(New Orleans, La.) The National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) named Manuel “Rocco” Gandara, Cameron Hill, and Steve Davis to the 2012-2013 Honors Court. Additionally the Loyola University New Orleans men’s basketball team earned the NABC Inaugural Team Academic Excellence Award.
The NABC hands out the individual awards to honor the work of these student-athletes on the court and in the classroom. In order to be named to the Honors Court, a student-athlete must be a junior or senior varsity player, have a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher, have matriculated at the institution for one season, and be a member of the NCAA Division I, II, III, or NAIA.
Manuel “Rocco” Gandara is a 6’8” Junior forward from Tintillo Guaynabo, Puerto Rico who played in 28 games off the bench for the Wolf Pack this past season. He averaged 2.54 points and 2.61 rebounds per game as the Wolf Pack finished the 2012-13 campaign with a 16-14 record. Gandara is an international business major who is in his third season playing for Loyola. He was also named as a NAIA Daktronics Scholar-Athlete and a member of the SSAC All-Academic team.
Steve Davis graduated this May with a degree in biology. Davis is a native of Wangi Wangi, Australia who averaged 5.1 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 1.2 blocks nightly. He ranked 39th in total blocks and 40th in blocks per game in NAIA Division I. Davis was also named to the Capital One Academic All-District team and the SSAC All-Academic team earlier this year.
Cameron Hill earned the honors after averaging 5.3 points and 3.1 rebounds in his first season donning the maroon and gold. The junior from Chicago, Illinois, was also named to the SSAC All-Academic team as well as being the Wolf Pack’s Champion of Character.
The team award is given to a team whose GPA is 3.0 or higher and includes all team members who were listed on the roster at any point during the 2012-2013 season. The men’s basketball squad was one of only 96 institutions across the three NCAA Divisions and two NAIA divisions to earn the NABC Inaugural Team Academic Excellence Award.