KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Last Wednesday, the Randolph men's basketball team was honored by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) with its Team Academic Excellence Awards. On Tuesday, the NABC announced its Honors Court. Three WildCats were named. They are Drew Hayden (Vinton, Va./William Byrd), Reid Jacoby (Richmond, Va./Benedictine), and Keion Robinson (Fredericksburg, Va./Fredericksburg).
In order to be selected to the Honors Court, a student-athlete must meet a high standard of academic criteria. The qualifications are as follows:
1. Academically a junior or senior and a varsity player.
2. Cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.2 or higher at the conclusion of the 2017-18 academic year.
3. Students must have matriculated at least one year at their current institution.
4. Member of a NCAA Division I, II, III, or NAIA Division I or II institution with a NABC member coach.
Hayden just completed his junior season for the 'Cats. He is a Physics and Mathematics double major. This past spring, he was one of seven Randolph student-athletes to be inducted into Chi Alpha Sigma, which is the National College Athlete Honor Society.
Robinson was named to the Honors Court last year. He graduated in May with a degree in Sports and Exercise Studies. Jacoby graduated with a degree in Business.
"We rely on our players to lead by example in a variety of ways,"said head coach Pete Hamilton. "Keion, Reid and Drew did an excellent job of this in the classroom this entire year as shown by this accomplishment. All three of these guys navigated what can be a grueling day-to-day schedule to achieve recognition on the NABC Honors Court. All three not only worked to achieve individual success in the classroom, they also helped to mentor our younger players to achieve academic success. We're excited for the way Keion and Reid will move on to represent Randolph College and our program and we look forward to the leadership of Drew returning for his senior season next year."