INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. –College of Charleston redshirt senior forward Willis Hall (Charlotte, N.C.) has been selected as an NCAA Division I men’s basketball nominee for the 2014 Allstate NABC and WBCA Good Works Teams® as announced by The National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC), the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) and Allstate Insurance Company.
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.
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.
NCAA® Division I Men’s Basketball Nominees
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 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.