KANSAS CITY, Mo. - - Five Belmont University men's basketball student-athletes were named to the 2017-18 National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Honors Court Tuesday.
The NABC Honors Court recognizes the highest achieving student-athletes in college basketball, and adds to the lofty tradition of the Belmont men's basketball program.
Recent graduates Austin Luke (Rowlett, Texas), Tyler Hadden (Cincinnati, Ohio) and Burton Sampson (Knoxville, Tenn.), and rising seniors Dylan Windler (Indianapolis, Ind.) and Seth Adelsperger (Peru, Ind.) represented Belmont on this year's NABC Honors Court.
Belmont annually ranks among NCAA Division I leaders on this academic achievement list, with a remarkable 41 Bruins having been named to the NABC Honors Court since 2011.
In order to be named 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 and (4) Member of a NCAA Division I, II, III, or NAIA Division I or II institution with a NABC member coach.
Belmont University men's basketball has earned postseason 11 of the last 13 seasons, including seven automatic berths to the NCAA Tournament. The Bruins have won 16 conference championships since 2006 - third-most nationally over that span (Gonzaga, Kansas). Belmont is one of only six NCAA Division I programs outside the Power 5 to post Top 100 RPIs eight consecutive seasons (BYU, Gonzaga, Saint Mary's (CA), San Diego State, Wichita State). Belmont is one of only nine NCAA Division I programs to win 19 or more games 13 consecutive seasons (BYU, Duke, Gonzaga, Kansas, Louisville, Michigan State, North Carolina, San Diego State). Belmont University men's basketball boasts an NCAA-leading 16 CoSIDA Academic All-America selections since 2001 and is one of only three NCAA Division I programs to make the NCAA Academic Progress Rate (APR) Honor Roll every year of existence.