Men’s basketball squad receives Team Academic Excellence Award from NABC

Luis Lopez and his OC basketball teammates have been honored with a team academic award.
Luis Lopez and his OC basketball teammates have been honored with a team academic award.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (July 23, 2014) – Oklahoma Christian’s men’s basketball team was named Wednesday as the recipient of a Team Academic Excellence Award by the National Association of Basketball Coaches.

The 2013-14 Eagles were one of 126 programs (from all NCAA and NAIA divisions) so honored by the NABC, which created the team academic award program before the 2012-13 season.

To receive the award, members of a team must have a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or better. That number must include the GPAs of all student-athletes who competed for the team during the season. OC’s squad had a cumulative GPA of 3.064.

Team members for the 2013-14 season included Kendre Talley, Collin Tubbs, Josh Faurot, Casey Covalt, Jordan Rutherford, Zach Norris, Willie Harper, Nick Tate, Deric Shelton, John Moon, Luis Lopez, Jordan VanDeKop and Eric Randall. The squad was coached by head coach Dan Hays, assistant coaches Terril Hankins and Rob McKinzie and graduate assistant coach Brandon Troutman.

OC was one of only two Heartland Conference squads to receive the NABC honor, along with Dallas Baptist (Texas).