The University of Hawaii men’s basketball team finished with a high enough Academic Progress Rate that it did not face sanctions in the latest round of scores released by the NCAA today.
The Rainbow Warriors, despite the turnover of players in the program while under NCAA investigation, posted a 937 four-year rate for 2015-‘16, seven points above the required minimum.
Schools that had scores below 930 (out of 1,000) faced sanctions, including loss of postseason eligibility, practice and playing time.
The NCAA said 17 teams across various sports will be ineligible for the postseason in 2017-‘18.
The overall four-year average APR for member schools was 981 and 966 for men’s basketball.
The Academic Progress Rate (APR) is an NCAA metric for measuring progress toward graduation. The NCAA says 930 equates to a 50 percent graduation rate.
Scholarship athletes each semester earn one point for maintaining eligibility and another point for staying in school or graduating. The Rainbow Wahine golf and tennis programs reached posted scores of 1,000.
Meanwhile UH football ranked fourth in the 10-member Mountain West Conference at 968.
We continue to better our scores,” athletic director David Matlin said. in a release “Our focus is improving retention and providing the best environment for our student-athletes to thrive and succeed. Graduation is the goal and we will be celebrating that achievement with significant number of graduates this Saturday.”
Faculty Athletic Representative David Ericson added, “In particular, we are heartened by the continuous improvement in the APR score by the football team. We were already above many of our peers, but this shows that we are moving even higher under the leadership of Coach (Nick) Rolovich.”
MAKING THE GRADE
(2015-‘16 multi-year Academic Progress Rate scores)
Women’s golf 1,000
Women’s tennis 1,000 Men’s golf 993
Women’s basketball 986
Water polo 986
Cross country 985
Women’s swim & diving 979
Men’s tennis 975
Women’s volleyball 973
Men’s swim & diving 962
Beach volleyball 958
Men’s volleyball 945
Men’s basketball 937