Thursday, February 6, 2014

UConn Getting it Done in the Classroom, Too

UConn's past academic foibles have been well-chronicled, most notably when the team's low APR scores kept it out of the 2013 postseason.

But the Huskies have rebounded academically in a big way over the past couple of years. Not only has their APR score improved dramatically, but on Tuesday at the UConn women's game against SMU, four UConn scholarship players were among the school's many student-athletes honored for achieving at least a 3.0 GPA for the spring of fall semester. Those players were: Shabazz Napier, Niels Giffey, Lasan Kromah and Leon Tolksdorf.

The Huskies also had some walk-ons who made the cut, including Cheshire's Pat Lenehan, who was one of 17 honored for a 4.0 GPA. Lenehan didn't attend Tuesday's ceremony because, naturally, he had a lab he had to be at.

I wasn't there, either, but Jim Fuller, the Register's UConn women's hoops and football beat writer was there, and he talked to Ellen Tripp, head of the school's academic counseling department.

"The men's basketball team, it was great to see them coming out," Tripp said. "We have had such great academic success with them in the last year and the last semester, which is really wonderful."

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