National Association of Basketball Coaches, Women's Basketball Coaches Association and Allstate Announce Record 257 Nominees to Good Works Teams®

Fourth annual award honors college basketball student-athletes who are making a positive impact in their communities

Dec 02, 2015, 09:00 ET from Allstate Insurance

INDIANAPOLIS, Dec. 2, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC), the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) and Allstate Insurance Company today announced an all-time high 257 total nominees for the 2016 Allstate NABC and WBCA Good Works Teams®. This distinguished award shines a spotlight on a select group of student-athletes who have shown dedication to service in their communities.

In its fourth year, the Allstate NABC and WBCA Good Works Teams® recognize players at all levels of college basketball who have made outstanding contributions in the areas of volunteerism and civic involvement. From establishing nonprofits that provide youth with the necessary tools to become leaders of tomorrow, to raising awareness around pertinent issues that could save lives, these student-athletes exhibit leadership skills both on and off the court.

"The 2016 Allstate NABC and WBCA Good Works Teams® nominees are truly inspirational and their stories of service are a great example of the impact young people can make by dedicating their time and energy to do good," said Thomas Clarkson, president of the west territory for Allstate Insurance Company and a member of the 2016 NABC and WBCA Good Works Teams® selection panels. "For the fourth year, Allstate is honored to join the NABC and WBCA to recognize these student-athletes for their leadership off the court to help make a difference."

The 154 NABC nominees and the 103 WBCA nominees were submitted by sports information directors and college basketball coaches across the country. From the nominations, special voting panels, headlined by former Duke University basketball athlete, two-time NCAA® champion and seven-time NBA All-Star Grant Hill, and former University of Tennessee basketball athlete, NCAA champion and WNBA legend Tamika Catchings, will select two 10-member teams comprised of five student-athletes from the NCAA Division I level and five student-athletes from Divisions II, III and the NAIA. The final roster of 20 award recipients will be unveiled in February.

"The Allstate WBCA Good Works Team® is a nationally recognized award that continues to honor an impressive group of student-athletes who strive to better our society through service efforts.  The WBCA family of coaches celebrates all the women's and men's basketball student-athletes who demonstrate a respect for the power of sports coupled with the responsibility to give back to others," said WBCA Executive Director Danielle Donehew. "The WBCA is proud to partner with Allstate and commends the recognition of these remarkable student-athletes for their significant humanitarian contributions."

Members of the Allstate NABC Good Works Team® will be invited by Allstate, an official corporate partner of the NCAA, to the 2016 NABC Convention and 2016 NCAA Men's Final Four® in Houston, where they will participate in a community service project benefiting the city. Members of the Allstate WBCA Good Works Team® will be recognized during the 2016 WBCA Convention and at the 2016 NCAA Women's Final Four® in Indianapolis, and will also participate in a local volunteer project. Allstate is an official corporate partner of the NABC, WBCA and NCAA.

"Once again as we have a record number of nominees for the Allstate Good Works Teams, it's very evident that our men's and women's student-athletes in college basketball are unselfish and unwavering in their commitment to service," said Jim Haney, executive director of the NABC. "From global initiatives in third-world countries to feeding the hungry and sheltering the homeless around their own communities, these young men and women are very deserving of the recognition that Allstate provides with this exemplary program."

In addition to Clarkson, Hill and Catchings, the 2016 Allstate NABC and WBCA Good Works Team® selection panel members include: former college basketball student-athletes Clark Kellogg (Ohio State University / CBS Sports), and Alana Beard (Duke University); media members Seth Davis (Sports Illustrated/CBS), Dana O'Neil (ESPN), Carolyn Peck (ESPN) and LaChina Robinson (ESPN/FOX); former head coaches Bobby Cremins (Georgia Institute of Tech/College of Charleston), Seth Greenberg (Virginia Tech University), Marsha Sharp (Texas Tech University) and Nell Fortner (Auburn University); and current college basketball coach Coquese Washington (Penn State University).

Since 2008, Allstate has partnered with the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) as a 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.

More information about the Allstate NABC Good Works Team® and the Allstate WBCA Good Works Team® is available at and

The following student-athletes have been nominated for consideration to be named to the 2016 Allstate NABC Good Works Team®:

NCAA Division I

Air Force Academy – Zach Moer

Santa Clara University – Nate Kratch

Alcorn State University – Marquis Vance

Southern Methodist University – Semi Ojeleye

Arkansas State University – Josh Pierre

South Carolina State University – Darryl Palmer  

Auburn University – Jordon Granger

Stephen F. Austin State University – Thomas Walkup

Austin Peay State University – Khalil Davis

Texas Christian University – Michael Williams

Belmont University – Jeff Laidig

Texas Tech University – Toddrick Gotcher

Bethune-Cookman University – Ricky Johnson

University of Alabama – Retin Obasohan

Brigham Young University – Kyle Collinsworth

University of Arizona – Kaleb Tarczewski

Butler University – Kellen Dunham

University of Arkansas at Little Rock – Mareik Isom

California State University, Bakersfield – Kevin Mays

University of California Berkeley – Stephen Domingo

Central Connecticut State University – Brandon Peel

University of California, Davis – Josh Fox

Central Michigan University – Chris Fowler

University of California, Irvine – Mamadou Ndiaye

College of Charleston – Canyon Barry

University of California, Los Angeles – Bryce Alford

Creighton University – Geoffrey Groselle

University of Detroit Mercy – Anton Wilson

Davidson College – Nathan Ekwu

University of Florida – Dorian Finney-Smith

Drexel University – Rodney Williams

University of Georgia – Yante Maten

Duke University – Marshall Plumlee

University of Iowa – Mike Gesell

Eastern Washington University – Venky Jois

University of Kansas – Hunter Mickelson

Florida Atlantic University – Jackson Trapp

University of Kentucky – Marcus Lee

Florida State University – Devon Bookert

University of Louisiana at Lafayette – Kasey Shepherd

Fordham University – Mandell Thomas

University of Louisville – Trey Lewis

Fresno State University – Marvelle Harris

University of Maryland – Varun Ram

Georgia Southern University – Devonte Boykins

University of Maryland Eastern Shore – Derrico Peck

High Point University – John Brown

University of Massachusetts – Tyler Bergantino

Idaho State University – Ben Wilson

University of Memphis – Shaq Goodwin

Indiana State University – Matt Van Scyoc

University of Michigan – Spike Albrecht

Iowa State University – Nazareth Mitrou-Long

University of Nebraska – Shavon Shields

IUPUI – Marcellus Barksdale

University of Nebraska Omaha – Kyler Erickson

La Salle University – Rohan Brown 

University of New Mexico – Cullen Neal

Lehigh University – Devon Carter

University of North Carolina – Joel James

Longwood University – Kanayo Obi-Rapu

University of North Carolina at Greensboro – Jordy Kuiper

Lyon College – Riley Jenkins

University of North Carolina at Wilmington – Craig Ponder

Mercer University – Jibri Bryan

University of North Florida – Beau Beech

Middle Tennessee State University – Reggie Upshaw

University of Oklahoma – Buddy Hield

Missouri State University – Tyler McCullough 

University of Pittsburgh – James Robinson

Morehead State University – Corban Collins

University of South Carolina – Mindaugas Kacinas

North Carolina A&T State University – Denzel Keyes

University of Southern California – Samer Dhillon

North Dakota State University – Chris Kading

University of Tennessee – Armani Moore

Northeastern University – Zach Stahl

University of Texas at Arlington – Drew Charles

Northern Arizona University – Jordyn Martin

University of Texas – Demarcus Holland

Northwestern State University – Jalan West

University of Tulsa – Shaquille Harrison

Oakland University – Max Hooper

University of Vermont – Trae Bell-Haynes

Oklahoma State University – Phil Forte

University of Virginia – Anthony Gill

Old Dominion University – Trey Freeman

University of Wisconsin – Nigel Hayes

Oral Roberts University – Obi Emegano

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee – Justin Jordan

Oregon State University – Daniel Gomis

Utah State University – David Collette

Pepperdine University – Stacy Davis

Valparaiso University – Alec Peters

Presbyterian College – Will Adams

Vanderbilt University – Luke Kornet

Purdue University – Rapheal Davis

Villanova University – Ryan Arcidiacono

Quinnipiac University (Conn.) – James Ford, Jr.

Washington State University – Junior Longrus

Rice University – Max Guercy

West Virginia University – Devin Williams

Rider University – Jimmie Taylor III

Western Illinois University – Garret Covington

Rutgers University – Greg Lewis

Western Kentucky University – Nigel Snipes

NCAA Divisions II, III and the NAIA

Alma College – DJ Beckman

LeTourneau University – CJ Edwards

Azusa Pacific University – LyDell Cardwell

Lewis & Clark College – Jason Luhnow

Bard College – Harry Johnson

Louisiana State University - Alexandria – Austin Adams 

Barton College – Nick Ellison

Maine Maritime Academy – Zachary Radcliffe

Benedictine University – Michael Blaszczyk

Millsaps College – Rajan Hanstad

Bluefield State College – Avery Holliday

Merrimack College – Tyler Hunt

California Baptist University – Jordan Giusti

Messiah College – Joshua Clippinger

California State University, East Bay – Alex Manu

Pittsburg State University – Josiah Gustafson

Carson-Newman University – Sawyer Williams

Ripon College – Jordan Stiede

Central College – Jordan Saddoris 

Roanoke College – Cameron Smith                       

Colorado College – James Lonergan            

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology – Tyler Duffy    

Columbia College (Mo.) – Zach Rockers

Saint Mary's University of Minnesota – Mark Schumacher

Delta State University – Jack Madgen

Slippery Rock University – Jordan Grady

Dominican University of California – Christopher Schwartz-Edmisten

SUNY Plattsburgh – Kyle Richardson

Eureka College – Michael Sain

South Dakota School of Mines and Technology – Philip Schanilec

Fitchburg State University – Kwame Lee

Tarleton State University – Jakob Damstra

Florida Institute of Technology – Isaac Spence

Thomas More College – Louis WalkerIII

Franklin & Marshall College – Lior Levy

University of the Ozarks – Josh Ferrell

Freed-Hardeman University – Isaiah Harrison

University of West Alabama – Matt Hancock 

Fresno Pacific University – Roger Paul

University of West Florida – Justin Williams

Hope College – Ben Gardner

University of Wisconsin-Platteville – Peyton River

Hampden-Sydney College – Nick Chase

Wayne State University – Michael Lewis

Indiana University East – Vasha Davis 

Westminster College (Pa.) – Jarret Vrabel

Lake Superior State University – Michael Smutny

Young Harris College – C.J. Wilson

The following student-athletes have been nominated for consideration to be named to the 2016 Allstate WBCA Good Works Team®:

NCAA Division I

Arizona State University – Arnecia Hawkins

Stephen F. Austin State University – LaNesha Middleton

Boston College – Alexa Coulombe

Stony Brook University – Brittany Snow

Brown University – Ellise Sharpe

Texas A&M University – Jordan Jones

California State University, Bakersfield – Alyssa Shannon

Texas Christian University – Zahna Medley

Coastal Carolina University – Olivia Carlton

Troy University – Ashley Beverly Kelley

Colgate University – Randyll Butler

U.S. Military Academy – Aimee Oertner

College of the Holy Cross – Raquel Scott

University of Alabama – Nikki Hegstetter

DePaul University – Chanise Jenkins

University of Arkansas – Melissa Wolff

East Carolina University – DeVaughn Gray

University of California, Los Angeles – Kacy Swain

Florida State University – Brittany Brown

University of Georgia – Merritt Hempe

Fordham University – Danielle Padovano

University of Houston – Jessieka Palmer

George Mason University – Taylor Brown

University of Illinois – Sarah Hartwell

George Washington University – Alexis Chandler

University of Iowa – Ally Disterhoft

Georgetown University – Ki-Ke Rafiu

University of Kansas – Lauren Aldridge

Georgia Institute of Technology – Katarina Vuckovic

University of Louisville – Cortnee Walton

Hofstra University – Sydni Epps      

University of Maine – Elizabeth Wood

Indiana State University – Rhagen Smith

University of Maryland Eastern Shore – Chalyse Taylor

Iowa State University – Nicole Blaskowsky

University of Maryland, Baltimore County – Emily Russo

Kansas State University – Kelly Thomson

University of Nebraska-Lincoln – Rachel Theriot

Lehigh University – Elizabeth Sharlow

University of Nevada – Julia Shelbourn

Liberty University – Ashley Rininger

University of New Mexico – Bryce Owens

Marshall University – McKenzie Akers

University of North Carolina - Asheville – Paige Love

Mississippi State University – Chinwe Okorie

University of North Carolina at Greensboro – India Timpton

Missouri State University – Kenzie Williams

University of Northern Iowa – Stephanie Davison

Monmouth University – Sarah Olson

University of Oregon – Jillian Alleyne

North Carolina State University – Ashley Eli

University of South Carolina – Khadijah Sessions

Northwestern University – Maggie Lyon

University of Tennessee – Andraya Carter

Oakland University – Elena Popkey

University of Tennessee at Martin – Katie Schubert

The Ohio State University – Cait Craft

University of Toledo – Michaela Rasmussen

Old Dominion University – Jennie Simms

University of Utah – Danielle Rodriguez

Presbyterian College – Janie Miles

University of Virginia – Faith Randolph

Purdue University – Hayden Hamby

University of Wisconsin-Madison – Nicole Bauman

Rice University – Alyssa Lang

Valparaiso University – Georgi Donchetz

Seattle University – Wilma Afunugo

Vanderbilt University – Kendall Shaw

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville – Gwen Adams

Wake Forest University – Keri Fulp

St. John's University – Sandra Udobi 

NCAA Divisions II, III and the NAIA

Ashland University – Andi Daugherty

Palm Beach Atlantic University – Taylor Buchanan

Bethel University (Minn.) – Rachel Parupsky

Pittsburg State University – Kylie Gafford   

Covenant College – Rachel Price

Queens University of Charlotte – Victoria Robinson

Dakota Wesleyan University – Chesney Nagel   

Rockhurst University – Lauren Meyers

Dominican University of California – Jessy Marshall

St. Ambrose University – Deanna Busse

Drew University – Courtney Trzasko

SUNY Old Westbury – Raven Pentz

Eastern Mennonite University – Jess Rheinheimer

Tarleton State University – Raven McGrath

Felician University – Eliana Scanlon 

University of Central Oklahoma – Jordan Ward 

Gannon University – Brianna Brennan       

University of Nebraska at Kearney – Laramey Becker    

Grove City College – Kathryn Erbelding

Union College – Lydia Nash

Lewis University – Jamie Johnson    

Union University – Kelsey Risner

Lindenwood University – Kassidy Gengenbacher

Wayne State University – Kristen Long

Loras College – Kaitlin Phillips

Westmont College – Karlie Storkson

Loyola University – Shayne Charles 

Wheaton College (Mass.) – Rebecca Arnone        

Nova Southeastern University – Alexis Murphy       

Whitworth University – KC McConnell

Ohio Dominican University – Rachael Torey 

Wingate University – Janna Johnson

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 the 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."

About the NCAA
The NCAA is a membership-led nonprofit association of colleges and universities committed to supporting academic and athletic opportunities for more than 460,000 student-athletes at more than 1,000 member colleges and universities. Each year, more than 54,000 student-athletes compete in NCAA championships in Divisions I, II and III sports. Visit and for more details about the Association, its goals and members and corporate partnerships that help support programs for student-athletes.

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