KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A trio of Indiana State basketball student-athletes have been named to the 2013-14 National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Honors Court as announced by the national organization. Honored from Indiana State were Lucas Eitel, Justin Gant and Jake Kitchell.
Eitel, who recently graduated from Indiana State with a degree in education, was named Second Team All-MVC Scholar Athlete this past season. He also earned the same honor as a junior. He started a late-game run with a 3-pointer as the Sycamores earned a 77-73 road victory over Drake and then hit a trio of second half 3-pointers as the Sycamores earned a 62-59 victory over Bradley. Eitel tallied seven points and pulled down five rebounds in the MVC Quarterfinal victory over Loyola.
Gant, a Criminology major, was a First Team All-MVC Scholar Athlete selection last season. His 47.9 percent mark from the field ranked 10th in the league and he averaged 0.8 blocked shots per game which was ninth-best in the MVC. Gant was named to the All-Great Alaska Shootout Team and paced the Sycamores with 17 points as he hit a trio of 3-pointers in the road victory over No. 21/22 Notre Dame. He scored 11 points to go with three rebounds and two assists in a home court victory over Bradley and went on to hit a career-high eight free throws to score 10 points against Illinois State. Gant tallied 14 points in the road victory over Northern Iowa while he scored 18 points as he set a new career-high with four 3-pointers in the MVC Championship Game against Wichita State.
Kitchell, a business administration major, scored seven points in the season opener against Ball State, hitting 2-of-3 shots from the field and his sixth career 3-pointer. He posted six points and six rebounds in the MVC Quarterfinal victory over Loyola and also tallied five points and four rebounds in the MVC Championship Game against Wichita State. Kitchell went on to set a career high with seven rebounds in the NIT at Arkansas.
The NABC Honors Court recognizes those mens collegiate basketball student-athletes who excelled in academics during the past season. 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. @NABC1927 invites you to share the success of these student athletes using #NABC #HONORSCOURT.
A record number 895 student-athletes from 338 colleges and universities earned NABC Honors Court distinction.
In order to be named to the Honors Court, a student-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 grade point average (GPA) of 3.2 or higher at the conclusion of the 2013-14 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 Division I or II institution with a NABC member coach.