KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Fans of the Chico State men's basketball team don't need reminding that the program has accomplished plenty in the last several years. But Wednesday's announcement that five Wildcat players – Jake Lovisolo, Damario Sims, Rashad Parker, Sean Park and Nate Appel – are among those included in the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) 2012-13 Honors Court, it serves as yet further proof that the 'Cats succeed both on and off the court.
The NABC's Honors Court selection, handed out to more than 700 student-athletes from 287 college and university institutions throughout the country, uses a high standard of academic criteria to recognize the talents and gifts junior and senior players possess off the court, and the hard work they exhibit in the classroom.
Chico State is one of just 30 schools across the three NCAA divisions and two NAIA divisions boasting as many as five Honors Court members. Chico State, Stanford and Redlands are the only three schools in California with at least five honorees.
For Lovisolo, it's the second academic honor he's earned in 2012-13 and eighth since enrolling at Chico State. Last April, Lovisolo was the recipient of the school's Bud Hanna Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year award.
Appel adds the Honors Court designation to last year's California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) All-Academic and Division II Athletic Directors Association Academic Achievement Awards. Park was also a CCAA All-Academic selection in 2011-12.