Courtesy: Jason Kaufman/CMU Athletics
Freshman John Simons drives past Austin Keel earlier this summer during practice. Simons, a 2012 PARADE All-America selection, is one of seven newcomers to combine for a 3.6 grade point average this summer.
Newcomers Transition Well into the Classroom

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. – It was no mystery how the Central Michigan men's basketball team would benefit from the NCAA legislation that allowed official summer workouts for student-athletes enrolled in summer classes, but the new structure also gave the new Chippewas an advantage in the classroom.

The seven newcomers, enrolled in their first classes at CMU, combined to average a 3.6 grade point while each taking six hours of credits.

"We have been able to get off on the right foot and take a big step forward both on the court and in the classroom this summer," said first-year head coach Keno Davis. "This is the culture we want to build in our program. Discipline in one area typically translates to discipline in the other."

All seven student-athletes carried at least a 3.0 and one–freshman John Simons–began his collegiate career with a 4.0.