CULVER CITY - West L.A. College men's basketball team made school history this past semester when the team posted a combined 3.6 GPA. Each of the student-athletes earned a 3.0 GPA or higher, earning each member a spot on the dean's honor roll as well as the Athletic Department's Gold Team.
Since the fall of 2015-16, the program’s classroom success has steadily climbed. In the fall of 2015, the program earned a combined 2.51 GPA. After a steady increase, in fall of 2018 the men’s basketball program became the first athletic program in school history to record a combined GPA of 3.0 or higher (3.02 GPA).
Interestingly, in 2018, 93 percent of the student-athletes were African American. In 2019 and 2021, 100 percent of the student-athletes were African American. As West L.A.’s classroom success grew so has its graduation rates, with 100 percent of the program’s sophomores graduating and transferring to a four-year university since Anthony Jones became the program’s head coach in 2015. West L.A. also had success on the floor, winning two conference championships in the last five years.
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(West L.A. Athletics)