KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) announced the 2016-17 NABC Honors Court Tuesday, recognizing select men's collegiate basketball players who excelled in academics during the past season, and the list includes Castleton University student-athletes Paolo Loli and Pavin Parrish.
In order to be named to the NABC Honors Court, a student-athlete must have been academically a junior or senior and a varsity player in 2016-17, must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or above at the conclusion of the academic year, must have matriculated at least one year at their current institution, and must be a member of a NCAA Division I, II, III, or NAIA Division I or II institution with a NABC member coach.
Loli, named to the NABC Honors Court for the second straight year, received his bachelor's degree in computer information systems this past May. In 2016, he received several Castleton awards, including the Academic Excellence Award in computer information systems, the Outstanding International Student Award, and the Abel E. Leavenworth Leadership Award. This past season, he was a North Atlantic Conference (NAC) All-Academic honoree.
Parrish, a business administration major, also received NAC All-Academic honors as well as selection to the NAC Men's Basketball Sportsmanship Team for distinguishing himself through demonstrated acts of sportsmanship and ethical behavior. The 2014-15 NAC Rookie of the Year, Parrish started 15 of the 22 games he appeared in during the 2016-17 season, averaging 7.0 points per game, including a 20-point effort at Husson on Feb. 11.
Loli and Parrish are two of seven student-athletes representing the NAC on the NABC Honors Court, with Maine-Farmington and Maine Maritime also placing two players each and Husson earning one representative. This is the seventh straight year in which Castleton has placed at least one student-athlete on the Honors Court, with multiple honorees in six of those seven years.
For the entire 2016-17 NABC Honors Court, click here.