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Per Duke Comms:

The Duke men’s basketball team has earned an Academic Excellence Award and five Blue Devils were named to the Academic Honors Court as the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) announced their academic awards for the 2022-23 season.

Duke’s Honors Court recipients were Jaylen BlakesKale CatchingsJacob GrandisonSpencer Hubbard and Ryan Young. To be named to the Honors Court, a student-athlete must be academically a junior, senior or graduate student and a varsity player and have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.2 or higher at the conclusion of the 2022-23 academic year.

To receive the Team Academic Excellence Award, a program must achieve a team GPA of 3.0 or higher for the previous academic year. In head coach Jon Scheyer’s first season, the ACC champion Blue Devils owned a 3.12 team GPA, with eight players earning a spot on the ACC Academic Honor Roll and four on the All-ACC Academic Team – BlakesGrandison, Young and freshman Kyle Filipowski.

Duke was one of seven ACC institutions honored with the team excellence award, joining Florida State, Louisville, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Virginia and Virginia Tech.

Each institution must count the GPA of all men’s basketball student-athletes who were listed on the team roster during the previous season. All four-year and two-year colleges with at least one active NABC-member coach are eligible. Over 1,800 players earned spots on the NABC Honors Court and over 300 programs received NABC Team Academic Excellence Awards for 2022-23. The NABC’s academic awards include honorees from all levels of college basketball.

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