LOGAN, Utah - Utah State men’s basketball’s Connor Garner has been named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches Honors Court after maintaining a cumulative grade point average better than 3.2 over the past year. Garner was one of 11 student-athletes in the Mountain West to be recognized with the award.
Garner graduated with a dual major in statistics and economics in the spring. Garner was a walk-on during the 2012-13 campaign before serving as a manager over the next three seasons, but joined the team again in 2016-17 during his final year of eligibility. In all, Garner appeared in eight career games, scoring 14 points and adding seven rebounds, two assists and two steals. The highlight of his career came on Senior Night, where he started against Air Force and scored a career-high nine points in a career-high 14 minutes. Following the season, Garner earned the Best Represents Aggie Basketball award at the annual team dinner.
Garner was joined on the list by Air Force junior Frank Toohey, Boise State seniors Nick Duncan and Matt Grooms, Boise State junior Zach Haney, Fresno State senior Jahmel Taylor, New Mexico senior Tim Williams, New Mexico juniors Adam Cumber, Connor MacDougall and Anthony Mathis, and San Diego State senior D’Erryl Williams.
In order to be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be a junior or senior and a varsity player, maintained a cumulative GPA of a 3.2 or higher for the 2016-17 academic year, must have matriculated at least one year at their current institution and be a member of an NCAA Division I, II or III, or NAIA Division I or II institution with an NABC member coach.
Located in Kansas City, Mo., 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.
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