The National Association of Basketball Coaches recently announced the 2014-15 NABC Honors Court and Team Excellence Awards. The Hobart College basketball team earned a Team Academic Excellence Award and four Statesmen were among 1,000 student-athletes recognized for their academic excellence during the past season.
Seniors Trey Blanding, Connor Rehbaum, Andrew Hoy and Michael LaValle were among the record number of honorees who represented more than 350 colleges and universities. The Hobart basketball team was one of 175 colleges and universities to be recognized for having a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better for the 2014-15 season.
To earn a spot on the Honors Court, a student-athlete must meet a high standard of academic criteria. The qualifications include:
1. Academically a junior or senior and a varsity player.
2. Cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.2 or higher at the conclusion of the 2014-15 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 Division I or II institution with a NABC member coach.
A team captain and All-Liberty League second team honoree, Blanding started all 26 games last season. He led the league averaging 4.7 apg and added 9.8 ppg and 1.6 spg. He ranked third in the conference in assist-to-turnover and ranked fifth in steals. Blanding reached double digits in scoring 11 times this past winter. He finished his Hobart career with 706 points. Blanding ranks eighth on the Hobart all-time list with 348 career assists. The economics and philosophy major was a three-time Liberty League All-Academic selection and is making his second appearance on the NABC Honors Court.
A unanimous selection to the all-conference first team, Rehbaum is also making his second appearance on the NABC Honors Court. The sociology and American studies major was named to the D3hoops.com All-East third team and to the ECAC Upstate All-Star second team. A starter in all 26 games, Rehbaum led the Liberty League in 3-pointers made (66) and 3-pointer made per game (2.5). He also ranked second in 3-point field goal percentage (.384) and fourth in scoring average (15.3). His 66 3-pointers tied for the third most on the Statesmen single season list. Rehbaum led the team in scoring, 3-point shooting and rebounding and reached double digits in the scoring column 23 times. He finished his career 15th on the Statesmen career scoring list with 1,152 points and tied for fourth in career 3-pointers made with 182. Rehbaum was a three-time member of the Liberty League All-Academic team.
An All-Liberty League honorable mention pick and biochemistry major, Hoy ranked third in the conference in 3-point percentage and fourth in 3-point field goals made per game (2.3). He was second on the team and fourth in the league with 60 3-pointers made, which ranks eighth on Hobart’s single season list. Hoy started 25 of the 26 games he played in last season. He notched a career-high 19 points in a road win over Rochester. Hoy is making his second appearance on the NABC Honors Court and is a three-time Liberty League All-Academic selection.
A starter in all 26 games, LaValle averaged 18.4 minutes per game and scored 4.1 ppg. He logged a season-high 12 points twice last season. LaValle pulled down a season-high six rebounds in a home win over Skidmore. The political science major earned a spot on the 2015 Liberty League All-Academic team. LaValle played in 46 career games at Hobart.
Hobart finished the 2014-15 season with an 18-8 record. Only five teams in the 104-season history of the program have won more games in a season. The Statesmen posted a 13-3 mark in the Liberty League to finish second in the conference standings.