The National Junior College Athletic Association announced Tuesday the names of the 2012-13 NJCAA Academic Student-Athlete Awards. Ben Wilson of the Men’s Basketball Team earned the NJCAA Pinnacle Award for Academic Excellence while Tiffany Brasby of the Softball Team earned the NJCAA Award for Superior Academic Achievement.
More than 1,600 NJCAA student-athletes met the requirements for individual academic honors, including 169 that earned the Pinnacle Award for Academic Excellence (4.0 GPA). Superior Academic Achievement (3.8+ GPA) honors went to 592 student-athletes and over 900 met the standard for Exemplary Academic Achievement (3.6+ GPA).
This season, close to 60,000 student-athletes competed in the NJCAA across 3,500 teams in 28 different sports.
Wilson earned the NJCAA Pinnacle Award for Academic Excellence, the highest academic honor bestowed by the NJCAA. Wilson finished his career with a perfect 4.0 GPA. Wilson was a sophomore captain on the Knights basketball team that won a school record 30 games on its way to the Region IX Championship and reached the second-round of the NJCAA National Tournament. Wilson averaged 9.9 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game. Wilson, originally from Brisbane, Australia has signed with Division I Idaho State University to continue his career.
Brasby earned the NJCAA Award for Superior Academic Achievement with her 3.9 GPA. The award is given to students who finish with a GPA between 3.80 to 3.99. Brasby played in all 43 games as a sophomore for the Knights. She led the team with 48 hits on a .361 batting average. Brasby, originally from North Platte, has signed with NAIA Morningside College to continue her career.