Five North Dakota State men’s basketball players were named to the NABC Honors Court announced by the National Association of Basketball Coaches on Wednesday, July 15. Jared Samuelson, Chris Quayle, Rocky Kreuser, Tyree Eady and Jaxon Knotek earned the academic recognition for the Bison.
Student-athletes must have junior or senior academic standing and a cumulative grade point average of 3.20 or higher at the end of the academic year to qualify for the NABC Honors Court.
Samuelson averaged 6.3 points per game as a senior in the 2019-20 season, shooting 41 percent from three-point range. He scored a season-high 21 points in a win over Omaha on Senior Day, making 7-of-9 from beyond the arc. Samuelson earned a bachelor’s degree in finance with a 3.75 cumulative GPA.
Quayle played in 31 of 33 games for NDSU, averaging 1.7 points and 1.4 rebounds per contest. He also registered 17 assists on the season. Quayle is pursuing a master’s in business administration after earning a bachelor’s degree in finance.
Kreuser started 31 of 33 games for the Bison, ranking third on the team in scoring with 10.0 points per game. He added 6.0 rebounds per contest and shot 82 percent at the free throw line, earning Summit League Academic All-League honors. Kreuser owns a 3.61 GPA as a university studies major with minors in psychology and criminal justice.
Eady logged the fourth-most minutes for NDSU last season, averaging 6.7 points and 3.9 rebounds per game. He scored a season-high 18 points in a win over South Dakota on Jan. 15, and finished with 10 points and 9 rebounds in the road victory over the Coyotes on Feb. 19. Eady is an exercise science major with a 3.70 GPA.
Knotek played in 20 of 33 games, averaging 3.0 points and 1.4 rebounds in nine minutes per contest. He saw action in all three Summit League Tournament victories for the Bison, scoring two points vs. Denver in the quarterfinals and three vs. North Dakota in the championship. Knotek has a 3.55 GPA with a major in strategic communication.