The University of Louisville men’s basketball team had four student-athletes earn National Association of Basketball Coaches Honors Court accolades, the Kansas City-based organization announced Tuesday.
Senior Kyle Kuric and juniors Mike Marra, Peyton Siva and Stephan Van Treese made up Louisville’s four honorees, which is the most in the BIG EAST and is tied with Creighton for the highest amount of award winners for a team that ranked in the ESPN/USA Today top 25 at the season’s end. The Cardinals’ total also ranks third best at the NCAA Division I level, as Louisville is just one of just nine schools to have at least four student-athletes make the prestigious list.
In order to be named to the NABC Honors Court, an athlete must meet a high standard of academic criteria: be a junior or senior academically and a varsity player; possess a cumulative grade-point average of 3.2 or higher at the conclusion of the 2010-11 academic year; have matriculated at least for one year at their current institution; and be a member of an NCAA Division I, II, II or NAIA institution.
Kuric, who led the Cardinals in scoring at 12.6 points per clip, graduated this spring with his bachelor’s degree in management, posting a 3.4 grade-point average. Siva finished the year averaging 9.1 points and 5.6 assists per game and was recently tabbed the recipient of the 2011-12 BIG EAST Conference Scholar-Athlete Sports Excellence Award for men's basketball after posting a 3.41 cumulative grade-point average in sociology. He also was named to the Capital One Academic All-District 2 men’s basketball team earlier this year. Marra (sport administration) and Van Treese (sport administration), who missed the majority of the season with injuries, posted 3.3 and 3.4 cumulative grade-point averages, respectively.