Campbell's Darren White and UNC Asheville teammates Matt Dickey and Jeremy Harn have been named to the NABC Honors Court, which recognizes collegiate basketball student-athletes who excelled in academics during the 2011-12 season.
A rising senior from Danville, Va., White owns a 3.41 grade-point average as an information technology and security major. He has earned a place on the Big South Conference Presidential Honor Roll and was also a Second-Team All-Conference selection in 2012 after ranking fifth among Big South scoring leaders (16.8), 19th in rebounding (5.5), fourth in field goal percentage (.520) and eighth in blocked shots (1.06).
"It is rather obvious Darren plays the game of basketball very well," said head coach Robbie Laing. "He had a phenomenal year on the court. Furthermore, I am really pleased he is receiving notoriety for the student part of student-athlete. I have had fun coaching a the man that led us in GPA and PPG!"
White, who was named First-Team All-Conference by CollegeSportsMadness.com, shot 66 percent (97-147) from the line and 37.8 percent (45-119) from 3-point range, while adding 2.1 assists and 0.9 steals per outing.
He scored in double figures 28 times in 32 games, including 10 contests of 20 or more points. White tallied acareer-high 33 points in a game twice (setting a Gore Arena record in the process) - against North Carolina A&T in CU's first outing in the Dale Howard Classic - and vs. Methodist.
In addition, White set a school junior class record for points (536) in a year, a total that is tied for the 8th-highest in CU senior college (since 1961-62) history and 4th-most in the Division I era. He nearly missed a triple-double with 22 points (10-12 field goals), plus career highs of 16 rebounds and 8 assists in win over VMI, setting a CU Gore Arena rebounding mark in the process. White was chosen Big South player of the week twice by CollegeSportsMadness.com, the second time following a 25-point (18 in the second half) performance in CU's 87-81 loss at NC State.
White was selected for Big South monthly All-League teams by CollegeHoops.net in November, December and January. He tallied 29 points (20 in the 1st half) on 12-of-18 shooting at UNC Wilmington (12/19). Eighteen of his game-high 28 points came in the 2nd half of CU's win over High Point.
In Campbell's 77-61 victory at Iowa the day before Thanksgiving, White scored 17 points while adding 5 assists. He finished the year with four double-figure rebounding games (all double-doubles).
Dickey graduated in May with a degree in Health & Wellness Promotion, while Harn graduated with a degree in Political Science. The duo helped lead UNC Asheville to its second straight Big South Conference championship and trip to the NCAA Tournament. The Bulldogs finished the year with a 24-10 overall record, the best mark in school history.
"I'm really proud of Matt and Jeremy to make the NABC Honors Court," stated Bulldog coach Eddie Biedenbach. "Both of these young men did an outstanding job for us this season and in their entire careers. They were leaders for on the court and in the classroom, as well."
UNC Asheville was the only school in the Big South to have more than one player to be recognized by the NABC. Dickey and Harn were two of just 10 players from NCAA Division I programs in North Carolina to earn NABC recognition.
Dickey was the Big South Conference Player of the Year this past season and was named to the Big South All-Academic team for men's basketball for the third straight year. Harn, who also performed for the Bulldogs Track and Field squad, made the Big South All-Academic team for Outdoor Track and Field in April.
The NABC (National Association of Basketball Coaches) Honors Court recognizes the talents and gifts that these men possess off the court, and the hard work they exhibit in the classroom. In order to be named to the Honors Court, an athlete must meet a high standard of academic criteria.
The qualifications are as follows:
1. Academically a junior or senior and a varsity player.
2. Cumulative G.P.A. of 3.2 or higher at the conclusion of the 2011-12 academic year.
3. Students must have matriculated at least one year at their current institution.
4. Member of an NCAA Division I, II, III, or NAIA Institution.
Located in Kansas City, Missouri, 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.