National Association of Basketball Coaches, Women's Basketball Coaches Association, Allstate Announce 201 Nominees to Good Works Teams®

Second annual award recognizes college basketball student-athletes for their commitment to volunteerism

Dec 03, 2013, 09:36 ET from Allstate Insurance Company

INDIANAPOLIS, Dec. 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC), the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) and Allstate Insurance Company today announced the 201 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 117 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 NCAA® Divisions II, III and the NAIA.  Former Duke University 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 the University of 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, 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 117 men's college basketball players who have been nominated for the 2014 Allstate NABC Good Works Team®," said NABC Executive Director Jim Haney. "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 and

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

South Dakota State University – Marcus Heemstra

Arizona State University – Dave Whitmore

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

Boston College – Ryan Anderson

Stephen F. Austin State University – Desmond Haymon

Brigham Young University – Tyler Haws

Tennessee State University – Patrick Miller

Brown University – Rafael Maia

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi – Jake Kocher

Butler University – Erik Fromm

The Citadel – Dylen Setzekorn

Central Michigan University – Chris Fowler

Towson University – Timajh Parker-Rivera

Cleveland State University – Ludovic Ndaye

Troy University – Jeffrey Mullahey

College of Charleston – Willis Hall

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

College of William and Mary – Tim Rusthoven

University of Alabama at Birmingham – Jordan Swing

Creighton University – Ethan Wragge

University of North Carolina-Wilmington – Tanner Milson

Eastern Kentucky University – Deverin Muff

University at Albany – David Wiegmann

Florida State University – Okaro White

University of Arizona – Nick Johnson

George Washington University – John Kopriva

University of Arkansas – Kikko Haydar

Georgia State University – R.J. Hunter

University Detroit Mercy – Evan Bruinsma

Gonzaga University – Drew Barham

University of Florida – Patric Young

Hampton University – Deron Powers

University of Houston – Mikhail McLean

Illinois State University – Nick Zeisloft

University of Kansas – Perry Ellis

Indiana State University – Lucas Eitel

University of Kentucky – Jarrod Polson

Iowa State University – Melvin Ejim

University of Maryland Eastern Shore – Ishaq Pitt

Kansas State University – Will Spradling

University of Massachusetts – Trey Davis

Mercer University – Langston Hall

University of Memphis – Joe Jackson

New Mexico State University – Kevin Aronis

University of Michigan – Jordan Morgan

North Carolina State University – Tyler Lewis

University of Notre Dame – Tom Knight

Northwestern State University – Gary Stewart

University of Pennsylvania – Dau Jok

Northwestern University – Drew Crawford

University of Pittsburgh – James Robinson

Oakland University – Travis Bader 

University of Tennessee, Knoxville – D'Montre Edwards

Ohio State University – Aaron Craft 

University of Texas – Javan Felix

Ohio University – Nick Kellogg

University of the Pacific – Trevin Harris

Quinnipiac University – Ousmane Drame

University of Tulsa – Nick Wood

Rice University – Austin Ramljak

University of Vermont – Luke Apfeld

Rider University – Emerson Bursis

University of Virginia – Joe Harris

Saint Joseph's University – Chris Wilson

Utah State University – Danny Berger

Saint Louis University – Jake Barnett

Wake Forest University – Aaron Rountree III

Seattle University – Jarell Flora

West Virginia University – Kevin Noreen

Seton Hall University – Patrik Auda

University of Wisconsin – Zach Bohannon

Southern Methodist University – Shawn Williams

Youngstown State University – Mike Podolsky

NCAA® Divisions II, III and the NAIA

Albion College – Zach Hurth

Montana State University-Northern – Patrick Jensen

Anderson University (S.C.) – Chandler Hash

Mount Aloysius College – Aaron Patrick

Bard College – Patrick Lichtenstein

Newberry College – Brunes Charles

Bethel University – Caleb Hardy

Oklahoma Baptist University – Cale Jackson

Bluefield State College – Avery Holliday

Penn State Altoona – Michael Wigfield

Central Washington University – Joey Roppo

Pittsburg State University – Jake Bullard

Coker College – Eren Moses

Saint Augustine's University – Joel Kindred

Colorado College – James Lonergan

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

Columbia (Mo.) College – Tanner Sutton

Saint Xavier University – Brad Karp

Dominican University of California – Connor Haysbert

South Dakota School of Mines – Lance Kilburn

East Central University – Miles Mitchell

Southwest Baptist University – Preston Guiot

Eckerd College – Alex Bodney

Southwestern College – Tyler Shirley

Felician College – Anthony Obery

St. Mary's College of Maryland – Nick LaGuerre

Franklin & Marshall College – Ed Early

Union University (Tenn.) – Paul Valdor

Hamilton College – Peter Kazickas

University of Mary Washington – Taylor Johnson

Hope College – Grant Neil

University of Mobile – Cody Scott

Illinois Wesleyan University – Nick Anderson

University of North Alabama – Wes Long

Kalamazoo College – Grant Carey

University of Pikeville – Justice Elisha

Kenyon College – Dan Giguere 

University of the Ozarks – Andrew Cummings

LaGrange College – Jalen Butler

University of West Alabama – Kyle Belcher

Lake Superior State University – Cameron Metz

Westminster College – Paul Carswell

Loyola University New Orleans – Cameron Hill

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

University of California-Berkeley – Avigiel Cohen

East Carolina University – Ariana Jackson

University of Delaware – Kelsey Buchanan

Florida Gulf Coast University – Sarah Hansen

University of Denver – Theresa Wirth

Florida State University – Natasha Howard

University of Hartford – Alyssa Englert

Fordham University – Abigail Corning

University of Hawaii – Kamilah Jackson

Furman University – Brigid Morrissey

University of Illinois – Sarah Hartwell

Georgia Institute of Technology – Shayla Bivins

University of Iowa – Kathryn Reynolds

Harvard University – Kaitlyn Dinkins

University of Kentucky – Kastine Evans

Iowa State University – Hallie Christofferson

University of Louisville – Jude Schimmel

Kansas State University – Chantay Caron

University of Maine – Elizabeth Wood

Louisiana State University – Theresa Plaisance

University of Massachusetts – Jasmine Harris

McNeese State University – NeTanya Jones

University of Miami – Maria Brown

Middle Tennessee State University – Janiece Johnson

University of Missouri-Kansas City – Eilise O'Connor

Montana State University-Bozeman – Jackie Elliott

University of New Hampshire – Kelsey Hogan

Norfolk State University – Jazamine Gray

University of New Mexico – Sara Halasz

North Carolina A&T State University – Tracy King

University of North Dakota – Allyssa Wall

Northwestern University – Meghan McKeown 

University of South Carolina – Elem Ibiam

Purdue University – Courtney Moses

University of Southern California – Cassie Harberts

Rice University – Nakachi Maduka

University of Southern Mississippi – Niesha Pierce

Seattle University – Kacie Sowell

University of Tennessee at Martin – Heather Butler

Southern Illinois University at Carbondale – Jordyn Courier

University of Virginia – Lexie Gerson

Stanford University – Chiney Ogwumike

University of Wisconsin – Morgan Paige

Stephen F. Austin State University – Daylyn Harris

West Virginia University – Jessica Harlee

Texas A&M University – Karla Gilbert

Western Kentucky University – Chaney Means

University of Akron – Rachel Tecca

Winthrop University – Taylor Calvert

University of Alabama – Nikki Hegstetter

Youngstown State University – Heidi Schlegel

NCAA® Divisions II, III and the NAIA

Central Washington University – Jessica VanDyke

Oklahoma Wesleyan University – Courtney Backward

Davenport University – Alison Bouman

Quincy University – Lucy Cramsey

Dillard University – Amber Tramel

Roosevelt University – Rebecca Williford

Gannon University – Jen Papich

Saint Cloud State University – Carley Jeffery

Geneva College – Heidi Mann

St. Mary's University – Dezirae Elias

Georgia College & State University – Shanteona Keys

Trinity University (Texas) – Hannah Coley

Hillsdale College – Megan Fogt

Union College – Amy Loya

Illinois Wesleyan University – Alexa Baltes

University of Alabama-Huntsville – Shannon Steinert

Loyola University – Jasmine Brewer

University of Mary Washington – Sam Partonen

Marymount University – Katelyn Fischer

University of St. Francis – Paige Stankus

Metropolitan State University of Denver – Amy Nelson

Valley City State University – Brittany Lehner

Minnesota State University-Mankato – Alexandra Wilkinson

Warner Pacific College – Jessica Thoens

Montana State University-Northern – Taylor Cummings

Washington University in St. Louis – Lucy Montgomery

Moravian College – Laura Jordan

Westminster College (Mo.) – Leigh Ann Lutz

Nova Southeastern University – Jessica Valley

Wingate University – Jasmine DeBerry

Ohio Dominican University – Christina Pentaudi

Worcester State University – Michel'le St. Pierre

About the National Association of Basketball Coaches
Located in Kansas City, Missouri, the NABC was founded in 1927 by Forrest "Phog" Allen, the legendary basketball coach at the University of Kansas. Allen, a student of James Naismith, the inventor of basketball, organized coaches into this collective group to serve as Guardians of the Game. The NABC currently has nearly 5,000 members consisting primarily of university and college men's basketball coaches. All members of the NABC are expected to uphold the core values of being a Guardian of the Game by bringing attention to the positive aspects of the sport of basketball and the role coaches play in the academic and athletic lives of today's student-athletes. The four core values of being a Guardian of the Game are advocacy, leadership, service and education. Additional information about the NABC, its programs and membership, can be found at

About the Women's Basketball Coaches Association
Founded in 1981, the Women's Basketball Coaches Association promotes women's basketball by unifying coaches at all levels to develop a reputable identity for the sport and to foster and promote the development of the game as a sport for women and girls. For more information on the WBCA, please visit

About AFCA
The AFCA was founded in 1922 and currently has more than 11,000 members around the world ranging from the high school level to the professional ranks. According to its constitution, the AFCA was formed, in part, to "maintain the highest possible standards in football and in the coaching profession" and to "provide a forum for the discussion and study of all matters pertaining to football."

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