KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Three Salisbury University student-athletes were recently honored for their performance in the classroom by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC). Sea Gull men's basketball players Tim Harwood, Dylan Robeson and Brandyn Wilkerson were named to the 2012-13 NABC Honors Court, the association announced Wednesday.
The NABC Honors Court recognizes those collegiate basketball student-athletes who excelled in academics during the 2012-13 season. The NABC Honors Court recognizes the talents and gifts that these student-athletes possess off the court, and the hard work they exhibit in the classroom.
In order to be named to the Honors Court, an athlete must meet a high standard of academic criteria. To be eligible, a student-athlete must be: a varsity player and a junior or senior academically; have a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher; and must have been at their current institution for at least one year.
Harwood, a Physical Education major, has been named to consecutive Capital Athletic Conference All-Academic Teams. He averaged 13 points and 2.7 rebounds per game as a junior last season. The 6-foot shooting guard from Rockville, Md., shot 41.3 percent (62-of-150) from three-point range to finish fourth in the CAC and also ranked seventh nationally in free-throw percentage, converting 89.9 percent of his opportunities. Harwood was named CAC Player of the Week on Dec. 10 and earned a spot on the all-tournament team at Gallaudet (Nov. 24).
Robeson, a senior in 2012-13, graduated in May with his degree in Physical Education and was named to the 2009-10 and 2012-13 CAC All-Academic Teams. In 27 games last season, Robeson made 14 starts and averaged a career-high 2.5 points per contest. The 5-foot-8 guard from Fairfax, Va. led the Sea Gulls with a 46.5 three-point shooting percentage (20-of-43) and drained half of his attempts from beyond the arc (12-of-24) during CAC play.
Wilkerson, a 5-foot-10 guard from Mount Airy, Md., is a Physical Education major and has been named to consecutive CAC All-Academic Teams. As a junior in 2012-13, Wilkerson scored 25 points over 21 appearances and logged 5.4 minutes per contest. He also compiled 10 rebounds, six assists, and five steals.
Salisbury and York (Pa.) College led the CAC with three student-athletes named to the list. Led by second-year head coach Josh Merkel, Salisbury (19-8) advanced to the CAC tournament semifinals as the third seed and fell to Wesley, 73-66. However, the Sea Gulls collected their most wins since the 1996-97 season.
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