ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The success of a 27-win season for the University of New Mexico men’s basketball program on the court is being matched in the classroom as well. The team posted a 2.94 grade point average this semester, which marked the highest team gpa since the spring of 2006. The news comes on the heels of the program’s perfect score of 1,000 for the academic progress rate for 2012-13 released last month.
“Our success in the classroom last season is a testament to our players and their dedication to being student-athletes,” said head coach Craig Neal. “Academics are a crucial part of our program, which makes our team’s performance in the classroom an important highlight for the season. It is also the result of a lot of great work by our academic staff at the Lobo Center for Student-Athlete Success.”
With a 2.87 team gpa in the fall, the program has now recorded back-to-back semesters of a 2.80 gpa or higher for the first time since the 2005-06 academic year.
The four-year APR average of 990 for the program puts UNM in the top ten percent of the NCAA. Other academic highlights for the Lobos this season include junior Deshawn Delaney earning the 2013-14 PACKS Award for all UNM upperclassmen student-athletes in April. Delaney, Hugh Greenwood and Cullen Neal were all Lobo Scholar Athletes as Neal also earned the Academic Achievement Award at this year’s team banquet.
The academic honors will continue to come in for New Mexico when this year’s Academic All-Mountain West Team and Mountain West Scholar Athlete awards are released later this summer.