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Hanson, Webb named to NABC Honors Court, Knights Earn Academic Excellence Award

July 22, 2014 at 1:11 pm
Taylor Hanson (left) and Cameron Webb
Taylor Hanson (left) and Cameron Webb

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Carleton College senior forwards Taylor Hanson (St. Paul, Minn./Minnehaha Academy) and Cameron Webb (Portland, Ore./Lincoln High School) were recently named to the Honors Court as selected by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC). The award recognizes those men’s collegiate basketball student-athletes who excelled in academics during the past season. The award is the second academic achievement earned by Hanson this season, as he was previously named to the Capital One Academic All-District team.

In addition to the individual accolades garnered by Hanson and Webb, the Knights earned a NABC Team Academic Excellence Award, which recognizes outstanding academic achievement by a team with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better for the 2013-14 season. As a team, the Knights posted a 3.455 cumulative GPA during the 2013-14 academic year.

An economics major with a 3.78 GPA, Hanson’s name could be found all over the MIAC statistical leaderboard for the 2013-14 season. He paced the conference with 9.2 rebounds per game, finished fourth by averaging 15.5 points, and ranked fifth with 3.9 assists per contest, easily tops among conference post players. His .516 field-goal percentage ranked third among conference players with more than 250 attempts. In fact, Hanson is one of only two NCAA Division III players to average more than 15.0 points, 9.0 rebounds, and 3.5 assists while shooting better than .500 from the field this season. He is also the first MIAC men’s player to accomplish the feat in at least 12 years.

A geology major with a 3.62 GPA, Webb was a two-time letter-winner with the Knights and was named to the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) All-Sportsmanship team at the conclusion of the 2013-14 season. In addition to his participation with the Knight basketball program, Webb earned four varsity letters as a member of the Carleton baseball team.

Hanson and Webb were two of 13 MIAC representatives named to the NABC Honors Court, as student-athletes from Concordia-Moorhead, Macalester, Saint John's and St. Thomas also received this recognition. Concordia-Moorhead and Macalester also received Team Academic Excellence Awards.

The Knights continue a strong program tradition of combining academic and athletic success. Most recently, Tommy Drake ’08 and Scott Theisen ’13 earned a spot on the academic distinction during their senior seasons.