IOWA CITY, Iowa — Michael Baer, Connor McCaffery, and Jack Nunge of the University of Iowa men’s basketball team have been named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches Honors Court for the 2019-2020 season. The distinction recognizes collegiate basketball student-athletes who excelled in academics during the past season.
In order to be named to the Honors Court, a student-athlete must be an upperclassman, academically, and maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or higher.
McCaffery, a finance major, started all 31 games and led the country in assist-to-turnover ratio (4.6) as a redshirt sophomore this past season. The Iowa City, Iowa, native saw action at four different positions, helping lead the nationally-ranked Hawkeyes to another 20-win season. In addition to his accolades on the court, the two-sport student-athlete is a role model off the court. He was named UI’s Male Big Ten Sportsmanship Award honoree, and earned Big Ten Distinguished Scholar, Academic All-District First Team and Academic All-Big Ten recognition in 2020.
Nunge, an accounting major, averaged six points and 4.6 rebounds through the first five contests of the 2019-2020 season before suffering a season-ending ACL injury. The native of Newburgh, Indiana, was also recognized on the Academic All-Big Ten team.
Baer, a business management major, helps led the scout team in practice. The native of Bettendorf, Iowa, is a two-time Big Ten Distinguished Scholar and Academic All-Big Ten honoree.