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M-Basketball: NABC Recognizes Two

Kohn and Ives represent Little East on academic Honors Court

kohn 72dpi__6606.jpgives 72_4865.jpgWILLIMANTIC, Conn. - Eastern Connecticut State University senior forward Jamie Kohn (Columbia) and junior point guard Joe Ives (Avon) represent Eastern Connecticut State University on the 2011/12 National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Honors Court.

Above: Kohn (32), Ives (14)

A total of 469 men's basketball players representing 203 Division I, II, III and NAIA institutions were recognized on the Honors Court for excellence in the classroom. Candidates must have reached junior status and have compiled a 3.20 cumulative grade-point average through the spring semester.

Kohn graduated with an overall 3.95 grade-point average as a Health and Physical Education major while Ives has compiled a 3.46 GPA as a Sociology major. Kohn and Ives were the only players to qualify from the Little East Conference. Twenty-one institutions from New England were represented with at least one player on the team, ten from the Division III level.

In his career, Kohn was a two-time first-team selection to the College Sports Information Directors Association of America (CoSIDA)/Capital One All-District Team, earned an Eastern/E-Club Outstanding Scholar-Athlete Award in both years of eligibility and earned a spot on the Little East Conference winter All-Academic Team in all three years of eligibility. Ives has reached LEC All-Academic status in both years of eligibility and received an Eastern/E-Club Scholar-Athlete Award in his first year of eligibility this year.

This past year, Kohn and Ives sparked the Warriors to the most successful season in the program's 71-year history. Eastern won a record 24 games against six losses, claimed its first Little East regular-season title in 26 years of competition, its first LEC tournament championship in 12 years and qualified for its first NCAA tournament in 12 seasons. The Warriors won the SUNY Oswego regional tournament, downing host Oswego in double overtime in the final and advanced to the NCAA Division III Sweet 16.

Kohn started every game for the third straight year, topping the club in rebounding (7.4) for the fourth straight year and in average minutes (30.3) and averaging 9.7 points and 2.5 assists. He averaged 18.5 points and 12.0 rebounds with a 60.9 shooting percentage en route to LEC tournament MVP honors and was named to the LEC Defensive Team for the second straight year.

Ives appeared in all of the team's games, starting 29 and averaging 4.2 points with a .479 shooting percentage. He led the club with an .825 shooting percentage.

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