Three Mids Named to PL Men's Basketball Academic Honor Roll
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Recent Naval Academy graduate Grant Vermeer, rising junior Hasan Abdullah and rising sophomore Connor Mannion were named to the 2016-17 Patriot League Men’s Basketball Academic Honor Roll, the conference office announced Tuesday.
The Navy men’s basketball team was 16-16 overall in 2016-17 and finished in fourth place in the Patriot League at 10-8. Navy advanced to the Patriot League Semifinals for the first time since 2001.
Vermeer was named to the Patriot League Men’s Basketball Academic Honor Roll for the third time in his career. Vermeer had a team-high 3.60 grade-point average during the spring semester and graduated with a cumulative grade-point average of 3.49 as a cyber operations major.
Vermeer played in eight games during the 2016-17 season and played in 47 games in his four-year career at Navy with 11 starts. He scored 95 career points.
Vermeer was named a CNO Distinguished Midshipman Graduate in 2017. His service assignment in the U.S. Navy is Cryptologic Warfare Officer.
Mannion earned a 3.35 grade-point average during the spring semester as a quantitative economics major. Mannion did not see any action on Navy’s varsity team this season, but did compete on the Navy Basketball Development Team.
Abdullah, Navy’s starting point guard, had a 3.21 grade-point average as a chemistry major during the spring semester. He was named to the Patriot League Men’s Basketball Academic Honor Roll for the second straight season.
Abdullah started 31 games during the 2016-17 season and ranked third on the team with 8.8 points per game. Abdullah led Navy in assists (3.3), steals (1.9), 3-pointers made (48) and minutes played per game (28.4). He ranked 44th in the NCAA in steals per game (1.9).
To be eligible for the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll, a student-athlete must earn at least a 3.20 grade-point average in the spring semester. The 10 Patriot League schools combined for 50 student-athletes on the academic honor roll in 2016-17.