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MBB's Lewis, Santiago Earn NABC Academic Honors

MBB's Lewis, Santiago Earn NABC Academic Honors

[NABC Honors Court Release]

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) announced the 2017-18 NABC Honors Court on Tuesday, recognizing those men's collegiate basketball student-athletes who excelled in academics during the past season.

Mitchell College's Domenico Santiago and Colizel Lewis were among those honored. To be eligible for the award a student-athlete must be either a junior or senior academically and have maintained a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher.

Santiago, a junior center, started 26 games in 2017-18 and averaged career highs of 19.3 points and 11.1 rebounds per game. He led the NECC in rebounding and double-doubles (15) and ranked fifth in scoring, and his .710 shooting percentage ranked third-highest in the country. After three seasons at Mitchell he ranks second in the school's Division III history in career rebounds (804) and fourth in career points (1,224).

Lewis joined the Mariners for his final collegiate season and played in 26 games while making five starts, averaging 3.8 points and 2.2 rebounds per game in a reserve role. The senior guard netted a season-high 23 points against Albertus Magnus College and handed out a season-high seven assists against Salve Regina University.

Mitchell finished the season with an overall record of 14-13 and went 9-5 in NECC play to finish tied for second in the regular season standings. The Mariners won a first-round game in the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) Championship before falling to Becker College in the semifinals.

About the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC)
Located in Kansas City, Missouri, 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 as Guardians of the Game. The NABC currently has nearly 5,000 members consisting primarily of university and college men's basketball coaches. All members of the NABC are expected to uphold the core values of being a Guardian of the Game by bringing attention to the positive aspects of the sport of basketball and the role coaches play in the academic and athletic lives of today's student-athletes. The four core values of being a Guardian of the Game are advocacy, leadership, service and education. For additional information about the NABC, its programs and membership, go to www.nabc.org.