KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Columbia men’s basketball program received The National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Team Academic Excellence Award, as announced today. These awards, now in its fifth season, recognize outstanding academic achievement by a team with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better for the 2016-17 season.

The Lions boasted a team GPA of 3.08 during the academic year and was one of four Ivy League institutions represented.

Next week, the NABC will announce its Honors Court, which highlights individual junior or senior student-athletes that have a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher.

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.