Men’s Basketball First in SBC for Academic Progress

COURTESY: Arkansas State

JONESBORO, Ark. (5/16/14) – The NCAA released its annual Academic Progress Rates (APR) this week (May 14) and Arkansas State University ranks as the best in men’s basketball within the Sun Belt Conference (SBC).

The Red Wolves, under sixth-year head coach John Brady, registered a first-place 968 score to claim the top position among the Sun Belt Conference-member schools.

“I’m proud of this accomplishment,” said Brady.  “A lot of hard work by our student-athletes and my coaches being attentive to the needs of our student-athletes got us to this point.  We were at the bottom of the (Sun Belt) conference four years ago so this is quite a testament to everyone who has played a part in Arkansas State ranking at the top of the league in men’s basketball.

“This (APR) is something which can change yearly so it’s a continuous process for us in striving to retain and graduate our student-athletes,” added Brady.

The APR, which was developed by the NCAA in 2004, is a multi-year measurement of academic progress and an institution’s retention of student-athletes.  The APR is designed to track student-athletes who receive athletics financial aid.  The report is based on two factors – eligibility/progress toward graduation and retention.  The multi-year average for the latest Academic Progress Rate Report spans the last four years and institutions are awarded points when a student-athlete remains academically eligible for competition and when the student-athlete either returns to the institution the following semester or graduates.

A-State men’s basketball 968 score is based upon the most recent four-year period culminating in the 2012-13 academic year.  The most recent APRs are multi-year rates based on the rates from the 2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12 and 2012-13 academic years and a perfect APR team score is 1,000.

Those teams failing to maintain a high APR are subject to a wide range of penalties, including loss of scholarships and practice time, postseason bans, temporary restrictions on NCAA membership, and etc.

Complete information on the APR Report can be found on the NCAA’s website at www.ncaa.org.

Arkansas State finished the 2013-14 season with a 19-13 overall record and the 19 victories matched the 2012-13 A-State squad’s wins total (19-12 overall), which was the most single-season since 1997-98 (20-9 overall).  The last time A-State registered consecutive 19-win or more seasons was from 1986-89 when the Red Wolves went 21-13 overall in 1986-87, 21-14 in 1987-88, and 20-10 in 1988-89.

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