Basketball, Tennis recognized by NCAA

Pitt men's basketball and women's tennis earned NCAA Public Recognition Awards for success in the last year's Academic Progress Rate reports.

The men's basketball and women's tennis programs were honored by the NCAA Wednesday for earning APR scores ranking in the nation's Top 10 percent in each sport. The basketball team was recognized for the fourth time in the last five years, and tennis the third time in program history.

The APR reports measure a team's academic achievement with academic progress, retention and graduation over a four-year period. This year's reports include the academic years from 2010-11 through 2013-14.

"It is a great source of pride for our program to be recognized once again by the NCAA for our APR," men's basketball head coach Jamie Dixon said. "Classroom achievement and graduating are essential to our basketball program’s foundation. Our APR recognition is a reflection of our student-athletes’ commitment to those two goals."

Four men's basketball teams and three women's tennis teams from the ACC were recognized by the NCAA.

"We are thrilled that our student-athletes have been recognized for their academic excellence," women’s tennis head coach Alex Santos said. "At Pitt, we are dedicated not only to athletic performance but also academic achievement and preparing our young people for life. We are incredibly proud of our student-athletes."

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