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State Leads All ACC Schools In Basketball APR

May 7, 2009
Hey, it’s something, right?

N.C. State led all ACC men’s basketball teams with a score of 995 out of a possible 1,000. The rate measures the total progress toward graduation of athletes on each team at each Division I school. A 925 is considered a passing score.

School athletics officials said N.C. State’s strong showing in the classroom is partly due to coach Sidney Lowe’s efforts to keep players in school after he took over for Herb Sendek in 2006. Coaching changes often are followed by an exodus of players who transfer to other schools, but that didn’t happen at N.C. State.

“I think academically when Herb left they were in pretty good shape, and Sidney has done a good job of trying to maintain kids in school,” said N.C. State athletics director Lee Fowler.

At the opposite end of the spectrum, Georgia Tech loses two scholarships for its low APR score. Hewitt’s propensity to land future pro prospects that bolt after one or two seasons, coupled with Tech’s reputation as one of the toughest academic institutions in the league, makes this news not-so-shocking.

The sad thing is, if Derrick Favors isn’t enough of a basketball god to turn Georgia Tech into a conference title player next season and if Paul Hewitt is fired (which may or may not happen given the details of his contract), then the next Joe they hire would stand to inherit a pretty tough situation. Further, Favors is certainly another one-and-doner, so regardless of who is piloting the ship in Atlanta in 2010-2011, their APR stands to take another blow.

You can find a pdf of the complete 2008 APR data for any school here at


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