ASHEVILLE, N.C. - UNC Asheville graduating seniors Matt Dickey and Jeremy Harn have been named to the NABC Honors Court, which recognizes collegiate basketball student-athletes who excelled in academics during the 2011-12 season.


Dickey graduated in May with a degree in Health & Wellness Promotion, while Harn graduated with a degree in Political Science.


The duo helped lead UNC Asheville to its second straight Big South Conference championship and trip to the NCAA Tournament. The Bulldogs finished the year with a 24-10 overall record, the best mark in school history.


"I'm really proud of Matt and Jeremy to make the NABC Honors Court," stated Bulldog coach Eddie Biedenbach. "Both of these young men did an outstanding job for us this season and in their entire careers. They were leaders for on the court and in the classroom, as well."


UNC Asheville was the only school in the Big South to have more than one player to be recognized by the NABC.  Dickey and Harn were two of just 10 players from NCAA Division I programs in North Carolina to earn NABC recognition.


Dickey was the Big South Conference Player of the Year this past season and was named to the Big South All Academic team for men's basketball for the third straight year. Harn, who also performed for the Bulldogs Track and Field squad, made the Big South All Academic team for Outdoor Track and Field in April.


The NABC (National Association of Basketball Coaches) Honors Court recognizes the talents and gifts that these men possess off the court, and the hard work they exhibit in the classroom. In order to be named to the Honors Court, an athlete must meet a high standard of academic criteria.


The qualifications are as follows:


1. Academically a junior or senior and a varsity player.


2. Cumulative G.P.A. of 3.2 or higher at the conclusion of the 2011-12 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 Institution.


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.