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Basketball players with Lexington ties named to NABC’s Honors Court

Vanderbilt forward Luke Kornet (3) blocks a shot by Florida’s DeVon Walker (1) in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016, in Nashville, Tenn. Also defending for Vanderbilt is Damian Jones (30). Vanderbilt won 60-59.
Vanderbilt forward Luke Kornet (3) blocks a shot by Florida’s DeVon Walker (1) in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016, in Nashville, Tenn. Also defending for Vanderbilt is Damian Jones (30). Vanderbilt won 60-59. AP

Vanderbilt forward Luke Kornet, whose Lexington ties span three generations, was among the players recognized for academic achievement by the National Association of Basketball Coaches on Tuesday.

Kornet, who majors in engineering, computer science and math, made the NABC's 2015-16 Honors Court. To make the team, a player must be a junior or senior and have a cumulative grade-point average of 3.2 or better.

Kornet, who was born in Lexington, is the son of former Lexington Catholic (and Vandy) standout Frank Kornet, and the grandson of Milton Kornet, an associate professor of pharmaceutical sciences at UK from 1963 until retiring in 1999.

Three players from Louisville also made the NABC Honors Court team. The three are Dillon Avare, Mangok Mathiang and David Levitch. Avare, who attended Lexington Catholic High School, recently transferred to Eastern Kentucky.

Besides Kornet, the only other Southeastern Conference players to make the Honors Court were Mindaugas Kacinas and Brian Steele of South Carolina and Brandon Young of Georgia.

Jerry Tipton: 859-231-3227, @JerryTipton

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