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Men’s Basketball Alumnus John Kopriva Makes Return Trip to NABC Honors Court

NABC honors one of many Kopriva received in four years at GW.
July 30, 2015 George Washington graduate and men’s basketball alumnus (’15) John Kopriva added to his long list of accolades today when he was named as a member of the National Association of Basketball Coaches 2014-15 Honors Court.

Kopriva, who graduated as GW men’s basketball’s all-time leader in career games played, was also the recipient of a Division I-AAA Athletics Directors Association 2015 Postgraduate Scholarship as one of just 10 men's basketball players chosen to the 2015 Division I-AAA ADA Scholar-Athlete Team.

"John was my first recruit to GW and for four years here he was a model student-athlete," said Head Coach Mike Lonergan. "We'll miss the leadership and intellect that he brought to our locker room. He made our program better, but now he's destined for success in medical school and wherever his future takes him."

This marks the second season in a row in which Kopriva earned Honors Court accolades, and fourth straight year that a GW student-athlete was honored after Nemanja Mikic (’13) was honored in 2012 and 2013. Kopriva joins fellow A-10 student-athletes Erando Halilaj and Nihad Musovic (Fordham), Gilvydas Biruta and Eric Youncofski (Rhode Island) and John Moran (Richmond) on the NABC Honors Court.

In February, Kopriva earned GW men's basketball's 10th Academic All-America selection with Third Team honors, and in March he became the fourth Colonial with multiple A-10 All-Academic Team accolades with his repeat selection.

The chemistry major, three-year team co-captain and aspiring orthopedic surgeon from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, was named to the A-10 Commissioner's Honor Roll and GW Athletics Academic Dean's List every semester at GW. Along with his standout academics, Kopriva enjoyed his best season as a Colonial in 2014-15. He started all 35 games and averaged career-bests of 6.7 points on 49 percent shooting, 44 percent behind the arc and 3.7 rebounds along with 29 total blocks.

Graduate transfer Alex Mitola was also named to the NABC Honors Court following his sterling season at Dartmouth. The point guard led Dartmouth with 12.4 points and 2.7 assists per game, both of which ranked among the top 10 in the Ivy League last season, and graduated in three years. Mitola finished his career at Dartmouth with 1,007 points while ranking third in free throw percentage (.858), fourth in three-pointers made (202) and seventh in three-point percentage (.390).