Ohio State Buckeyes earn academic honor from basketball coaches association

Adam Jardy
The 2018-19 Ohio State men's basketball team in a preseason photo. Front row from left are: Danny Hummer, Micah Potter, Andre Wesson, C.J. Jackson, Joey Lane and Keyshawn Woods. Back row from left are: CJ Walker, Luther Muhammad, Justin Ahrens, Kaleb Wesson, Kyle Young, Jaedon LeDee, Musa Jallow and Duane Washington Jr. (Kirk Irwin/Ohio State Athletics via AP)

For a second straight season, the Ohio State men’s basketball team has received a Team Academic Excellence Award presented by the National Association of Basketball Coaches.

The honor is presented to teams with a cumulative grade-point average of better than 3.0 for the entire season. The Buckeyes earned the award for the 2018-19 season and have now been so honored during both of coach Chris Holtmann’s seasons with the program.

Ohio State posted a 3.03 team grade-point average for the season. In all, 11 members of the team topped the 3.0 mark, and the team has had an grade-point average of better than 3.0 for four straight weeks.


For the second straight year, our team has earned the @NABC1927 Team Excellence Award for their 2018-19 academic performance.

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— Ohio State Hoops (@OhioStateHoops) July 11, 2019

Across the NCAA, NAIA and NJCAA, 154 schools earned the honor. Northwestern is the only other Big Ten team aside from Ohio State to earn the award.

The team grade-point average also nets Holtmann a bonus. A team grade-point average of better than 3.0 as calculated for the fall and spring semesters on May 30 of each other nets him a $50,000 bonus.

Under Holtmann, the Buckeyes have also made progress with their Academic Performance Review rating. After achieving a score of 981 for the 2017-18 season, the most recent year for which data is available, Ohio State increased its rolling four-year average to 940, above the threshold for any penalties.


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