KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) today announced the 2014-15 NABC Honors Court, recognizing those men's collegiate basketball student-athletes who excelled in academics during the past season. Covenant had five players recognized on the list as rising juniors Z Arima and Robby Bell were joined by recent graduates Ryan Burns, Teron Ferguson and Nate Frierson.
The NABC Honors Court recognizes the talents and gifts of men's basketball players across the country and from all divisions for their efforts off the court and the hard work they exhibit in the classroom. A record number 1,000 student-athletes from more than 350 colleges and universities earned NABC Honors Court distinction this year.
Arima played in 21 games in his sophomore season averaging 11.4 minutes per game. The rising junior out of Herriman, Utah, is a double major in History and English. He earned USA South All-Academic honors for a second straight year in 2014-15.
Bell is majoring in Pre-Engineering and played in 17 games as a sophomore. The Coral Springs, Fla., native averaged 11.9 minutes per game. Bell also was named to the USA South All-Academic team for the second time in his career.
Burns, a native of Niceville, Fla., earns Honors Court for the second straight year. He graduated in May with a degree in Philosophy. Burns played in all 26 games for the Scots in 2014-15 and made one start. He earned USA South All-Academic honors for the second consecutive year.
Ferguson graduated in May with a degree in Business and earns Honors Court for the first time. The Nassau, Bahamas, native played in 15 games in his senior year and tied a career-high with 13 points against Huntingdon on Jan. 31. Ferguson was named to the USA South All-Academic team for a second straight year.
Frierson earns Honors Court for the second consecutive year. The Laurel, Md., native wrapped up his playing career in 2014-15 by playing in 19 games. He graduated in May with a degree in History and was named to the USA South All-Academic team for a second straight year.
In order to be named to the Honors Court, a student-athlete must be a junior or senior academically and a varsity player with a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher at the conclusion of the 2014-15 year. Nominees must also have at least one year at their current institution and have a coach who is a member of the NABC.
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