KANSAS CITY, MO – Three Peach Belt Conference men's basketball players have been recognized for their academic excellence as the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) released their Honors Court. Augusta's Aaron Byrd and Rafael Monteiro along with Georgia College's Isaac Thomas were honored, giving the PBC three members for the second straight year.
To qualify for the list, the student-athlete must have junior or senior academic standing, and a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher.
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.
Isaac Thomas (Trion, Ga.) finished his career at Georgia College as the PBC's all-time career leader in rebounds with 913 in his career. Named to the NABC Honors Court for the second time, he was named to the PBC Presidential Honor Roll and All-Academic Team. On the court, the 2016 co-Freshman of the Year was a second-team All-Conference selection in 2019.
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.