CORPUS CHRISTI – Senior James King and redshirt sophomore Jake Kocher of the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi men's basketball team were honored for their academics by the National Association of Basketball Coaches, it was announced today. Kocher and King both earned spots on the NABC Honors Court for the 2013-14 season.
A record number 895 student-athletes from 338 colleges and universities earned NABC Honors Court distinction. The NABC Honors Court recognizes the talents and gifts that these men 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 are as follows:
• Academically a junior or senior and a varsity player.
• Cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.2 or higher at the conclusion of the 2013-14 academic year.
• Students must have matriculated at least one year at their current institution.
• Member of an NCAA Division I, II, III, or NAIA Division I or II institution with a NABC member coach.
The Islanders and Stephen F. Austin (Tanner Clayton and Nikola Gajic) were the only two Southland schools to have multiple players recognized by the organization. Northwestern State's Gary Stewart also collected the honor.
Kocher held a 3.46 cumulative GPA in marketing through the end of the 2013-14 academic year. Academically a junior, he was a strong contributor in his second year on the court, appearing in 32 games and making three starts. He averaged 5.7 points a game, shot 47.3 percent from the field and totaled 46 steals.
King graduated in May with a 3.20 cumulative GPA in psychology. One of the team's leaders both on and off the court, he appeared in 19 games, making a start in the season opener, and scored seven points and dished out five assists in 105 minutes on the hardwood. In three years with the Islanders, he played in a total of 52 games and made nine starts.
This is the third consecutive year that Texas A&M-Corpus Christi has had a player selected to the Honors Court. Kennon Dvorak earned the honor in both 2011-12 and 2012-13 for the Islanders.
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