CULLOWHEE, N.C. - Rising senior Ashley Williams of the Western Carolina men’s basketball team was today (July 18) named to the 2016-17 National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Honors Court, recognizing those men’s collegiate basketball student-athletes who excelled in academics during the past season.
In order to be named to the NABC Honors Court, an athlete must meet a high standard of academic criteria including being a junior or senior academically; possess a cumulative GPA of 3.2-or-higher at the conclusion of the 2016-17 academic year; have matriculated at least one year at the current institution; and participate at a NCAA Division I, II, III or NAIA institution.
Williams carries a 3.39 GPA while majoring in communications. He appeared in in 20 of WCU’s 32 games after missing the first eight games due to injury. He averaged just over five points a game and had a career-high 24 points in Western Carolina’s win over Mars Hill. He also turned in a 20-point performance at The Citadel for the Catamounts late in the season.
Williams was one of just four student-athletes from the Southern Conference to be honored as he was joined on the list by Rashad Lewis of Mercer and Jordy Kuiper and Justin Jordan from UNCG. He is also the first Catamount to find a spot on the list since 2011 when Sam Smithson received the honor.