HBU Tops Academically in Southland for Third-Straight Year

The News Magazine of HCU

HBU was recognized with the Southland Conference Academic Performance Achievement Award for the third-consecutive year at the league’s annual May meeting in Frisco, Texas.

HBU earned 78 of its possible 91 points, 85.7 percent, well ahead of Sam Houston State, which was second with 45-of-98 points for 45.9 percent.

The award is largely determined by Academic Progress Rate (APR), a measure adopted by the NCAA in 2004 which holds institutions accountable for academic progress or their student-athletes through a team-based metric that accounts for the eligibility and retention of each student-athlete for each academic term.

Several student-athletes earned academic honors this year, with men’s soccer’s Bryan Brody the highest among them with his third CoSIDA Academic All-American honor. Student-athletes making the Academic All-Southland Conference Teams were: Braxton Bonds (men’s basketball); Amanda Johnson (women’s basketball); Andre Walker and Mev Ajdin (football); Val Almendarez (men’s golf); Lexi Brooks, Kaity Cummings and Alisa Chong (women’s golf); Ellee Hall and Megan Rickert (women’s soccer); Jessica Wooten and Bailey Banks (volleyball). Baseball and softball had not been released at time of publication. Brody was joined on the Western Athletic Academic All-Conference Men’s Soccer Team by teammates Darrell Johnson, Brandon Smith, Tim Watson, Dominick Faletto, Josue Palomino, Khalil Thomas and Dequan Thomas.