KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- University of North Dakota seniors Quinton Hooker and Devon Pekas were among more than 1,000 men's collegiate basketball players named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches' (NABC) Honors Court on Tuesday. The NABC recognized these student-athletes for their excellence in academics during the 2016-17 season.
"We obviously had a great season on the court, but not to be overshadowed is what our team accomplished in the classroom and these two young men were a big part of that," UND head coach Brian Jones said. "Quinton and Devon were great examples for their younger teammates in that regard and I think their drive on-and-off the court set a standard for our program to follow in the years to come."
Hooker and Pekas both graduated in May with degrees in social sciences and interdisciplinary studies, respectively, and helped UND achieve a perfect Academic Progress Rate of 1,000 for the first time in program history.
They were part of a historic season on the court as well that saw the Fighting Hawks capture their first Big Sky regular season and tournament titles and make the program's first appearance in the NCAA Division I Tournament.
In order to make the Honors Court, players must be at a junior or senior level academically, hold a cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or higher, been at their current school for at least one year and have a NABC member coach leading their program.
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