July 12, 2011

SHU's Akinpetide & Greenbacker Win NABC Academic Recognition

Official NABC Honor Court Release

FAIRFIELD, CT (July 12, 2011) - Sacred Heart men's basketball players Femi Akinpetide (Sydney Australia) and Nick Greenbacker(Coventry, CT) were named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Honor Court.  The NABC Honors Court recognizes student-athletes who excelled in academics during the 2010-11 season. 

In order to be a member of the NABC Honors Court, a student-athlete must meet a high standard of academic criteria.  It also recognizes the talents and gifts that these student-athletes display off the court as well as the hard work done in the classroom.

To be eligible, a student-athlete must be academically a a junior or senior and a varsity player who has a cumulative grade point average of 3.20 or higher at the conclusion of the 2010-11 academic year.  Students must have matriculated at least one year at their current institution and be a member of an NCAA Division I, II, III, or NAIA Institution.

Akinpetide just finished his first season on the court for the Pioneers after transferring from UMKC.  He appeared in 28 games with 15 starts, averaging 3.3 points and 2.1 rebounds per game.  Off the court, Akinpetide served on the SHU Student-Athlete Advisory Council Treasurer in 2010-11 and will be the Co-President for the coming 2011-12 academic year.  A business major, he was also named to the Northeast Conference Academic Honor Roll.

Greenbacker played in 27 games last season with 15 starts, averaging 3.8 points and 2.4 rebounds.  A member of SAAC, he is the team's coordinator for community service projects including the Dunbar School, Habitat for Humanity and the annual MS Walk.  In the classroom, Greenbacker earned NEC Honor Roll accolades with a major in business.  Greenbacker was also named to the Northeast Conference Commissioner's Honor Roll, an honor given to student-athletes with a 3.75 or better grade point average.

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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 claims 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.