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Bulldogs Earn NABC Team Academic Excellence Award For Fifth Straight Year

Bulldogs Earn NABC Team Academic Excellence Award For Fifth Straight Year

Team Posted A Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better for the 2017-18 season 

Yale's success on the court continues to be matched by its success in the classroom. For the fifth straight season, the Bulldogs have earned a Team Academic Award from the National Association of Basketball Coaches.

During that stretch, Yale has averaged nearly 20 overall wins a season, while posting a 51-19 (.729) Ivy League record. In addition, the Bulldogs have captured two Ivy League titles, won the first NCAA Tournament game in school history and reached the championship game of the inaugural Ivy League Tournament.

The NABC Team Academic Award recognizes outstanding academic achievement by a team with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better for the 2017-18 season. 

In order to earn the award, institutions in the NCAA, NAIA and NJCAA must count the grade point averages of all men's student-athletes who competed during the 2017-18 season.

Under long-time head coach James Jones, Yale players have shined both on and off the court. In 2014-15, Jones coached Matt Townsend '15, who was selected as a Rhodes Scholar and was named the men's basketball Academic All-American of the Year. In addition, Javier Duren '15 was a candidate for the NABC Allstate Good Works Team. In 2015-16, Justin Sears, a two-time Ivy League Player of the Year, was a finalist for the national Senior CLASS Award, which focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities. Yale also has had numerous individual players named Academic All-Ivy and CoSIDA Academic All-District.

For the complete release from the NABC, click here.

Report filed by Tim Bennett (, Yale Sports Publicity