KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Charleston Southern's Zach Durkee and Patrick Wallace have been named to the 2016-17 National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Honors Court, the organization announced on Tuesday. The duo graduated this past May, and constitutes two of the Big South Conference's five representatives on the list.
Durkee earned a degree in business administration, with an emphasis in entrepreneurship. He was a staple on the Dean's List at CSU, compiling a 3.76 career GPA. Durkee transferred from Columbia International in 2014-15, and was part of the Bucs' Big South regular season title as a redshirt player. He played in seven games over the last two seasons, and earned a start in last year's Senior Day win over High Point. The Anderson, S.C., native is currently a graduate assistant on the basketball staff at The Citadel, where he is pursuing a master's degree in sports management.
Wallace earned his degree in communications studies, finishing with a 3.32 GPA. He garnered All-Big South Academic Team honors in both his seasons at CSU after transferring from North Carolina State. On the court, Wallace made his mark as one of the league's top three-point shooters. He finished his career top-20 in CSU history in three-point field goals and 21st in three-point field goal percentage. Wallace is currently a graduate assistant on the basketball staff at Northwestern, where is pursuing a master's degree in sports administration.
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:
1. Academically a junior or senior and a varsity player.
2. Cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.2 or higher at the conclusion of the 2016-17 academic year.
3. Students must have matriculated at least one year at their current institution.
4. Member of a NCAA Division I, II, III, or NAIA Division I or II institution with a NABC member coach.
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.