HOUSTON--For the second time this week, Rice men's basketball has been honored by the National Association of Basketball Coaches. Seth Gearhart, Dan Peera and Max Guercy were named to the NABC Honors Court, the organization announced.
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 2014-15 academic year, and have matriculated at least one year at their current institution (which must be a Division I, II, III or NAIA member).
Gearhart is a two-time member of the NABC Honors Court. He was named to the Conference USA Commissioner's Honor Roll in all four seasons with the Owls and was a two-time member of the C-USA All-Academic Team. This past season, he was named Second Team All-C-USA. Last year, he led the team with 15.3 points and was second on the squad with 5.3 rebounds and 31 steals. He graduated in May with a degree in Economics.
Peera also is a two-time member of the NABC Honors Court. Peera was also a four-time C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll member. The San Ramon, Calif., native saw action in 94 games at Rice, including all 32 last year. The guard owns a career 1.5 assist-to-turnover ratio and has scored 123 points with 76 rebounds for the Owls. He graduated in May with a degree in Mechanical Engineering.
Guercy is the lone member of the Honors Court returning for the 2015-16 season. The senior has started all 93 games over the past three years, while averaging 9.5 points and 3.5 assists. He is a three-time member of the C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll, and he enters the 2015-16 campaign tied for fourth in career free throw percentage (.824). He is majoring in Kinesiology.
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.