Published in the August 13, 2015 edition

WORCESTER — North Reading’s Domenick Mastascusa was one of three WPI men’s basketball student-athletes to be named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Honors Court for their work inside the classroom.

As a team, the program earned the NABC Team Academic Excellence Award. The Engineers were one of two NEWMAC teams to take home the team award.

Individually, seniors Domenick Mastascusa (North Reading) and Wil Michalski (Shrewsbury) and junior Mark Overdevest (Morrinsville, New Zealand) were lauded for achieving at least a cumulative 3.2 GPA at the conclusion of the 2014-15 academic year. Springfield led the NEWMAC with four selections and Babson added two for a conference total of nine.

The NABC Team Academic Excellence Award, earned by more than 175 colleges and universities, recognize outstanding academic achievement by a team with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better for the 2014-15 season.

In order to be named to the Honors Court, a student-athlete must meet a high standard of academic criteria. In addition to the GPA requirement, honorees must be a junior or senior and a varsity player academically, must have been matriculated at least one year at their current institution and be an NCAA Division I, II, III or NAIA Division I or II student-athlete with an NABC member coach.

On the court, WPI (21-6) won 20-plus games for the 12th consecutive season and earned an NCAA Division III Men’s Basketball Championship tournament berth for the ninth time in 11 years under 14th-year head coach Chris Bartley.