 academic year; 3. Students must have matriculated at least one year at their current institution; 4. Member of an NCAA Division I, II, III, or NAIA Division I or II institution.

About the NABC

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 a 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.

For more information, contact Chris Dougherty, manager of athletics media relations and marketing, at 843-383-8018 or cdougherty@coker.edu.

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Coker College readies undergraduates for personal and professional success through a distinctive four-year program that emphasizes a practical application of the liberal arts as well as hands-on and discussion-based learning within and beyond the classroom. Coker is ranked among the "Best Colleges" in the South by U.S. News & World Report as well as The Princeton Review. Located in Hartsville, S.C., Coker is within two hours of the cultural, financial and recreational resources of Charlotte, Columbia, Charleston and Myrtle Beach.

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