VIENNA, W.Va. – The National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) recently announced their Honors Court for the 2012-13 season with a recent Ohio Valley University graduate making the elite distinction.
Mustafa Helal was recognized to the Honor Court along with more than 700 student athletes from 285 colleges and universities. Helal, a bio-chemistry major from Windsor, Ontario, Canada, played with the Fighting Scots for all four years he attended OVU.
“Mustafa really epitomizes the term student-athlete. He has taken his academics very seriously from day one upon arrival at OVU. I am extremely proud of his accomplishments in his major, biochemistry,” OVU Head Men’s Basketball Coach Mike Snell said.
The NABC Honors Court recognizes the talents and gifts that players possess off the court, and the hard work they exhibit in the classroom. In order to be named to the NABC Honors Court, a student-athlete must meet a high standard of academic criteria. Qualified players must receive a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.2 or higher at the conclusion of the 2012-13 academic year, as well as an academic standing of a junior or senior and a varsity player. Players must also have matriculated at least one year at their current institution and also must be a member of an NCAA Division I, II, III, or NAIA Division I or II institution.
Located in Kansas City, Missouri, the NABC was founded in 1927 and 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. For additional information about the NABC, its programs and membership, go to www.nabc.org.
Ohio Valley University competes in the NCAA Division II in men's baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, lacrosse, soccer and wrestling, as well as women's basketball, golf, cross country, softball, soccer and volleyball. Visit www.ovu.edu to learn more.