University Park, IL—(ENEWSPF)—February 6, 2015. Governors State University (GSU) Jaguar men’s and women’s basketball, playing as club teams in their first season, each posted winning records. The men’s team finished 23-1, and the women finished their season with a 13-7 record.
But in addition to their winning ways on the court, the student athletes on both teams came through in the classroom as well. Ten of the 27 student athletes will be on the Athletic Directors Honor Roll.
These 10 honorees all had GPA’s of 3.0 or higher this fall; one had a 3.5 (Amber Hunter) and one had a 4.0 (Ammanuel Melaku Ayalew). GSU Athletic Director and men’s head coach Tony Bates stresses academic achievement for students on all the teams. “There are a lot of places kids can go and just be basketball players, but not here. You have to be successful in the classroom as well. The wins will come, but the foundation of being students first is paramount to me,” he said.
Here are the student athletes on the GSU Athletic Directors Honor Roll:
Ammanuel Melaku Ayalew (Ethiopia)
Des’Nique Harris (Chicago)
Saieed Ivey (Chicago)
Pierre Jolly (Chicago)
Willie Lipsey (Homewood)
Haki McLaurin (Chicago)
Christopher Seaton (Chicago)
Ebone Green (Chicago)
Amber Hunter (Evergreen Park)
Raven Phillips (Chicago)
Governors State University is located at 1 University Parkway, University Park, IL.