WALTHAM, Mass. – There were seven juniors and seniors on this past season's Bentley University men's basketball team. All seven were named to the NABC Honors Court by the National Association of Basketball Coaches for amassing a cumulative 3.2 grade point average at the end of the 2016-17 academic year.
The Falcon seniors were Matt Barr (Stratham, N.H./Cushing Academy), Ferguson Duke (Dartmouth, N.H./Hun School (N.J.)), Tyler Gibson (Rockland/Rockland HS) and Chris Murray (Littleton/Littleton HS) while the juniors were Nick Burton (Falmouth, Maine/Falmouth HS), Nick Turkington (Cromwell, Conn./Cromwell HS) and Brandon Wheeler (Stamford, Conn./Trinity Catholic HS).
Barr, Duke and Wheeler were starters for veteran coach Jay Lawson, Murray and Turkington played in over 20 games off the bench. Gibson was a starter in three of his 16 appearances and Burton got in three contests.
Majors were marketing (Barr, Burton, Gibson), computer information systems (Duke), corporate finance and accounting (Murray), actuarial science (Turkington) and finance (Wheeler).
Of all the NCAA and NAIA institutions playing basketball, a number well over 1,000, Bentley was just one of 11 with seven or more honorees. The only other Division II programs with at least that many were Colorado School of Mines and Hillsdale College.
Bentley also received a Team Academic Excellence Award from the NABC for the third time in four years. Those are presented for compiling a team GPA of 3.0 or better.
Bentley finished the 2016-17 season with a 14-13 overall record.