Shenandoah University’s men’s basketball program was recognized for academic excellence by the National Association of Basketball Coaches for the first time in program history, the school announced Friday morning.

The Hornets, in their third season under head coach Adam Walsh, earned an NABC Team Excellence Award after posting a 3.18 GPA in the fall semester and a 3.74 GPA in the spring, according to a news release from SU.

Eight of SU’s 14 players posted a GPA higher than 3.25 for the 2019-20 school year.

Senior forward Alan Dabney, who graduated with a 3.75 GPA as a criminal justice major and began graduate studies in the spring, according to a news release, was named to the NABC Honors Court on Wednesday. To be eligible for that designation, players must be in at least their junior year academically and have at least a 3.2 cumulative GPA.

Dabney, a Mechanicsville native, was a three-time Academic All-Old Dominion Athletic Conference honoree during his time in SU’s men’s basketball program. He was selected in May as Shenandoah’s Outstanding Male Student-Athlete for the Class of 2020.

Shenandoah was one of three ODAC schools, along with Guilford and Washington and Lee, to earn the award.

On Thursday, Shenandoah track and field athlete Elijah Morton was named an All-Academic selection by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association, while SU’s men’s and women’s indoor and outdoor track programs eached picked up All-Academic team awards.

Morton, an All-American during the indoor season in the 60-meter dash, graduated with a 3.68 GPA as a business administration major, according to a news release. In order to qualify for USTFCCCA All-Academic status, individuals must have at least a 3.3 GPA and be an NCAA qualifier in at least one event. Morton, who was selected as SU’s Outstanding Male Athlete for the Class of 2020, qualified for the NCAA indoor championships in the 60-meter before they were canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Shenandoah University’s women’s track and field program finished the school year with a 3.64 GPA, while the men’s posted a 3.4 GPA, according to a news release. To earn the USTFCCCA’s academic team award, squads must have at least a 3.1 GPA.

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