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Four A-10 Men's Basketball Student-Athletes Named to the NABC Honors Court

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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. -- Four Atlantic 10 men's basketball student-athletes have been named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Honors Court.

Dayton's Jack Westerfield and Ryan Mikesell, George Mason's Nick DiClemente and Saint Joseph's Tolliver Freeman were all named to the Honors Court.

The Honors Court recognizes men’s collegiate basketball student-athletes who excelled in academics during the past season.

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 2018-19 academic year.
  • Students must have matriculated at least one year at their current institution.
  • Member of a NCAA Division I, II, III, or NAIA Division I or II institution with a NABC member coach.

Westerfield, a four-year walk-on, recently completed his Flyer career.  A Finance major, He was a member of A-10 Academic Honor Roll, UD's All-Academic Team and a team representative on UD's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.

Mikesell is a returning starter for Dayton coming up in the 2019-20 season.  After missing all of the 2017-18 season following double hip surgery, he bounced back to start 32 of 33 games played in 2018-19 and averaged 10.1 points a game..  A 2018-19 co-captain, he led the team in free throw percentage, and ranked second in blocks, assists and steals, third in field goal percentage and fourth in scoring and rebounding.  He was named Atlantic 10 All-Academic last year.  He is a Mechanical Engineering major.

DiClemente was a graduate student last year who played in four games. He was also named to the 2018 NABC Honors Court following his senior season in 2017-18. A walk-on, he played in his first career game versus NC Central and tallied his first career rebound and steal against Georgia Southern on Dec. 12.

Freeman received the team's George Senesky Academic Award last season. A walk-on who was awarded a scholarship for the spring semester, he played in seven games for the Hawks and had a career-high seven points against St. Bonaventure, making all of his shots - two field goals, two free throws and one three-pointer.

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