Chippewas on the Rise On and Off the Court

May 31, 2016 | Written By: Keno Davis

May 25, 2016

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. - The Central Michigan men's basketball team has experienced its share of success the past two seasons. 

The Chippewas have captured two MAC West titles, put together the program's first back-to-back winning seasons since the late 1980s and made two postseason tournament appearances. 

Mirroring the program's recent rise on the court has been its progress in the classroom. 

In 2016, CMU led the conference with four Academic All-MAC selections, twice as many as any other team. It marked the third consecutive year that the Chippewas had more players honored than any other team in the league. Following the Spring semester, a total of 10 men's basketball student-athletes have compiled a 3.0 cumulative grade point average. 

This season, senior guard Chris Fowler became the first CMU player in program history named to the College Sports Information Directors Association Academic All-District 5 Division I team. Both Fowler and senior John Simons were three-time Academic All-MAC honorees. Blake Hibbitts, who will return after missing what was to be his senior season in 2015-16 due to a knee injury, is a two-time recipient. 

"I am very proud of our graduating group of seniors for their accomplishments on the court and in the classroom," said head coach Keno Davis. "They have set a high standard for our program for years to come." 
In 2015, CMU was one of 175 institutions and one of just 19 in Division I from across the nation to earn the Team Academic Excellence Award from the National Association of Basketball Coaches, which recognizes outstanding academic achievement by a team with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better for the 2014-15 season. 

It was the third season that the organization has handed out the award, and the second time the Chippewas have received it. CMU was the lone member of the Mid-American Conference to receive recognition.

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