KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The FGCU and Liberty Men's Basketball teams were honored with the Team Academic Excellence Award by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) it was announced Thursday.
FGCU is the lone NCAA Division I school in the state of Florida to earn the recognition.
"I'm extremely proud of our group last season for buying into our culture of accountability on and off the court," FGCU head coach Michael Fly said. "I think their attitudes and work ethic combined with the long hours that our coaches and Kelly Brock's academic staff put in made for a special year in the classroom."
This year, the Flames had eight players post a 3.0 GPA or higher including four players with over a 3.5 GPA. This is one of two academic awards the Flames received this season as Keenan Gumbs was named to the 2018-19 ASUN Winter Winners for Life team. The team is comprised of one student-athlete from each of the nine institutions and honors those who display excellence on and off the playing surface.
"This award is a reflection of the hard work our players have put in the classroom," head coach Ritchie McKay said. "I cannot thank Kristie Beitz, Courtney Huffman and the rest of our academic staff enough. The amount of care and commitment they give our players is unmatched."
The award is an outstanding academic achievement by a team with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better for the 2018-19 season. This is the first time that Liberty basketball has ever received the NABC honor as the award has been in existence for the last seven years as the Flames posted a 3.01 GPA as a team.