BRISTOL, Tenn. – Two King Tornado Men's Basketball players are among the 479 student-athletes named to the 2012 Honors Court, presented by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC). Seniors Eddie Piccinini and Brandon Crompton displayed exemplary skills on the court and the classroom during the 2011-12 academic year to receive the honor.
Official NABC release with complete Honors Court list - click here
Piccinini, a native of Orlando, Fla., led the team in scoring with 494 points, averaging 16.5 points per game. He was second on the team in assists with 76 and shot 43.2 percent from the field while netting 36.4 percent from beyond the arc. He contributed 27 ten points or more games, nine 20 points or more games, and delivered his career high 32 points against Lincoln Memorial University in the first round of the DII NCAA tournament. Academically, Piccinini was a member of the Men's Basketball Academic All-Conference Team while majoring in business management. The senior was also named King College Student-Athlete Advisory Committee Male Student-Athlete of the Month for the month of January.
Crompton completed his junior season averaging 1.4 points per game and 2.2 rebounds per game in 26 games played. He set season highs in points with nine against Carson-Newman in the season opener while posting a season highs in rebounds (10) and blocks (2) in 20 minutes against Bluefield State. Crompton is double majoring in biology and chemistry.
King is one of only three Conference Carolinas schools represented on the 2012 NABC Honors Court. Lees-McRae and North Greenville placed nine additional student-athletes on the list to bring the conference total to 11.
The NABC Honors Court recognizes the talents and gifts that these men possess off the court, and the hard work they exhibit in the classroom. In order to be named to the Honors Court, an 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 G.P.A. of 3.2 or higher at the conclusion of the 2011-12 academic year.
3. Students must have matriculated at least one year at their current institution.
4. Member of an NCAA Division I, II, III, or NAIA Institution.
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.