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SACRAMENTO STATE THE ONLY PUBLIC SCHOOL IN CALIFORNIA TO EVER RECEIVE NCAA’S APR PUBLIC RECOGNITION IN MEN’S HOOPS

SACRAMENTO STATE THE ONLY PUBLIC SCHOOL IN CALIFORNIA TO EVER RECEIVE NCAA’S APR PUBLIC RECOGNITION IN MEN’S HOOPS

SACRAMENTO -- With the recent announcement of the NCAA's Public Recognition Awards, Sacramento State remains the only public university in the state of California to ever receive the award in the sport of men's basketball. The award is given annually to institutions for having Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores that rank among the top 10 percent nationally.

Making the achievement even more impressive is the Hornets have now received the recognition three years in a row.

Since the start of the APR in 2004-05, only five schools in the state of California have received APR Public Recognition honors in men's basketball, and four of those are private institutions. Stanford, Loyola Marymount, San Diego and Pacific are the others.

In fact, of the five California schools to receive the award, only Stanford (six times) has more public recognitions than Sacramento State (three times).

Nationally, Sacramento State is one of just 18 of the 351 Div. I men's basketball programs to earn the award each of the last three years, and one of just two teams in the Big Sky Conference to ever receive the honor in men's basketball.

The NCAA tracks the classroom performance of student-athletes on every Division I sports team through its APR, which provides an annual scorecard of academic achievement. The APR provides a real-time look at a team's academic success by tracking the academic progress of each student-athlete on scholarship. The APR accounts for eligibility, retention and graduation in the calculation and provides a measure of each team's academic performance.

The Hornets will see three more players - Marcus Graves, Jordan Tolbert, Kevin Hicks - graduate later this week, increasing the number of men's basketball student-athletes to receive their degrees during head coach Brian Katz's tenure (2008-pres.). Once those three walk across the stage, of the 38 Hornets that have expired their eligibility during the Katz era, 37 will have graduated.

Sacramento State currently has a team grade point average of 3.045, and has posted term grade point averages of 3.0 or better six times in the last 10 semesters.