Four Named to 2012-13 NABC Honors Court
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Four individuals from current Mountain West member institutions were recognized Wednesday when the National Association of Basketball Coaches announced its 2012-13 NABC Honors Court. Air Force's Todd Fletcher was named to the list for the second straight year and was joined by Colorado State's Dorian Green, and Utah State's Spencer Butterfield and Ben Clifford.
More than 700 student-athletes from nearly 300 institutions at every level of NCAA and NAIA competition were among those honored with the award, which recognizes the talents and gifts that the players possess on the court, and the hard work they exhibit in the classroom. In order to be named to the NABC Honors Court, an athlete must be a junior or senior academically, maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or higher and have attended his current institution for at least one year.
Hailing from Lee's Summit, Mo., Fletcher played in all 32 games for the Falcons last season, averaging 9.7 points per game while leading the team with 117 assists. A three-time Academic All-MW honoree, Fletcher graduated in May with a 3.3 grade point average and a bachelor's degree in management en route to receiving his commission as a second lieutenant in the United States Air Force.
Green, a native of Lawrence, Kan., earned second-team All-Mountain West honors as a senior in 2012-13, leading the team with 124 assists and ranking second in scoring (13.0 ppg) while helping the Rams to a program-best 26-9 record. A Capital One Academic All-District and Academic All-MW honoree his final year, Green earned a bachelor's degree in health and exercise science, graduating in May with a 3.43 GPA.
Butterfield earned second-team All-Conference honors and was a member of the WAC All-Newcomer squad in 2012-13 after averaging 12.2 points, 6.6 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game. The Loomis, Calif., product is majoring in business administration and will be a senior for the Aggies this season.
Clifford, a native of South Jordan, Utah, averaged 5.5 points and 3.9 rebounds per game a year ago while leading the squad with an 83.6 percent shooting clip at the free throw line. A finance major, Clifford redshirted his freshman season and will be a junior on the USU roster in 2013-14.