MEN’S BASKETBALL RECEIVES NABC TEAM ACADEMIC AWARD; HERRICK, STRINGS & MARTIN ALSO HONORED INDIVIDUALLY

MEN’S BASKETBALL RECEIVES NABC TEAM ACADEMIC AWARD; HERRICK, STRINGS & MARTIN ALSO HONORED INDIVIDUALLY

NABC Team Academic Excellence Award winners
NABC Honors Court Award winners

SACRAMENTO -- Over the last seven days, the Sacramento State men's basketball team has received multiple academic honors from the National Association of Basketball Coaches.

Not only did the Hornets earn the Team Academic Excellence Award from the NABC last week, but the organization also named seniors Justin Strings and James Herrick, as well as junior Calvin Martin to its Honors Court.

The NABC hands out the Team Academic Excellence Award to programs that recorded a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better during the 2017-18 academic year. The Hornets recently posted a 3.124 team GPA during the spring semester, and nine different players posted better than a 3.0, and four had better than a 3.5. The team's overall grade point average is now a 3.002, the second highest mark in program history.

Recipients of the NABC Honors Court Award must have been academically a junior or senior last season while maintaining a cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or better. Strings, Herrick and Martin each met those standards. It marks the third straight year at least two Hornets have earned Honors Court mention.

Both Strings and Herrick were fourth-year seniors and earned the accolade for the second straight year. In addition, both graduated from Sacramento State with communication studies degrees in May. Strings, a four-time Big Sky Conference all-academic selection, finished his career with 1,560 points, the most in the program's Div. I era (1991-pres.).

Herrick, a center, played in 24 games his senior season, while Martin, also a center, played in 28 games. Martin (kinesiology major) played his first season with the Hornets in 2017-18 after transferring from Citrus College.