UK's Polson, Beckham honored for academics

Herald-Leader Staff ReportJuly 17, 2013 

Kentucky guard Jarrod Polson put up a shot over Robert Morris guard Coron Williams. Photo by Mark Cornelison | Staff

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University of Kentucky men's basketball players Jarrod Polson and Twany Beckham have been honored by the National Association of Basketball Coaches for excellence in the classroom during the 2012-13 school year. The two were among 700 athletes from 285 schools named to the NABC’s Honors Court. Three players from the University of Louisville also were named to the Honors Court: Peyton Siva, Michael Marra and Stephan Van Treese.

In order to earn recognition on the Honors Court, a student-athlete must be academically a junior or senior, own a cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or higher at the conclusion of the 2012-13 academic year and must have matriculated at least one year at their current institution. Beckham earned a degree in communications in May while possessing a cumulative GPA of 3.391. He was a national finalist for the Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar award and was a member of the Southeastern Conference’s Academic Honor Roll twice at Kentucky. Beckham appeared in 21 games as a Wildcat after transferring from Mississippi State. Polson graduated in three years with a degree in Business-Finance and earned a 3.457 GPA. He has earned SEC Academic Honor Roll accolades three times. Polson will return to the court in 2013-14, after turning in a career-best season as a junior. He averaged 3.1 points and 1.7 rebounds per game while appearing in all 33 games.

Other players from Kentucky schools to make the Honors Court were:

Campbellsville: Jordan Myers, Filip Stanic

Lindsey Wilson: Darren Ballou, Simon Barres, Alex Giergen

Thomas More: Ryan Hamm

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