Men's Basketball Heads America East Programs in the Classroom

Men's Basketball Heads America East Programs in the Classroom

BALTIMORE – UMBC men's basketball finished at the top of the class academically amongst America East programs for the 2015-16 academic calendar.

The Retrievers posted a league-high 3.08 grade-point average for the recently-completed year, as the conference announced the results of its annual Academic Cup.

Moreover, Ryan Odom's charges topped all of UMBC's men's programs this spring with a 3.17 semester grade-point average.

"I'm extremely proud of our players' performance in the classroom," Odom said. "Our players are driven to succeed and it's nice to see their hard work come to fruition. [Academic Advisor] Abbie Day, Coach [Aki] Thomas and his staff played a vital role and share in this success."

Rising sophomores Joe Sherburne (Whitefish Bay, Wisc.) and Joel Wincowski (Lake George, N.Y.) earned dean' list honors (min. 3.75 gpa) in the spring, while rising junior Malcolm L. Brent (Silver Spring, Md.) earned academic semester honors (min. 3.50 gpa).

Notes: UMBC's student-athletes topped the 3.0 plateau (3.03) for the spring semester as over 60 percent of Retriever student-athletes earned a 3.0 mark or higher… The Retriever women's swimming and diving (3.39 gpa) team were just one of two league championship teams to lead their respective sports… 33 UMBC student-athletes posted 4.0 semester grade-point averages… Every America East institution and 75 percent of its teams averaged better than a 3.0 GPA collectively in 2015-16.