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Four Spartans Earn NABC Honors Court Accolades

Head shots of Honors Court honorees Nolan Smith, Jared Wagner, Joey Polczynski, and Darin Gordon.
Photos courtesy of Scott Guise

YORK, PA – The York College men's basketball team placed four players on the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Honors Court as announced by the organization on Wednesday.  Recent graduate Nolan Smith was joined by rising juniors Jared Wagner, Joey Polczynski, and Darin Gordon as the Spartan Honors Court honorees.

This announcement comes on the heels of the entire team earning NABC Team Academic Excellence Award last week.

In order to be named to the Honors Court, a student-athlete must meet a high standard of academic criteria. The qualifications are as follows: academically a junior or senior and a varsity player; cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.2 or higher at the conclusion of the 2018-19 academic year; at least one year at their current institution; and member of NCAA Division I, II, III or NAIA Division I or II institution with NABC member coach.

Smith graduated in May with a 3.46 GPA as a business administration major while he also earned a minor in finance. Smith was a three-time member of the York College Dean's List during his time in the Green and White.

Smith played in 29 games off the bench for the Spartans during York's 22-win season. He totaled 28 points, 34 rebounds, 12 assists, and five steals in his 194 minutes of action on the floor.

Wagner continued his excellence in the classroom as the junior guard finished his third year at YCP with a cumulative GPA of 3.55. Wagner is a sport management major and is also pursing a minor in athletic coaching. He is a four-time member of the Dean's List.

Wagner was outstanding on the floor for the Capital Athletic Conference regular season champions as he earned All-CAC honors for the year. He averaged 14.9 points, 4.9 rebounds, 4.3 assists, and 2.3 steals per game in his 30 starts. Wagner shot 42.7% from the floor, 33.8% from three and 76.7% from the free throw line.

Polczynski is a biology major and boasts a GPA of 3.52. He is a four-time Dean's List member during his six collegiate semesters.

Polczynski had a big junior year as he averaged 11.3 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 1.3 assists per game as he played in and started all 30 games for the Green and White. He shot 44.7% from the floor, 33.8% from three and 80% from the free throw line. He converted a team-high 66 thre- point field goals for the year.

Gordon is a mechanical engineering major who has a 3.40 GPA. Gordon is a two-time Dean's List honoree during his time at York.

On the floor, Gordon had a breakout year for the Spartans. He played in 30 games with 20 starts as he averaged 10.3 points, 3.9 rebounds per game while he also had 24 blocked shots, 30 steals, and 42 assists. He shot 42.5% from the floor, 31.3% from three and 75.5% from the free throw line.

Wagner, Polczynski and Gordon highlight a strong group of returning Spartans as York looks to win another Capital Athletic Conference championship. The Spartans have gone 46-13 the last two years including a mark of 26-6 in CAC play.