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Success in the Classroom
Release: Monday 07/17/2013 


KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Bradley was the only Missouri Valley Conference school to place as many as four players on the 2012-13 NABC Honors Court, according to the announcement of the academic excellence award from the National Association of Basketball Coaches Wednesday afternoon.

Juniors Walt Lemon, Jr. (Chicago, Ill./Julian H.S.) and Tyshon Pickett (Passaic, N.J./Passaic H.S.) were joined by 2013 graduates Jake Eastman (Richmond, Va./Douglas Freeman H.S.) and Milos Knezevic (Las Vegas, Nev./Liberty H.S.) as Bradley’s representatives on the 2012-13 NABC Honors Court. The criteria for selection to the court includes being a junior or senior varsity player, maintaining a cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or higher, having attended their current school for at least one year and being a member of a NCAA Division I, II, III or NAIA institution.

More than 700 student-athletes from 285 colleges and universities from across the country were recognized on the 2012-13 NABC Honors Court, though Stanford and Valparaiso, each with five honorees, were the only two NCAA Division I programs with more representatives than Bradley. Paced by the four Braves, a total of 13 Missouri Valley Conference student-athletes earned the recognition and no other Valley school had more than two honorees.

A two-time, first-team Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athlete (2012 and 2013), Lemon boasts a 3.25 cumulative grade point average as a psychology major. After joining Bradley legend Hersey Hawkins as the only players in school and MVC history to record 500 points, 100 rebounds, 100 assists and 70 steals in a single season, Lemon will enter the 2013-14 campaign as The Valley’s active leader with 1,146 career points.

Majoring in sociology, Pickett sports a 3.36 cumulative grade point average. The 6-foot-6 forward earned a spot on the 2013 MVC All-Newcomer Team after averaging 11.0 points and 5.5 rebounds per game last season.

Eastman earned his degree in sports communication in May, graduating with a 3.39 cumulative grade point average. A repeat qualifier for the NABC Honors Court, he twice was voted a second-team MVC Scholar-Athlete (2012, 2013). On the floor, he averaged career-bests in most every statistical category last season, including 6.4 points and 4.2 rebounds per game.

Knezevic also graduated in May, sporting a 3.23 cumulative grade point average to earn his degree in communications (public relations). While appearing in 70 games throughout his four-year Bradley career, he earned a spot on the Bradley Athletic Director’s Honor Roll in each of his final seven semesters.

Led by the four NABC Honors Court qualifiers, 13 members of the Bradley Basketball team earned a spot on the Bradley Athletic Director’s Honor Roll during at least one of the two academic semesters for the second consecutive year. Since posting a program-record semester grade point average during the 2011 Fall term boosted the team's cumulative grade point average over 3.0 for the first time in program history, the Braves have kept their cumulative GPA above 3.0 for each of the last four semesters.

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