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Shown here in the Bahamas last August, Ross Ferrarini, Matthew Dorwart, Taylor Stormberg and Derek Sebastian also excelled academically.
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Men's Basketball Quartet Named to NABC Honors Court

KANSAS CITY, Mo.  -- The National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) today announced the NABC Honors Court, recognizing those collegiate basketball student-athletes who excelled in academics during the 2011-12 season.

Creighton had four representatives on the squad, a  group that featured Matthew Dorwart, Ross Ferrarini, Derek Sebastian and Taylor Stormberg. CU's four honorees were twice as many as any other MVC school. In addition, the Jays were the only Division I school from the state of Nebraska to have any players recognized.

Stormberg recently completed his sophomore year of eligibility, but was a junior academically. The other three graduated in May after spending either three or four years in the Bluejay program.

The NABC 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.

About the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC)
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. For additional information about the NABC, its programs and membership, go to www.nabc.org.
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