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BOONE, N.C. – App State student-athletes posted one of the most impressive academic semesters in program history during the 2020 spring semester.
 
The Mountaineers ended the semester with a school-record 3.59 grade point average for all student-athletes. The cumulative GPA for all student-athletes currently sits at 3.25, setting another school record.
 
This spring was the 16th consecutive semester that App State student-athletes have achieved a cumulative GPA above 3.0.
 
Out of 18 varsity programs, 17 of them set semester GPA records, marking the highest semester GPAs since at least 2010. All 18 programs ended the semester with over a 3.3 GPA, including 12 teams with over a 3.5 GPA. Women's golf led the women's sports with a 3.85 semester GPA. Men's soccer topped the men's sports with a 3.73.
 
All of App State's 18 teams maintain a cumulative GPA over a 3.0, with women's golf leading the way at 3.62. Women's tennis and field hockey aren't far behind, with a 3.61 and 3.59, respectively. On the men's side, men's golf holds the highest cumulative GPA with a 3.35.
 
App State tied for first in the Sun Belt Conference this year with 10 teams that achieved a perfect 1,000 single-year APR score, while leading the league and setting a school record with five teams receiving Public Recognition Awards from the NCAA.
 
 
TEAM SPRING 2020 GPA CUMULATIVE GPA
Women's Golf 3.85 3.62
Women's Tennis 3.82 3.61
Field Hockey 3.81 3.59
Women's Cross Country 3.78 3.58
Men's Soccer 3.73 3.29
Women's Soccer 3.71 3.50
Men's Tennis 3.70 3.22
Women's Track & Field 3.69 3.42
Softball 3.64 3.23
Men's Golf 3.64 3.35
Volleyball 3.61 3.47
Women's Basketball 3.55 3.14
Baseball 3.48 3.07
Men's Basketball 3.45 3.09
Wrestling 3.45 3.11
Football 3.43 3.03
Men's Cross Country 3.39 3.22
Men's Track & Field 3.35 3.11


 
 
 
 
 


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BOONE, N.C. – Ten of App State Athletics' varsity teams with Academic Progress Rate (APR) data recorded perfect single-year scores of 1,000 for the 2018-19 cycle, according to information released Tuesday by the NCAA.
 
In alphabetical order by sport, the programs with a perfect single-year score after the completion of the 2018-19 academic year were men's basketball, men's cross country, men's golf, men's soccer, volleyball, women's cross country, women's golf, women's soccer, women's tennis and women's track and field.
 
App State's 10 perfect single-year scores tied ULM for first place in the Sun Belt Conference.
 
All of App State's varsity teams possess multiyear (four-year) APR scores above 950. Teams must have a multiyear average of at least 930 to be eligible to compete in championships, and the multiyear APRs are based on scores from the 2015-16, 2016-17, 2017-18 and 2018-19 academic years.
 
Last week, based on multiyear performance, App State led the Sun Belt and set a school record with five teams receiving Public Recognition Awards.
 
The men's basketball, men's cross country, women's golf, women's soccer and women's tennis programs at App State each received a Public Recognition Award for posting multiyear scores in the top 10 percent of their respective sports. Men's cross country, women's golf, women's soccer and women's tennis all had perfect multiyear scores of 1,000, while the multiyear average of 990 for men's basketball tied for 35th place in a sport with 350 programs.
 
In the 15 years of the Public Recognition Awards program, App State's previous high was four recipients, most recently in 2019. Women's golf earned a Public Recognition Award for the seventh straight year, while it was the fourth straight year with a Public Recognition Award for women's tennis and women's soccer. Men's cross country was a repeat selection, and men's basketball last received a Public Recognition Award in 2007.
 
The APR measures eligibility, graduation and retention each semester or academic term. The most recent multiyear APRs are based on scores from the 2014-15, 2015-16, 2016-17 and 2017-18 academic years.
 
TEAM 2018-19 APR MULTIYEAR APR
Men's Cross Country 1,000 1,000
Women's Golf 1,000 1,000
Women's Soccer 1,000 1,000
Women's Tennis 1,000 1,000
Men's Basketball 1,000 990
Men's Golf 1,000 969
Men's Soccer 1,000 991
Women's Cross Country 1,000 996
Women's Track and Field 1,000 996
Volleyball 1,000 972
Women's Basketball 983 992
Wrestling 976 968
Field Hockey 972 992
Baseball 971 971
Men's Track and Field 971 970
Football 970 955
Softball 970 973
Men's Tennis 947 978
 
 
 
 
 
 


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BOONE, N.C. — App State led the Sun Belt Conference and set a school record with five teams receiving Public Recognition Awards from the NCAA on Tuesday.
 
The men's basketball, men's cross country, women's golf, women's soccer and women's tennis programs at App State each received a Public Recognition Award for posting multiyear Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores in the top 10 percent of their respective sports. The multiyear APRs are based on scores from the 2015-16, 2016-17, 2017-18 and 2018-19 academic years.
 
In the 15 years of the Public Recognition Awards program, App State's previous high was four recipients, most recently in 2019. Women's golf has earned a Public Recognition Award for the seventh straight year, while it's the fourth straight year with a Public Recognition Award for women's tennis and women's soccer. Men's cross country is a repeat selection, and men's basketball last received a Public Recognition Award in 2007 (for a multiyear cycle that ended in 2005-06).

"The number of teams earning Public Recognition Awards — including those earning perfect scores — has increased again, demonstrating the commitment member schools and college athletes have made to high academic achievement," NCAA President Mark Emmert said. "Congratulations to these teams for their continued academic success.

"I am especially proud of the success in women's sports. The achievement in women's athletics is so high that scoring in the top 10% of your sport now requires a perfect score."
 
The APR provides a real-time look at a team's academic success each semester by tracking the academic progress of each student-athlete on scholarship. In providing a measure of each team's academic performance, the APR accounts for eligibility, retention and graduation.

APR scores for all Division I teams will be released May 19.


Almonacy

BOONE, N.C. -- App State men's basketball head coach Dustin Kerns has announced the addition as Michael Almonacy to the program as a graduate transfer.

Michael Almonacy | Guard | 6-0 | 180 | Brentwood, N.Y./Brentwood High School/Southern New Hampshire
Almonacy appeared in 28 games (27 starts) during the 2019-20 season at Southern New Hampshire. He averaged 15.6 points (second on the team) on 44.6 percent shooting and a team-high 3.2 assists. He reached double figures in scoring 24 times, including 13 consecutive games to close out the season. Almonacy scored 20 or more points six times during the season, including a 27-point, seven-rebound, five-assist and four-steal effort on Jan. 5 against Roberts Wesleyan. Prior to Southern New Hampshire, Almonacy appeared in 51 games over two seasons at Stony Brook.
 
Kerns on Almonacy
"We are delighted about Michael Almonacy becoming a part of the Mountaineer family. Michael fits who we are in every regard both on and off the floor. Originally from New York, he is a ball handling guard who provides experience in the back court and has the ability to shoot  at a very high level. He has a desire to maximize his time at App State and we are thrilled to have him. Please join us in welcoming Michael and family to the App State Family."
 
Almonacy joins Xavion Brown, RJ Duhart, Michael Eads, CJ Huntley and Deshon Parker as the newest additions to the Mountaineers.


Strength

BOONE, N.C. -- The App State strength and conditioning department has announced its Olympic Sports Power Club winners and four National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) All-American Athlete Award winners.

Athletes from each Olympic sport team were chosen as Power Club Award winners by the strength and conditioning department at App State. The receipients exemplified certain qualities in the weight room such as leadership ability, work ethic, winning attitude, attendance, above average ability to follow instructions and the Olympic sports performance standards. Each winner will be nominated for the NSCA All-American Award next year. The winners for each Olympic sport are:
  • Baseball - Cam Roberts, Robbie Young
  • Men's Basketball - Justin Forrest
  • Women's Basketball - Lainey Gosnell
  • Cheerleading - Austin Cotton (M), Ashley Giordano (W)
  • Field Hockey - Meghan Smart
  • Men's Golf - Jake Lane
  • Women's Golf - Melany Chong
  • Men's Soccer -Parker Cross
  • Women's Soccer - Tess Cairney
  • Softball - Gabby Buruato
  • Men's Tennis - Alex Pavkovich
  • Women's Tennis - Teodora Sevo
  • Track & Field/XC - Sean Doyle (M), Jessica Dixon (F)
  • Volleyball - Emma Reilly
  • Wrestling - Cary Miller
In addition to the Power Club Award winners, four Mountaineers have been named recipients of the NSCA All-American Athlete Award. Jessica Easley (women's soccer), Rachel Gaines (field hockey), Emma Longley (volleyball) and Alex McGrath (men's soccer) all earned the award. The honor recognizes athletic accomplishments and their dedication to strength and conditioning. 

The National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) is an international nonprofit professional association founded in 1978 and is dedicated to advancing the strength and conditioning profession around the world. The NSCA advances the profession by supporting strength and conditioning professionals devoted to helping others discover and maximize their strengths. The organization disseminates research-based knowledge and its practical application by offering industry-leading certifications, research journals, career development services, and continuing education opportunities. The NSCA community is composed of more than 45,000 members and certified professionals who further industry standards as researchers, educators, strength coaches, personal trainers, and other roles in related fields.


Parker

BOONE, N.C. – App State men's basketball head coach Dustin Kerns has announced the signing of transfer Deshon Parker (Huber Heights, Ohio/Wayne/James Madison) to the program.
 
Deshon Parker | Guard | 6-4 | 195 | Huber Heights, Ohio/Wayne High School/James Madison
Parker joins the Mountaineers after spending the last two seasons at James Madison. Over those two seasons, he appeared in 63 games (48 starts), averaging 7.8 points, 2.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.2 steals. In 2019-20, he played and started in 30 games, averaging 10.1 points on 43.7 percent shooting and led the Dukes with 120 assists. He reached double figures in scoring 14 times, including 23-point performances in back-to-back games against Drexel on Feb. 6 and Delaware on Feb. 8. As a freshman, Parker was named to the Colonial Athletic Association All-Rookie Team after averaging 5.7 points. He also became the third James Madison freshman in program history to dish out 100 assists in a season, recording 100.
 
Kerns on Parker
"We are so excited about the addition of Deshon Parker to the Mountaineer family. Deshon is a great kid and has a great presence about him. He is a true floor general and provides leadership and play making ability to our program that we have always been impressed with. He provides valuable experience with him already playing and contributing at the Division I level. His work ethic and dedication will allow him to make a huge improvement in his overall game during his sit out year. We are excited about Deshon and his future at App State as he will become an instant fan favorite. Please join us in welcoming Deshon, his parents Toni and Yelvis and his brother Demond to the App State family."
 
Per NCAA transfer rules, Parker will sit out the 2020-21 season. He joins Xavion Brown, RJ Duhart, Michael Eads and CJ Huntley as the newest additions to the Mountaineers.


Brown_Duhart

BOONE, N.C. – App State men's basketball head coach Dustin Kerns has announced the signing of Xavion Brown (Sacramento, Calif./Sheldon) and RJ Duhart (Boynton Beach, Fla./Boyd Anderson/Northwest Mississippi CC).
 
Xavion Brown | Guard | 6-3 | 180 | Sacramento, Calif./Sheldon High School
Brown averaged 9.1 points on 53.4 percent shooting, 4.9 rebounds, 5.1 assists and 1.8 steals at Sheldon High School in Sacramento, Calif. He posted double figures in scoring 15 times and was named Co-Delta League Player of the Year during the 2019-20 season. Brown helped Sheldon win the Delta League title and finish the season ranked No. 5 in the nation by MaxPreps. Sheldon was set to play in the CIF State Semifinals, before COVID-19 canceled the remainder of the tournament.
 
Kerns on Brown
"We are thrilled about Xavion Brown joining the Mountaineer family. Xavion is a wonderful person and has a great way about him. He comes from one of the best high school programs in the country, Sheldon High School, who was nationally ranked last year and have won a lot. He is an exceptional athlete and provides incredible length on both ends of the floor. His perimeter skill set combined with his playmaking ability for others make his ceiling very high. Above all, Xavion is a great young man who the App State community will love the moment he steps on campus. We are excited about Xavion and his future at App State. Please join us in welcoming Xavion and his mother Kim to the App State family."
 

We welcome Xavion Brown from Sheldon High School in Sacramento, Calif. to the App State men's basketball family! #TaketheStairs

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— App State Basketball (@AppStateMBB) April 16, 2020

RJ Duhart | Forward | 6-9 | 205 | Boynton Beach, Fla./Boyd Anderson High School/Northwest Mississippi Community College
Duhart comes to the High Country as a transfer from Northwest Mississippi Community College. In 2019-20, he played and started in 23 games averaging 11.9 points on 54.5 percent shooting and a team-high 7.8 rebounds. He also led the Rangers with 47 blocks. He finished the season with four double doubles, including a season-best effort of 24 points and 14 rebounds on Dec. 4. The Rangers posted a 16-10 overall record in 2019-20 and advanced to the semifinals of the NJCAA Region 23 Tournament.
 
Kerns on Duhart
"We are extremely excited about the addition of RJ Duhart to the Mountaineer family. He is an incredible person and student and is a great fit for our program. RJ is a versatile player who has been well coached by Shane Oakley at Northwest Mississippi Community College. With three years left to play, RJ has a very high ceiling. His skill set is unique for someone with his size and athleticism. He has the ability to score on the perimeter and on the block. This versatility and ability to play anywhere on the floor will make him a great fit with our style of play. There was an instant connection with our staff and RJ, and we are thrilled about RJ becoming a Mountaineer. Please join us in welcoming RJ and his family to the App State family."
 

We welcome RJ Duhart from Northwest Mississippi Community College and Boynton Beach, Fla. to the App State men's basketball family! #TaketheStairs

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— App State Basketball (@AppStateMBB) April 16, 2020

Brown and Duhart join Michael Eads and CJ Huntley as the newest members of the Mountaineers for the 2020-21 season.


MBB_Community

BOONE, N.C. -- App State men's basketball finished second in the nation amongst Division I men's basketball programs in the 2020 NCAA Team Works Helper Helper Community Service Competition that ran through the spring semester.

The Mountaineers saw a 100 percent participation on the team and totaled over 1,000 hours of community service. App State posted more hours than the likes of Texas A&M, Miami and Michigan.

Head coach Dustin Kerns and the Mountaineers have emphasized giving back to the community. The program partnered with Blowing Rock Elementary school to create pen pals and visited the school in February. In addition, App State partnered with Toys for Tots and delivered stuffed animals to local schools.

About Helper Helper
Helper Helper is an app and web portal that makes it simple for institutions to track hours and coordinate community service opportunities. Former University of Michigan basketball player, Krista Clement, founded Helper Helper to simplify the volunteer process for students and help them create a lasting impact within their communities. Helper Helper works with over 350 colleges and universities, including a partnership with all of NCAA Division II and NCAA Team Works™. For more information on Helper Helper, visit www.HelperHelper.com or follow them on Twitter @HelperHelperApp.


Team

BOONE, N.C. -- App State men's basketball has announced that their Basketball Boys Mountaineer Day Camp has been rescheduled for Aug. 3 to Aug. 6.

The camp is geared to develop and improve each individual camper's basketball skills. This camp is open to all ability levels for ages 7-18 and will provide a fun, positive, learning environment for all campers. Each day will include competitive games and skill instruction from App State's coaches and players.

Full day and half day options are available. Full day camp runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. from Aug. 3 to Aug. 5. Half day camp runs from 9 a.m. to noon from Aug. 3 to Aug. 5. An awards ceremony will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Aug. 6, with all campers dismissed upon completion.

Camp registration and information can be accessed by clicking here.

Please contact Director of Basketball Operations Brad Fey at FeyBS@appstate.edu with any questions.





Forrest

BOONE, N.C. – App State men's basketball guard Justin Forrest has been named Second Team All-District 23 by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC).
 
It marks the first NABC All-District honor for the Decatur, Ga. native. Earlier this month, he was tabbed First Team All-Sun Belt by the conference.
 
This season, Forrest averaged a team-high and career-high 17.3 points, which also ranked third in the conference. He also finished with a career-high 91 assists.
 
Forrest scored in double figures in 27 of 32 games this season, including 20 or more points a team-high 15 times. He finished with 553 total points, which ranks as the 13th most in single season program history.
 
During the season, Forrest earned Sun Belt Player of the Week honors twice. He earned the accolade, along with the Lou Henson Award National Player of the Week and Sun Belt Player of the Week from College Sports Madness, for games played Dec. 16 to Dec. 22 after averaging 28.5 points on 54.3 percent (19-of-35) shooting, 4.5 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 3.0 steals. He also was tabbed Co-Sun Belt Player of the Week for games played Jan. 27 to Feb. 2, after averaging 24.5 points on 57.7 percent (15-of-26) shooting from the field and 60.0 percent (9-of-15) shooting from beyond the arc.
 
In 95 career games, Forrest is averaging 15.6 points and 3.1 rebounds. He has scored 1,484 points during his time in the High Country, which is 14th most in program history.
 
Forrest and the Mountaineers finished 18-15 in 2019-20 and went 11-9 in Sun Belt play. App State's 18 wins were most since the 2009-10 season and the 11 conference wins were the most for the program in the Sun Belt.