Recent Seattle University graduate T.J. Diop (Queensland, Australia), a two-year letterwinner in the Redhawk men’s basketball program, was named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Honors Court for his work in the classroom, announced Wednesday by the national organization.
Diop graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology, posting a 3.223 grade point average. Earlier in the academic year, he was one of three Seattle U basketball players to earn Academic All-WAC recognition for contributions both on the basketball court and in the classroom.
This past season, Diop appeared in 21 games, including a spot in the starting lineup for the Senior Night contest at KeyArena against UT Arlington Feb. 16. In a home game against Utah State Feb. 2, Diop finished with four points, plus he tied his career high by pulling down six rebounds.
In order to be named to the NABC Honors Court, a student-athlete must be a junior or a senior academically, must have played for an NCAA or NAIA institution in 2012-13, must have spent at least one year at the nominating institution, and must have at least a 3.2 grade point average at the conclusion of the 2012-13 academic year.
Diop is one of only three players from the five NCAA Division I schools in Washington to receive the honor, joining Jordan Hickert and Kevin Winford of Eastern Washington. He also joins Chase Hallam of Denver and Spencer Butterfield and Ben Clifford of Utah State as NABC Honors Court honorees from the 2012-13 version of the Western Athletic Conference.
Located in Kansas City, Mo., 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. For additional information about the NABC, its programs and membership, go to www.nabc.org.