Seventeen #SummitMBB Players Named to NABC Honors Court

Seventeen #SummitMBB Players Named to NABC Honors Court

ELMHURST, Ill. – The National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) announced the 2013-14 NABC Honors Court, recognizing men's collegiate basketball student-athletes who excelled in academics during the past season. Of record 895 student-athletes earning NABC Honors Court distinction, 17 hailed from The Summit League.

South Dakota State led the way with five honorees while league champion North Dakota State, IUPUI, Omaha each placed three, South Dakota had two and Denver one.

In order to be named to the Honors Court, a student-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 grade point average (GPA) of 3.2 or higher at the conclusion of the 2013-14 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 Division I or II institution with a NABC member coach.

A list of Summit League honorees is below. To view the full list of national honorees, click here for the full NABC release.

Jordan Aaberg, North Dakota State (Sr., Management Information Systems)
Marcellus Barksdale, IUPUI (Jr., Sports Management)
Brandon Bos, South Dakota (Jr., Sport Management)
Brayden Carlson, South Dakota State (Sr., Economics)
Jordan Dykstra, South Dakota State (Sr., Biology/Pre-Dentistry)
Mike Felt, North Dakota State (Sr., Physical/Health Education)
Jack Foley, South Dakota (Jr., Biology)
Matt Hagerbaumer, Omaha (Sr., Finance, Banking and Marketing)
Marcus Heemstra, South Dakota State (Sr., Math)
PJ Hubert, IUPUI (Sr., Sports Management)
Cory Jacobsen, South Dakota State (Jr., Exercise Science)
Chris Kading, North Dakota State (Jr., Exercise Science)
John Karhoff, Omaha (Sr., Journalism)
Cody Larson, South Dakota State (Jr., Psychology)
Griffin McKenzie, Denver (Sr., Finance)
Khufu Najee, IUPUI (Sr., General Studies)
Caleb Steffensmeier, Omaha (Sr., Accounting)


In its fourth decade of Division I athletics, The Summit League features men's basketball teams from nine member institutions: Denver, Fort Wayne, IUPUI, North Dakota State, Omaha, Oral Roberts, South Dakota, South Dakota State and Western Illinois. Over the past five seasons (2010-14), The Summit League is tied for the nation's highest RPI gain (+8) during that span. In 2013-14, The Summit League had three teams advance in national postseason tournaments, highlighted by an NCAA Tournament Round of 64 victory, recorded its third consecutive top-20 RPI finish, achieved an all-time high USA Today Sagarin rating, and saw a record 10 former players on NBA and D-League rosters. The Summit League Basketball Championships, called "March's Best-Kept Secret" by USA Today and among the most attended tournaments in the nation, move into the brand-new Denny Sanford PREMIER Center in Sioux Falls, S.D., March 7-10, 2015.  For more information about the league and to "See The Summit", visit, follow Summit League Basketball on Twitter @summithoops, download The Summit League's Front Row app and watch the weekly "Inside The Summit League" show at