KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Saint Mary's men's basketball student-athletes Matthew Dellavedova and Beau Levesque were honored by the National Association of Basketball Coaches as members of the 2012-13 NABC Honors Court, the association announced today.
Both players participated in graduation ceremonies in May. Levesque enters his final year of eligibility in 2013-14, while Dellavedova is currently playing for the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Summer League.
Levesque, a rising senior on the current SMC basketball team, earned his undergraduate degree in kinesiology. Last season the Lafayette, Calif. native played in all 35 games during the season and earned five starts. He averaged 10.6 points and 4.4 rebounds per game and was selected to WCC All-Academic Team for second-straight year.
He was named to the department's Athletic Director's Honor Roll as having one of the top 13 grade point averages among all student-athetes and earned the Mens Sana in Corpore Sano Award during graduation ceremonies as the outstanding undergraduate senior student in the school's Department of Kinesiology.
Dellavedova graduated in May with a degree in psychology and earned Capital One Academic All-America® honors as a junior and senior. He was named the West Coast Conference Male Mike Gilleran Scholar-Athlete of the Year and earned the athletic department's George R. McKeon Award, given to the student-athlete who demonstrates excellece in athletics, academics and in the community.
The Maryborough, Victoria, Australia native joined for SMC guard Patrick Mills as a starter in the backcourt for the Australian National Team that advanced to the quarterfinals at the 2012 London Olympics. He was a two-time finalist for the Bob Cousy Award, given to the nation's top point guard, and ended his career as the Gaels' all-time leader in scoring, assists, 3-pointers, free throw shooting, appearances and starts.
The NABC Honors Court honors collegiate basketball student-athletes who excelled in academics during the 2012-13 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.
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:
- Academically a junior or senior and a varsity player.
- Cumulative G.P.A. of 3.2 or higher at the conclusion of the 2012-13 academic year.
- Students must have matriculated at least one year at their current institution.
- Member of an NCAA Division I, II, III, or NAIA Division I or II 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.