UConn men’s basketball earns perfect APR score for second straight year

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STORRS, Conn. (WTNH)–The UConn men’s basketball team has achieved a perfect APR score for the second straight year, the NCAA announced on Wednesday.

The Huskies were banned from the 2013 NCAA Tournament because of a low APR (Academic Progress Rate) score, which is determined by the NCAA based on graduation rate, continuing education, academic eligibility and GPA, among other things.

Schools are evaluated (and penalized) based on a four-year average. UConn’s four-year average score currently sits at 983, which is well above the 930 threshold for penalties. (For comparison, the mean four-year score among Division I schools is currently 961).

The Huskies could lose points next season with the transfers of Rakim Lubin and Terrence Samuel, but they can also gain points if any former players come back to complete their degrees.

Despite the possible lost points, it’s very likely that the Huskies will stay in the 970-980 range over the next few years, at least. Kevin Ollie has made staying above the APR minimum a major priority in his time as the Huskies’ head coach, and there’s reason to believe he won’t let their numbers slip.

UConn was penalized for having players leave early for the NBA in the years before they were banned from the NCAAs in 2013.

“All of our student-athletes in each of our 24 sports are committed to excellence in both academics and athletics,” UConn athletic director Warde Manuel said in a statement on Wednesday.

“I want to recognize all of them for the outstanding dedication that they show in the classroom each and every day at one of the most highly competitive universities in the country. I also want to acknowledge the outstanding faculty at the university and the dedication of our staff of the Counseling Program for Intercollegiate Athletes.”

 

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