The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) announced Monday that 163 Division II Men’s Basketball student-athletes have been named 2016 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes.
The College of the Ozarks men’s basketball team is pleased to announce they have two award winners on the list—guards Chandler Hall and Joe Young. In order to be nominated by an institution’s head coach or sports information director, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and must have achieved a junior academic status.
Hall, a Branson native, has played in all 29 games for the Cats this season. His intelligence, intense energy and good screen setting definitely contribute to the team’s success. Hall is pursuing an Allied Health Science Interdisciplinary degree with the intent of becoming a dentist.
Young is a starter on the Bobcat team who hails from Rogersville, Missouri. On the court, Young makes a lot of hustle plays that aren’t apparent in the stats. He also brings great rebounding skills to the Cats, as evidenced by the 252 he collected this season to lead the team. Off the court, Young is majoring in Business Administration.
Achieving this award is an impressive feat for College of the Ozarks athletes, as they must balance their coursework and studies with not only basketball travel, practice and game time, but also with the College’s work program requirement. All full-time students at College of the Ozarks, athletes included, are required to work 15 hours per week and one 40-hour work week per semester at an on-campus job in exchange for free tuition. Hall works in the College’s laundry department, and Young is a student worker in the business department.
Pictured: Joe Young #3 and Chandler Hall #23