July 17, 2013

Dvorak Named to NABC Honors Court For Second Straight Year

CORPUS CHRISTI – Graduating senior Kennon Dvorak has been named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches Honors Court for the second straight season. The Honors Court recognizes upperclassmen that excel in the classroom while taking part in college basketball.

"In his two years with us, Kennon truly embraced everything that encompasses our motto – 'Character, Toughness, Talent,'" head coach Willis Wilson said. "He was a model student, an outstanding teammate and possessed a high work ethic and a strong will to win."

Dvorak wrapped up his Islanders career with a cumulative 3.76 GPA in his three years at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. The kinesiology major will matriculate from the Island University after completing his student teaching in the fall.

On the court, the walk-on from Moulton, Texas, played in 13 games and made eight starts in his 2012-13 campaign. He shot 5-for-13 from the field on the season, scoring 14 points in a total of 90 minutes. He also grabbed 13 rebounds and was a strong perimeter defender for the Islanders.

The NABC recognized 700 players this year across 287 colleges and universities, with approximately 80 of those schools competing at the Division I level. Dvorak and Oral Roberts' Mikey Manghum were the only two players from the Southland Conference named to the Court.

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 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 National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC)
Located in Kansas City, Missouri, 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 this 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.