KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) announced the 2018-19 NABC Honors Court and Augusta University senior Aaron Byrd and junior Rafael Monteiro made the list. The team recognizes men's collegiate basketball student-athletes who excelled in academics during the past season.
Byrd (Washington, D.C.) played in all 34 games this season and made six starts for Augusta. He was also named Peach Belt Conference All-Academic and received the Mike & Amy Wood Foundation Graduate Scholarship. Byrd averaged 5.6 ppg, 2.0 rpg, and 0.9 apg, while scoring in double-figure points seven times.
Monteiro (São Paulo, Brazil) was named second team All-Conference and was selected to the conference and regional All-Tournament teams. Starting in 29 games and playing in all 34, Monteiro ranked second on the team with 15.0 ppg and 5.9 rpg. He had 31 games with double-digit points and led the team with a 59.1 field-goal percentage, while ranking fifth in the conference.
Both Byrd and Monteiro helped the Jaguars earn a No. 16 national ranking, win the regular-season championship, win the conference tournament championship, and reach NCAA Tournament Sweet 16.
Located in Kansas City, Missouri, the NABC was founded in 1927 by Phog Allen, the legendary basketball coach at the University of Kansas. Allen, a student of James Naismith, the inventor of basketball, organized coaches into this collective group to serve as Guardians of the Game. The NABC currently has nearly 5,000 members consisting primarily of university and college men's basketball coaches.
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