July 17, 2013
Recent Siena grads O.D. Anosike '13 and Davis Martens '13 were each named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Honors Court for excelling academically during the 2012-13 season.
In order to be named to the Honors Court, a student athlete must meet a high standard of academic criteria which includes that they are either a junior or senior, possess a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher at the conclusion of the 2011-12 academic year, have spent at least one year at their current institution and be a member of an NCAA Division I, II, III or NAIA institution.
Anosike was the heart and soul of this year's team, and he graduated with a 3.35 GPA in economics. On the court, he became just the second player in the last 40 years to lead the nation in rebounding in back-to-back seasons. He averaged 11.4 rebounds per game as a senior, and became just the third player in program history to break 1,000 career rebounds, finish second all-time with 1,076 boards. He was named to the NABC District 1 First Team and the MAAC Second Team after averaging a team-best 13.3 points and a Division I best 11.4 rebounds per game. He shot 50% from the field and averaged 37.1 minutes per game - the 10th most nationally. He was one of just 30 candidates nationally for the prestigious Senior CLASS Award which measures success in completion, the classroom, the community and an individual's character. He recently represented the United States against international competition in France, and is on the summer league roster for the Denver Nuggets.
Martens won the Rev. Benjamin Kuhn, O.F.M, Student Athlete Award at the men's basketball team's annual banquet back in April. Martens graduated with a 3.39 GPA in economics after posting a 3.70 GPA as a senior. For his efforts he was named to the MAAC All-Academic team and MAAC Honor Roll this season. On the court, Martens finished his career playing his best basketball, averaging 11.2 points and shooting 57% from the field the last six games.
About the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC)
Located in Kansas City, Missouri, the NABC was founded in 1927 by Phog Allen, the legendary basketball coach at the University of Kansas. Allen, a student of James Naismith, the inventor of basketball, organized coaches into this collective group to serve as Guardians of the Game. The NABC currently has nearly 5,000 members consisting primarily of university and college men's basketball coaches. All members of the NABC are expected to uphold the core values of being a Guardian of the Game by bringing attention to the positive aspects of the sport of basketball and the role coaches play in the academic and athletic lives of today's student-athletes. The four core values of being a Guardian of the Game are advocacy, leadership, service and education. For additional information about the NABC, its programs and membership, go to www.nabc.org.