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Knights Earn NABC Academic Excellence Award, Five Knights Named to Honors Court

July 19, 2017 at 8:01 pm
Five Knights were named to the NABC Honors Court following the 2016-17 season.
Five Knights were named to the NABC Honors Court following the 2016-17 season.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Carleton College men's basketball team earned the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Team Academic Excellence Award after posting a cumulative GPA of 3.48 for the 2016-17 academic year. In addition to the team accolade, five Knights were named to the NABC Honors Court, which recognizes men's collegiate basketball student-athletes who excelled in academics during the past season. Peter Bakker-Arkema ’17Mitch Biewen ’17, and Beau Smit ’17 were named to the Honors Court for the second consecutive year, while Kevin Grow and Malekai Mischke were named to the Honors Court for the first time following their junior years.

The NABC began distributing the team honor following the 2012-13 season, and Carleton has taken home the award all five years. A total of 218 men's basketball programs (across all three NCAA Divisions) received the NABC Team Academic Honor for 2016-17 after posting a cumulative team GPA of 3.0 or higher.

The Knights once again far exceeded the minimum requirement as the squad posted a cumulative team GPA of 3.48. Carleton was one of six MIAC men's basketball programs to earn the Team Academic Excellence Award, as the Knights were joined by Concordia College, Hamline University, Macalester College, Saint John's University and the University of St. Thomas in receiving the honor.

The NABC Honors Court recognizes men's collegiate basketball student-athletes who excelled in academics during the past season. Carleton was one of just 34 division three schools to have six or more student-athletes receive Honors Court distinction.

An Economics major with a 3.58 GPA, Bakker-Arkema appeared in all 27 games for the Knights during the 2016-17 season and ranked fourth among MIAC players with his 2.5 assist-to-turnover ratio.  A career 35-percent three-point shooter, Bakker-Arkema also earned MIAC Academic All-Conference honors for the second consecutive season, and was named to the MIAC Sportsmanship Team.  Following graduation this past spring, Bakker-Arkema accepted a position in San Francisco, Calif. with Acumen, a health care consulting and research company.

One of the top three-point shooting threats in the MIAC, Biewen finished the 2016-17 season ranked eighth in the MIAC in three point shooting (2.0 makes per-game), while averaging 9.6 points per contest. One of the most durable players in the conference over the last four years, Biewen started and played in 100 out of a possible 102 games during his four-year career. A mathematics and statistics double major, Biewen accepted a position with Branch Messenger, a Minneapolis based mobile communications network.

In his second season as a full-time starter, Smit averaged a career-best 10.5 points per game while shooting 47 percent from the field and 41 percent from behind the arc. During the Knights’ 84-58 win over Concordia on Feb. 13, Smit exploded for a 17 points on 7-of-10 shooting from the field and a 3-of-4 behind the three-point line. An Economics major with a 3.61 GPA, Smit earned MIAC Academic All-Conference honors for the second consecutive season.

A First-Team All-MIAC selection last season, Grow led the Knights offensive attack with 14.4 points and 9.8 rebounds per game en route to earning NABC All-District honors. A dominant interior player on both ends of the floor, Grow was one of only eight Division III players—and only one from the West Region—to average at least 14.0 points, 9.0 rebounds, 1.5 blocks, and 1.5 assists per game. Over his first three seasons with the Knights, he has totaled 973 points and 722 rebounds. An economics major with a 3.44 GPA, Grow is interning with the Prep Hoops Network, a twin cities based youth sports recruiting service.

Mischke is a three-time letter-winner with the Knights and appeared in nine games during the 2015-16 season while shooting 50 percent behind the three-point line. A Psychology and International Relations double major, Mischke carries a 3.5 GPA, and is spending the summer interning as an associate with Best Buy in Minneapolis.

Carleton is set to open the 2017-18 campaign on Nov. 22 at Colorado College. The Knights will play two games in Colorado Springs, Colo. before returning home to open MIAC play on Nov. 29 vs. Hamline University.