U of L hoops team makes the grades in class

The University of Louisville men's basketball team is not only having success on the court but also in the classroom. The Cardinals were lauded on Wednesday for making high grades in the classroom as a team.

The University of Louisville received some good academic news about three programs on Wednesday, including the national champion men's basketball team.

The men's hoops team, along with the men's cross country team and the women's golf team finished among the top 10 percent in their respective sports in the latest Academic Progress Rate (APR).

Men's cross country and women's golf have a perfect 1000 score for the recent four-year period (2008-12), while the men's hoops team has a 995 score.

"We try to tell our players at the beginning of the year that we want to strive to be the best we can be in all areas," U of L coach Rick Pitino said. "We want to be the best people, the best students and the best basketball players.

"And look it's all because of the people who lead it. Our academic people here, we as coaches don't have anything to do with the academic part of their lives; that is all monitored by the academic folks. It's really run by them and Marvin Mitchell and Anthony Wright, who run it for us, have just done a fabulous job.

"Guys here are not coming out of high school with stellar backgrounds. But they are really getting educated and they are really learning their skills and for me, as a basketball coach, that's a great thing to see."

The U of L basketball team produced a collective 3.295 grade point average for the 2012-13 academic year with a 3.41 GPA for the fall semester, which was the highest ever mark for the Cardinals. A total of 15 of 17 players on the roster made a 3.0 or better for the fall semester.

The APR for each team in each sport will be released next week. The APR tracks whether each scholarship player remains academically eligible and stays in school each semester.

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