July 13, 2010

Whaley and Keefer Honored by the NABC

YORK, PA – The York College men’s basketball team had two players honored by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) as rising senior Kevin Whaley (Dover, Pa./Dover) and graduated senior Jeremy Keefer (Palmyra, Pa./Palmyra) each earned 2009-10 National Honors Courts accolades as announced by the organization on Tuesday. 

The Honors Court recognizes the talents and gifts that these student-athletes possess off the court, and the hard work they exhibit in the classroom. The student-athlete must meet four criteria including a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or above for the 2009-10 academic year.

Whaley had an outstanding junior year as he earned second-team All-Capital Athletic Conference honors. The guard averaged 16.0 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 2.8 assists per game. He shot 48.2% from the floor, 43% from beyond the arc and 81.3% from the charity stripe. Whaley was very consistent as he reached double figures in all but two games and had six 20-plus point performances including a career-high 27 points in the February 13 game against Mary Washington. He finished the season ranked in a number of conference categories as he was second in three point field goal percentage, third in three point field goals made, fifth in free throw percentage, fifth in steals, sixth in scoring, seventh in assists, and 11th in field goal percentage.

Whaley is a business administration major and sports a 3.60 GPA. It is his first appearance on the Honors Court list.

Keefer, a two-year Spartan captain, finished his senior year averaging 8.6 points and 4.8 rebounds per game. He shot 46% from the floor and 61.2% from the free throw line. He saw action in all 26 games as he averaged 28.7 minutes per game. He handed out a team-high 89 assists while he also had 33 steals and 14 blocked shots.

The appearance on the Honors Court list is the second time he has been recognized for his efforts in the classroom. Keefer is a secondary education-social studies major and finished his college career with a 3.37 GPA.

Spartan head coach Jeff Gamber appreciates the efforts of Whaley and Keefer.

“Both Kevin and Jeremy did a good job on the court this year but they also did a good job in the classroom,” states Gamber. “They are true student-athletes.”

Whaley and Keefer were the only two members of the Capital Athletic Conference to earn a spot on the Honors Court.

Located in Kansas City, Missouri, the NABC was founded in 1927 by Phog Allen, the legendary basketball coach at the University of Kansas. Allen, a student of James Naismith, the inventor of basketball, organized coaches into this collective group to serve as Guardians of the Game. The NABC currently claims nearly 5,000 members consisting primarily of university and college men’s basketball coaches. All members of the NABC are expected to uphold the core values of being a Guardian of the Game by bringing attention to the positive aspects of the sport of basketball and the role coaches play in the academic and athletic lives of today’s student-athletes. The four core values of being a Guardian of the Game are advocacy, leadership, service and education.