KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The 2021-22 Wilmington College men’s basketball team, along with four individuals — Andrew Clark, Collmann Aaron, Grant Mihalick and Noah Dado — garnered honors for their academic achievement from the National Basketball Coaches Association (NABC).

The Fightin’ Quakers earned the NABC Team Academic Excellence Award while the four individuals were recognized as members of the NABC Honors Court.

In order to receive the Team Academic Excellence Award, men’s basketball programs need to complete the 2021-22 academic year with a team grade point average of 3.0 or higher. Wilmington achieved a 3.24 GPA for the academic year, including a 3.39 team GPA for the 2022 spring semester.

“This past spring, our guys really took a huge step forward in leading themselves in all areas, and this team award is an example of that,” new WC head coach Micah Mills said. “We talk daily about the importance of chasing your best self on and off the court, but there is a big difference in talking about and being about it. I look forward to seeing the ‘Team Academic Excellence Award’ become normal for our program moving forward.”

In order to be a member of the Honors Court, men’s basketball student-athletes need to be juniors, seniors or graduate students and hold a cumulative GPA of 3.20 or higher at the conclusion of the 2021-22 academic year.

“These four have been the standard for academic excellence since they stepped on campus,” said Mills. “They attack their academics daily and set an example for what a student-athlete looks like. I am happy for Grant and Collman to leave our program with this award, and I’m excited to see Noah and Andrew continue to set the example for our program this coming year.”

Wilmington opens its 2022-23 season against Spalding University (Ky.) at Defiance College Nov. 11.