Columbia College men's basketball players garner academic honors

Monday, August 11, 2014 | 7:57 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Columbia College men's basketball players Gerardo Isla, Zach Rockers, and Tanner Sutton have been named to the 2013-14 Honors Court by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC).

This is the second year in a row that Rockers and Sutton have received this honor.

The NABC announced a record number 895 student-athletes from more than 335 colleges and universities to be named to the 2014 NABC Honors Court.

To be named to the Honors Court, an athlete must be a junior or senior, hold a GPA of 3.2 or higher at the conclusion of the 2013-14 academic year and have matriculated at least one year at their current school.

Isla, a 6-foot-7 forward from Valdivia, Chile, majored in International Business during his final season. He played in 31 games in his lone season for the Cougars, averaging 6.0 points and 3.6 rebounds per game. Isla was also named to the AMC Academic All-Conference Team.

Rockers, a 6-foot-4 guard from Centertown, is majoring in Business Management and will return for his senior season with the Cougars this fall. His season was cut short this year because of injury, but he averaged 11 points and 5.5 rebounds per game in Columbia’s first two games. Rockers was named to the Daktronics-NAIA Division I Men’s Basketball Scholar-Athlete Team for the second straight year and collected AMC Academic All-Conference accolades for the third straight season.

Sutton, a 6-foot-2 guard from Harrisonville, is currently majoring in Accounting and will join the Cougars for his senior season this fall. He started all 35 games for the Cougars during his junior season and averaged 7.3 points and 2.0 assists per game. Sutton was also named to the Daktronics-NAIA Division I Men’s Basketball Scholar-Athlete Team, received AMC Academic All-Conference honors and was named to the 2014 Allstate NABC Good Works Team.

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