July 17, 2013
KANSAS CITY – The academic accolades continue to roll in for Rice University men’s basketball, as Bahrom Firozgary and Austin Ramljak earned National Association of Basketball Coaches Honors Court award for their excellence in the classroom, the NABC announced Wednesday from its headquarters in Kansas City, Mo.
In order to be named to the NABC Honors Court, student-athletes had to meet a set of standards that includes being either a junior or senior, a cumulative 3.20 or higher grade point average at the conclusion of the 2012-13 academic year, and have matriculated at least one year at their current institution (which must be a Division I, II, III or NAIA member).
Firozgary joined the team last fall and worked his way into a two-game stint as a starter for the Owls. He played in all 31 games on the season and scored 45 points on 52.2 percent shooting. The 6-8 forward was Rice’s first sub off the bench in 11 games and he ranked fourth on the team in blocked shots.
In the classroom, Firozgary is majoring in biochemistry and cell biology (pre-medicine) and was a member of the 2013 Commissioner’s Honor Roll.
Ramljak was also a newcomer for the Owls as a junior last season. The guard started 17 games and averaged 9.0 points per game. His 72 three-pointers ranked seventh on the program’s single-season list, while his 37.3 percent accuracy from long range led the team as well.
Academically, Ramljak was recently honored as the league’s Scholar-Athlete of the Year for men’s basketball and was one of two Owls named to the 2013 Conference USA All-Academic Team. He also earned a place on the Commissioner’s Honor Roll and is majoring in psychology.
Only two other 2012-13 Conference USA men’s basketball players earned the honor: UAB’s Karl Moton and East Carolina’s Peter Torlak.
Located in Kansas City, the NABC was founded in 1927 by Phog Allen, the legendary basketball coach at the University of Kansas. Allen, a student of James Naismith, the inventor of basketball, organized coaches into this collective group to serve and enhance the sport. The NABC currently has nearly 5,000 members consisting primarily of university and college men's basketball coaches. A full listing of the NABC's 2013 Honors Court is available on-line at the above link.