The University of Scranton men’s basketball team had plenty of success on the court last season, winning 24 games, capturing its fifth Landmark Conference title in seven years, and advancing to the NCAA Tournament for the seventh time under head coach Carl Danzig and the 25th time in program history.
But for as successful as the Royals were when the hit the hardwood, they were equally successful when they hit the books. Five players were recognized on Tuesday when they were named to the National Association of Basketball Association Honors Court. The five players recognized are seniors Michael Barr (North Wales, Pa./Lansdale Catholic), Mike Marchman (Blauvelt, N.Y./St. Joseph Regional), Tommy Morgan (Greenlawn, N.Y./Chaminade) and Kyle Ranck (Lewisburg, Pa./Lewisburg), and junior Ross Danzig (Clarks Green, Pa./Abington Heights/Blair Academy, N.J.).
Players named to the NABC Honors court must meet all four of the following criteria:
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. 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.
Barr, a finance major, started all 28 games this past season, averaging 8.6 points per game while shooting 42.7 percent from 3-point range. He finished his career 12th in Royals’ history with 121 made 3-pointers.
Marchman, an exercise science major, played a key role of the bench while playing all 28 games. He averaged 10.6 minutes per game after averaging two minutes per game in his first three seasons.
Ranck, a criminal justice major, played in seven games this past season and finished his career with 38 appearances while shooting 36.4 percent from 3-point range.
Morgan, a finance major, started all 28 games and was named Landmark Conference Defensive Player of the Year and second-team all-conference while averaging 12.6 points, 5.7 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game. He finished his career with 1,038 points, getting his milestone 1,000th point on a dunk in a victory over Merchant Marine Academy in the Landmark Conference semifinals on Feb. 26 in the Long Center.
Danzig, a management major, was named the Landmark Conference Player of the Year, first-team all-conference and first-team all-region by both the NABC and d3hoops.com. He averaged 20.6 points, 7.3 rebounds and 3.9 assists while surpassing the 1,000-point milestone during the season.
A record number 895 student-athletes from 335 colleges and universities earned NABC Honors Court distinction. To view the full list, visit http://www.nabc.com/NABC_Honors_Court/2013-14_NABC_Honors_Court_Release_-FINAL-_7-21-14.pdf.