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Spartan Basketball Earns NABC Team Academic Excellence Award

A photo of the Spartan men's basketball bench celebrating Joey Polczynski's second half dunk against Gettysburg.
Photo courtesy of David Sinclair Photography

YORK, PA – The York College men's basketball team has been recognized for team academic excellence as announced by the National Association of Basketball Coaches recently. The Spartans not only had a another great year on the floor as they won a second Capital Athletic Conference championship regular season championship, advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament and posted 22 wins, but they also got the job done in the classroom with a team GPA of 3.32.

The Team Academic Excellence Awards, created by the NABC Committee on Academics, unveiled the seventh year of the award. These awards recognize outstanding academic achievement by a team with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better for the 2018-19 season.

In order to earn a NABC Team Academic Excellence Award, institutions in the NCAA, NAIA and NJCAA must count the grade point averages of all men's student-athletes who competed during the 2018-19 season.

Head coach Matt Hunter saw 11 of his players post a GPA of 3.0 or above for the campaign. Senior Nolan Smith (3.46), juniors Jared Wagner (3.55), Joey Polczynski (3.52), Darin Gordon (3.40) were joined by sophomores David Giuliani (3.69) and Chris Tracy (3.57) on the list of players who recorded a 3.0 or better. The freshmen class was well represented as Sean Kelly (3.54), Ryan Kendra (3.43), Colin Rimel (3.33), Marcus Dudzenski (3.25), and Ryan Wheatley (3.15) all finished their first collegiate campaign above the 3.0 GPA threshold.