Wallace State’s men’s basketball team was recognized in Montgomery on Wednesday at the Alabama Community College System (ACCS) monthly board meeting for being named the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Academic Team of the Year for men’s basketball after compiling a cumulative 3.48 GPA this past season.
John Meeks’ squad is one of 27 programs in the country to be named a NJCAA Academic Team of the Year.
Here’s the transcript of Wednesday’s resolution:
WHEREAS, Wallace State Community College’s Men’s Basketball Team was named the 2017-2018 National Junior College Athletic Association Academic Team of the Year with the best team GPA in the country, a 3.48 average GPA; and
WHEREAS, eight Wallace State Lions players were recognized by the NJCAA for individual academic accomplishments. Geordan Walker, Max Clark, Jerry Lwamba, Chris Rollins, Demarkus Lampley and Mike Johnson earned NJCAA All-Academic Second Team honors with GPA’s between 3.80-3.99, and Jonathan Andre and Kevin Wharton-Price earned NJCAA All-Academic Third Team honors with GPAs between 3.60-3.79; and
WHEREAS, the Wallace State Men’s Basketball Team, under the leadership of Coach John Meeks, sets regular goals for academic achievement, makes success in the classroom a team priority, and boasts near perfect graduation rates; and
WHEREAS, the influence of coaches and impact of their mentorship on student-athlete development cannot be overstated; and
WHEREAS, Wallace State has signed a men’s basketball player with a Division I program for 14 consecutive years; and
WHEREAS, the Wallace State Men’s Basketball Team, under the leadership of Coach John Meeks, has earned two of its three Alabama Community College Conference Championships and NJCAA Division I National Tournament appearances. Coach Meeks has guided the Lions to six postseason appearances in the past eight seasons; and
WHEREAS, Coach John Meeks, the 2014 ACCC Coach of the Year and 2015 ACCC Co-North Division Coach of the Year, has achieved a 151-105 record at Wallace State after eight seasons, and holds the college’s men’s basketball record for wins in a single season, with 32 wins in both 2007-09 and 2009-10; and
WHEREAS, Wallace State is home to two former NJCAA First Team All-Americans by Sport, with Cory Cooperwood and L.A. Farmer earning the designation twice; and
WHEREAS, the Wallace State men’s basketball, which served as the foundation for Wallace State’s athletics program when it began in 1976, has represented Wallace State and the Alabama Community College System with distinction for many years;
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