KANSAS CITY, Mo. – For the eighth straight year, the Castleton University men's basketball program is represented on the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Honors Court, as four Spartans are among the honorees on the 2017-18 NABC Honors Court, announced Tuesday afternoon by the national organization.
In order to be named to the Honors Court, a student-athlete must have been either a junior or senior academically and a varsity basketball player during the 2017-18 season at an NCAA or NAIA institution with a NABC member coach. In addition, the student-athlete must have matriculated at least one year at his current institution and must have maintained a cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or higher at the conclusion of the 2017-18 academic year.
For the second straight year, Pavin Parrish was named to the NABC Honors Court after completing his senior season at Castleton. Parrish, earning his bachelor's degree in business administration, management, and marketing, adds another academic award to his collection after previously receiving Google Cloud Third Team Academic All-America and North Atlantic Conference Men's Basketball Senior Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors. On the court, Parrish started 25 games in 2017-18, averaging 10.2 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.4 assists, and 1.9 steals per game.
Ben Mrowka appeared in 12 games last season, as an injury forced him to miss all but two games once the calendar turned to 2018. He reached double figures in points five times, highlighted by a 23-point performance at Plymouth State Nov. 21 as he hit seven three-pointers against the Panthers. Shooting 38.3 percent from behind the three-point line last year, Mrowka is majoring in business administration with a focus on management.
In his first year at Castleton, Chris O'Brien appeared in 12 games, including a start against Curry College Nov. 17. He scored five points against the Colonels to help the Spartans earn their first victory of the season, plus he hit two three-pointers for six points at Colby-Sawyer Dec. 5. O'Brien is majoring in communications at Castleton.
Julian Santos receives his second academic honor of 2017-18, as he also earned North Atlantic Conference All-Academic recognition. Majoring in management and Spanish for business, Santos appeared in all 26 games for the Spartans last season, including six starts, averaging 7.6 points, 2.5 rebounds, and 1.8 assists per game. Santos reached double figures in points eight times, including four of the last six games, highlighted by a 24-point performance at Maine-Farmington Feb. 10.
With four NABC Honors Court honorees, the 2017-18 Castleton men's basketball team, an NABC Team Academic Excellence Award winner as announced last week, ties the program high originally set in 2011-12. The Spartans have had multiple recipients of the academic award in seven of the past eight seasons, with 22 NABC Honors Court awards earned by Castleton student-athletes since 2010-11.
The Castleton University men's basketball team begins its first year as a member of the Little East Conference in 2018-19.
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.