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Wednesday, December 2, 2015

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
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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 benefitting 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 Walker III
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.

About Allstate®
The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL) is the nation’s largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life’s uncertainties through auto, home, life and other insurance offered through its Allstate, Esurance, Encompass and Answer Financial brand names. Allstate is widely known through the slogan “You’re In Good Hands With Allstate®.” The Allstate brand’s network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In the 20 years since Allstate became a fully independent public company, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners have donated more than $405 million to support local communities.

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Rick Leddy, NABC
Jack Watford, WBCA
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Jessie Mann, Taylor
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Laura Strykowski, Allstate Media

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