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NCAA.com | December 3, 2013

Nominees announced for Good Works Teams

INDIANAPOLIS -- The National Association of Basketball Coaches, the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association and Allstate Insurance Company on Tuesday announced the 202 nominees for the 2014 Allstate NABC and WBCA Good Works Teams. The award recognizes a select group of college basketball student-athletes who have made significant contributions to the greater good of their communities through volunteerism and civic service.

In its second year, the Allstate NABC and WBCA Good Works Teams honor players at all levels of college basketball who represent the sport’s finest in the areas of leadership and charitable achievements amongst their peers.  The student-athletes nominated for this prestigious award embody the true spirit of teamwork and giving back.

“Allstate is proud to recognize these two outstanding groups of men and women whose commitment to service and volunteerism demonstrate that ‘good works’ extend beyond the basketball court,” said Pam Hollander, senior director of marketing for Allstate Insurance Company and a member of the 2014 NABC and WBCA Good Works Teams selection panels. “Each of the nominees serves as a role model and inspiration to future generations seeking ways to give back, and another reason to celebrate the good happening in our communities.”

While jump shots and rebounds earn recognition on the hardwood, the Allstate NABC and WBCA Good Works Teams help tell the stories of good taking place off the court that often go unnoticed.  It is those players who demonstrate the exceptional ability to balance academics with athletics while donating their limited free time to serving others who have been nominated by their respective colleges and universities for this prestigious honor.

The 2014 nominees uphold impressive service resumes detailing unique and inspiring stories of servitude. From volunteering with sick and underprivileged children to lobbying state legislature for new laws that could help save lives, this exceptional group of young men and women demonstrate the positive impact student-athletes can have on and off the court.

From the 118 NABC nominees and 84 WBCA nominees submitted by sports information directors across the nation on behalf of their schools, special voting panels will select two 10-member teams comprised of five student-athletes from the NCAA Division I level and five student-athletes from DII, III and the NAIA.  Former Duke student-athlete, two-time NCAA champion and seven-time NBA All-Star Grant Hill will headline the Allstate NABC Good Works Team voting panel, while WNBA basketball star Tamika Catchings, who played at Tennessee, will serve on the Allstate WBCA Good Works Team panel.  The final roster of 20 award recipients will be unveiled in February.

“The WBCA is honored to partner with Allstate in selecting the Allstate WBCA Good Works Team for the second year,” said Beth Bass chief executive officer of the WBCA. “Each of the 84 young women who have been nominated by their respective head coaches for this prestigious honor have set examples that we all should follow. The selection committee will have a difficult time in selecting the 10-member team from this outstanding group of nominees.”

Members of the Allstate NABC Good Works Team will be invited by Allstate, an official corporate partner of the NCAA, to the 2014 NABC Convention and 2014 NCAA Men’s Final Four in Dallas, where they will participate in a community project in the city. Members of the Allstate WBCA Good Works Team will be recognized during the 2014 WBCA Convention and at the 2014 NCAA Women’s Final Four in Nashville, Tenn., and will also participate in a local community project.  Allstate is an official corporate partner of the NABC, WBCA and NCAA.

“The partnership of the NABC and Allstate provides an outstanding opportunity to recognize 118 men’s college basketball players who have been nominated for the 2014 Allstate NABC Good Works Team,” NABC Executive Director Jim Haney said. “The contributions they have made locally, nationally and globally are uplifting and demonstrate their great compassion, spirit and determination.”

In addition to Hollander, Hill and Catchings, the 2014 Allstate NABC and WBCA Good Works Teams selection panel members include: former college basketball players Greg Anthony (UNLV), Mateen Cleaves (Michigan State) and Alana Beard (Duke); former head coaches Bobby Cremins (College of Charleston), Seth Greenberg (Virginia Tech), Marsha Sharp (Texas Tech) and Nell Fortner (Auburn); current college basketball coach Coquese Washington (Penn State); and media members Seth Davis (Sports Illustrated/CBS), Dana O’Neil (ESPN), Carolyn Peck (ESPN) and LaChina Robinson (ESPN/FOX).

Since 2008, Allstate has partnered with the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) as sponsor of the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team, which shines a spotlight on the positive, off-the-field impact college football student-athletes have on their communities. Through an arrangement with the AFCA, NABC and WBCA, Allstate is able to expand the Good Works Team to also recognize college basketball student-athletes at all levels who donate their time and effort to make a difference off the court.

More information about the Allstate NABC Good Works Team and the Allstate WBCA Good Works Team is available at www.nabc.org and www.wbca.org.

The following players have been nominated for consideration to be named to the 2014 Allstate NABC Good Works Team:

NCAA Division I

Appalachian State University – Michael Obacha

Arizona State University – Dave Whitmore

Boston College – Ryan Anderson

Brigham Young University – Tyler Haws

Brown University – Rafael Maia

Butler University – Erik Fromm

Central Michigan University – Chris Fowler

Cleveland State University – Ludovic Ndaye

College of Charleston – Willis Hall

College of William and Mary – Tim Rusthoven

Creighton University – Ethan Wragge

Eastern Kentucky University – Deverin Muff

Florida State University – Okaro White

George Washington University – John Kopriva

Georgia State University – R.J. Hunter

Gonzaga University – Drew Barham

Hampton University – Deron Powers

Illinois State University – Nick Zeisloft

Indiana State University – Lucas Eitel

Iowa State University – Melvin Ejim

Kansas State University – Will Spradling

Mercer University – Langston Hall

New Mexico State University – Kevin Aronis

North Carolina State University – Tyler Lewis

Northwestern State University – Gary Stewart

Northwestern University – Drew Crawford

Oakland University – Travis Bader

Ohio State University – Aaron Craft

Ohio University – Nick Kellogg

Quinnipiac University – Ousmane Drame

Rice University – Austin Ramljak

Rider University – Emerson Bursis

Saint Joseph’s University – Chris Wilson

Saint Louis University – Jake Barnett

Seattle University – Jarell Flora

Seton Hall University – Patrik Auda

Southern Methodist University – Shawn Williams

South Dakota State University – Marcus Heemstra

St. John’s University (N.Y.) – God’sgift Achiuwa

Stephen F. Austin State University – Desmond Haymon

Tennessee State University – Patrick Miller

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi – Jake Kocher

The Citadel – Dylen Setzekorn

Towson University – Timajh Parker-Rivera

Troy University – Jeffrey Mullahey

U.S. Military Academy (Army) – Maxwell Lenox

University of Alabama at Birmingham – Jordan Swing

University of North Carolina-Wilmington – Tanner Milson

University at Albany – David Wiegmann

University of Arizona – Nick Johnson

University of Arkansas – Kikko Haydar

University of Colorado – Chris Jenkins

University Detroit Mercy – Evan Bruinsma

University of Florida – Patric Young

University of Houston – Mikhail McLean

University of Kansas – Perry Ellis

University of Kentucky – Jarrod Polson

University of Maryland Eastern Shore – Ishaq Pitt

University of Massachusetts – Trey Davis

University of Memphis – Joe Jackson

University of Michigan – Jordan Morgan

University of Notre Dame – Tom Knight

University of Pennsylvania – Dau Jok

University of Pittsburgh – James Robinson

University of Tennessee, Knoxville – D’Montre Edwards

University of Texas – Javan Felix

University of the Pacific – Trevin Harris

University of Tulsa – Nick Wood

University of Vermont – Luke Apfeld

University of Virginia – Joe Harris

Utah State University – Danny Berger

Wake Forest University – Aaron Rountree III

West Virginia University – Kevin Noreen

University of Wisconsin – Zach Bohannon

Youngstown State University – Mike Podolsky



NCAA Divisions II, III and the NAIA

Albion College – Zach Hurth

Anderson University (S.C.) – Chandler Hash

Bard College – Patrick Lichtenstein

Bethel University – Caleb Hardy

Bluefield State College – Avery Holliday

Central Washington University – Joey Roppo

Coker College – Eren Moses

Colorado College – James Lonergan

Columbia (Mo.) College – Tanner Sutton

Dominican University of California – Connor Haysbert

East Central University – Miles Mitchell

Eckerd College – Alex Bodney

Felician College – Anthony Obery

Franklin & Marshall College – Ed Early

Hamilton College – Peter Kazickas

Hope College – Grant Neil

Illinois Wesleyan University – Nick Anderson

Kalamazoo College – Grant Carey

Kenyon College – Dan Giguere

LaGrange College – Jalen Butler

Lake Superior State University – Cameron Metz

Loyola University New Orleans – Cameron Hill

Montana State University-Northern – Patrick Jensen

Mount Aloysius College – Aaron Patrick

Newberry College – Brunes Charles

Oklahoma Baptist University – Cale Jackson

Penn State Altoona – Michael Wigfield

Pittsburg State University – Jake Bullard

Saint Augustine’s University – Joel Kindred

Saint John’s University (Minn.) – Jack Wittenborg

Saint Xavier University – Brad Karp

South Dakota School of Mines – Lance Kilburn

Southwest Baptist University – Preston Guiot

Southwestern College – Tyler Shirley

St. Mary’s College of Maryland – Nick LaGuerre

Union University (Tenn.) – Paul Valdor

University of Mary Washington – Taylor Johnson

University of Mobile – Cody Scott

University of North Alabama – Wes Long

University of Pikeville – Justice Elisha

University of the Ozarks – Andrew Cummings

University of West Alabama – Kyle Belcher

Westminster College – Paul Carswell

The following players have been nominated for consideration to be named to the 2014 Allstate WBCA Good Works Team:

NCAA Division I

College of The Holy Cross – Alex Smith

East Carolina University – Ariana Jackson

Florida Gulf Coast University – Sarah Hansen

Florida State University – Natasha Howard

Fordham University – Abigail Corning

Furman University – Brigid Morrissey

Georgia Institute of Technology – Shayla Bivins

Harvard University – Kaitlyn Dinkins

Iowa State University – Hallie Christofferson

Kansas State University – Chantay Caron

Louisiana State University – Theresa Plaisance

McNeese State University – NeTanya Jones

Middle Tennessee State University – Janiece Johnson

Montana State University-Bozeman – Jackie Elliott

Norfolk State University – Jazamine Gray

North Carolina A&T State University – Tracy King

Northwestern University – Meghan McKeown

Purdue University – Courtney Moses

Rice University – Nakachi Maduka

Seattle University – Kacie Sowell

Southern Illinois University at Carbondale – Jordyn Courier

Stanford University – Chiney Ogwumike

Stephen F. Austin State University – Daylyn Harris

Texas A&M University – Karla Gilbert

University of Akron – Rachel Tecca

University of Alabama – Nikki Hegstetter

University of California-Berkeley – Avigiel Cohen

University of Delaware – Kelsey Buchanan

University of Denver – Theresa Wirth

University of Hartford – Alyssa Englert

University of Hawaii – Kamilah Jackson

University of Illinois – Sarah Hartwell

University of Iowa – Kathryn Reynolds

University of Kentucky – Kastine Evans

University of Louisville – Jude Schimmel

University of Maine – Elizabeth Wood

University of Massachusetts – Jasmine Harris

University of Miami – Maria Brown

University of Missouri-Kansas City – Eilise O’Connor

University of New Hampshire – Kelsey Hogan

University of New Mexico – Sara Halasz

University of North Dakota – Allyssa Wall

University of South Carolina – Elem Ibiam

University of Southern California – Cassie Harberts

University of Southern Mississippi – Niesha Pierce

University of Tennessee at Martin – Heather Butler

University of Virginia – Lexie Gerson

University of Wisconsin – Morgan Paige

West Virginia University – Jessica Harlee

Western Kentucky University – Chaney Means

Winthrop University – Taylor Calvert

Youngstown State University – Heidi Schlegel

NCAA Divisions II, III and the NAIA

Central Washington University – Jessica VanDyke

Davenport University – Alison Bouman

Dillard University – Amber Tramel

Gannon University – Jen Papich

Geneva College – Heidi Mann

Georgia College & State University – Shanteona Keys

Hillsdale College – Megan Fogt

Illinois Wesleyan University – Alexa Baltes

Loyola University – Jasmine Brewer

Marymount University – Katelyn Fischer

Metropolitan State University of Denver – Amy Nelson

Minnesota State University-Mankato – Alexandra Wilkinson

Montana State University-Northern – Taylor Cummings

Moravian College – Laura Jordan

Nova Southeastern University – Jessica Valley

Ohio Dominican University – Christina Pentaudi

Oklahoma Wesleyan University – Courtney Backward

Quincy University – Lucy Cramsey

Roosevelt University – Rebecca Williford

Saint Cloud State University – Carley Jeffery

St. Mary’s University – Dezirae Elias

Trinity University (Texas) – Hannah Coley

Union College – Amy Loya

University of Alabama-Huntsville – Shannon Steinert

University of Mary Washington – Sam Partonen

University of St. Francis – Paige Stankus

Valley City State University – Brittany Lehner

Warner Pacific College – Jessica Thoens

Washington University in St. Louis – Lucy Montgomery

Westminster College (Mo.) – Leigh Ann Lutz

Wingate University – Jasmine DeBerry

Worcester State University – Michel’le St. Pierre

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