FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Rising seniors Ben Olayinka and Luis Flores were named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches Honors Court, the NABC announced. The award recognized those collegiate basketball student-athletes who excelled in academics during the 2011-12 season.
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 include varsity status for at least one year as a junior or senior with a cumulative 3.2 grade point average or higher at the conclusion of the 2011-12 academic year at a NCAA Division I, II, III, or NAIA Institution.
Flores, a product of Scottsdale's Coronado High School, earned the award for the second consecutive year. He saw action in 23 games with three starts last season, averaging 1.3 points per game...He had a season-high nine points against Arizona Christian and made 8-of 18 attempts beyond the arc (44.4%) for the season. He has a 3.57 grade point average and is majoring in biomedical science with a minor in chemistry.
Olayinka, who is from Corvallis, Ore., is majoring in electrical engineering and posted a 3.90 GPA in his first season at NAU. He saw action in 25 games with three starts, averaged 1.8 points and 1.9 rebounds per game. He made his first career start at Portland State, scoring six points and tying career-high with six boards and had a season-high seven points and six boards in his Big Sky debut against Sacramento State.