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Four Western Washington University Men's Basketball Players Earn Academic Awards from National Association of Basketball Coaches

Four Western Washington University Men’s Basketball student-athletes have been recognized for their academic excellence as members of the 2020-21 National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Honors Court.

WWU student-athletes RJ Secrest (Silverdale, WA/Central Kitsap), Ivan Bullock (Orcas Island, WA), Daniel Hornbuckle (Fairbanks, AK/Portland CC) and Lucas Holden (Anaheim Hills, CA/Santiago Canyon College) were all recognized for their excellence in the classroom.

“I am very proud of the success these four student-athletes have achieved in the classroom, providing great academic leadership in our program,” said WWU head coach Tony Dominguez.

This marks the second consecutive season that Secrest has been selected to the NABC Honors Court. The junior guard carries a 3.49 cumulative GPA while pursuing a double major in finance and marketing.

Secrest and Bullock were also selected to the 2020-21 GNAC All-Academic Team, and Holden earned the prestigious GNAC FAR Award while maintaining a 3.88 GPA as a Chemistry major. Bullock carries a 3.68 GPA double majoring in Kinesiology and Behavioral Neuroscience.

A total of 19 GNAC men’s basketball players earned the NABC Honors Court award for 2020-21.

The NABC Honors Court highlights the talents and gifts that these student-athletes displayed on the court and the hard work they exhibit in the classroom. To be named to the Honors Court, a student-athlete must meet a high standard of academic criteria.

Nominees to the NABC Honors Court must be of junior academic standing or greater, have a cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or higher, must have been at the nominating institution for at least one year, and must be a member of an NCAA or NAIA program with an NABC member coach.

All four Vikings are juniors in the classroom as they close in on achieving their undergraduate degrees at WWU. Western did not play any games during the 2020-21 season due to the global pandemic but will take the court during the upcoming season as the defending Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC) champions after winning the conference tournament in March 2019.

2020-21 NABC Honors Court Award Winners:

RJ Secrest (Finance & Marketing)

Ivan Bullock (Behavioral Neuroscience)

Daniel Hornbuckle (Communications

Lucas Holden (Chemistry)

WWU is scheduled to make its much-anticipated 2021-22 debut on Oct. 17, 2021, in the annual Blue-White Scrimmage on WECU Court in Carver Gym. The first 2021-22 regular season action is scheduled for Nov. 12-13 at the CCAA/GNAC Challenge in Carson, California, taking on Humboldt State and tournament host Cal State Dominguez Hills. WWU begins its defense of the GNAC title on Saturday, Dec. 4 hosting Simon Fraser University in Carver Gym.

The complete schedule for the 2021-22 season can be viewed online at WWUVikings.com/21-22_MBB.

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