National Association of Basketball Coaches, Women’s Basketball Coaches Association, Allstate Name 20 College Basketball Players to 2017 Good Works Teams

PR Newswire — February 7, 2017

INDIANAPOLIS, Feb. 7, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Allstate Insurance Company, the
National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) and the Women’s Basketball
Coaches Association (WBCA) announced today the 20 student-athletes who have been
named to the 2017 Allstate NABC and WBCA Good Works Teams®. While exceptional
student-athletes are often rewarded for their competitive achievements, this
award shines a light on 20 young men and women for the things they accomplish
off the court. From contributing to those affected by the Flint water crisis to
visiting Nigeria to educate girls about how to succeed on and off the basketball
court, this year’s teams made a positive, lasting impact.

The Allstate NABC and WBCA Good Works Teams® are each comprised of 10
student-athletes – five from NCAA® Division I, and five from NCAA Divisions II,
III and the NAIA. This year, sports information directors and coaches at
colleges and universities across the country submitted a record 278 nominations,
and in December 2016, 181 nominees from the NABC and 97 nominees from the WBCA
were announced.

The nominees were narrowed down to the final 20 players by voting panels led by
former Duke University guard, two-time NCAA champion and seven-time NBA All-Star
Grant Hill and former Notre Dame star, three-time NCAA All-American and two-time
WNBA All-Star Skylar Diggins of the Dallas Wings. Both Hill and Diggins are
making positive contributions that extend far beyond the basketball court,
dedicating their time to various philanthropic initiatives, including teaching
youth the importance of nutrition and physical activity. Each panel is comprised
of a select group of former and current college basketball coaches and players
as well as various members of the media.

“Allstate is thrilled to be joining the NABC and WBCA for a fifth consecutive
year to highlight the remarkable displays of character demonstrated by
student-athletes around the country,” said Thomas Clarkson, president of the
west territory for Allstate Insurance Company and a member of the 2017 NABC and
WBCA Good Works Teams® selection panels. “We are proud to be a part of a program
that places such high value on altruism and community service, both of which are
intrinsic to Allstate’s mission.”

In addition to dedicating countless hours to their studies and athletics, the
members of this year’s team have spent their limited free time bettering
communities all over the world and demonstrating a strong commitment to
improving the lives of others.

“The WBCA is proud of the 10 young women and 10 young men selected to this
year’s Allstate Good Works Teams from the 278 student-athletes who were
nominated for the honor,” said WBCA Executive Director Danielle M. Donehew. “We
are inspired by their commitment and dedication to serving others. And we are
most grateful to Allstate for sponsoring this wonderful program through which we
all can recognize our young leaders and celebrate their lasting contributions of
love, kindness, and hope.”

Since 2013, members of the Allstate NABC and WBCA Good Works Teams® have given
back to the host cities of the NCAA® Final Fours® through a community service
initiative and monetary donation. This year, members of the Allstate NABC Good
Works Team®will be invited by Allstate to be recognized at the 2017 NABC
Convention and 2017 NCAA Men’s Final Four®and will participate in a community
service project to benefit Phoenix. Additionally, the members of the Allstate
WBCA Good Works Team®will be recognized during the 2017 WBCA Convention and at
the 2017 NCAA Women’s Final Four® in Dallas, and will also participate in a
local community project. Allstate is an official corporate partner of the NABC,

“For five years, the Allstate Good Works Team program has showcased men’s and
women’s basketball collegiate athletes for their extraordinary benevolent
actions performed away from the court,” said Jim Haney, NABC executive director.
“We applaud the group of 20 selected for this year’s teams whose humanitarian
efforts have helped raise the human spirit locally, nationally and globally.”

The following student-athletes have been named to the 2017 Allstate NABC Good
Works Team®:

NCAA Division I

Name Cl. Pos. School Hometown
—- — —- —— ——–

Cook Sr. Forward Princeton University Winnetka, Ill.

Jr. Sr. Guard DePaul University Chicago, Ill.

Morris Sr. Guard Iowa State University Flint, Mich.

Rowland Sr. Forward Georgia Institute of Technology Cleveland, Ga.

Sabri Sr. Guard Northwestern State University of
Thompson Louisiana Newark, Del.

NCAA Divisions II, III and the NAIA

Name Cl. Pos. School Hometown
—- — —- —— ——–

Allen So. Forward North Greenville University Clover, S.C.

Deemer Jr. Center Graceland University Lamoni, Iowa

Evan Sr. Forward University of Pittsburgh at
Greening Bradford Fredericksburg, Va.

Griffin Sr. Center Wingate University Concord, N.C.

Weidlich Sr. Guard Susquehanna University Watchung, N.J.

The following student-athletes have been named to the 2017 Allstate WBCA Good
Works Team®:

NCAA Division I

Name Cl. Pos. School Hometown
—- — —- —— ——–

Atkism Jr. Post Clemson University Monroe, Ga.

Davison Sr. Guard University of Northern Iowa Maple Grove, Minn.

Hall So. Guard Utah Valley University Tualatin, Ore.

Rasmussen Jr. Forward University of Toledo Chaska, Minn.

Udobi Gr. Forward St. John’s University Delta State, Nigeria

NCAA Divisions II, III & the NAIA

Name Cl. Pos. School Hometown
—- — —- —— ——–

Holly Sr. Forward Milwaukee School of
Denfeld Engineering Edgar, Wis.

Joly Jr. Forward St. Edward’s University Fremont, Calif.

Ringdahl So. Forward Ave Maria University Gainesville, Fla.

Smith Sr. Guard Kalamazoo College Portage, Mich.

Raquel Sr. Guard Metropolitan State University
Torres of Denver Vallejo, Calif.

In addition to Hill, Diggins and Clarkson, the 2017 Allstate NABC and WBCA Good
Works Teams® selection panel members include: former college basketball
student-athletes Clark Kellogg (Ohio State University / CBS Sports), Len Elmore
(University of Maryland /FOX Sports / ESPN) and Alana Beard (Duke University);
media members Seth Davis (Sports Illustrated / CBS Sports), Dana O’Neil (ESPN),
LaChina Robinson (ESPN / FOX) and Brenda VanLengen (ESPN / FOX Sports); former
head coaches Bobby Cremins (Georgia Tech / College of Charleston), Seth
Greenberg (Virginia Tech), Marsha Sharp (Texas Tech University) and Nell Fortner
(Auburn University); and current coach Coquese Washington (Penn State

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

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 is the professional
association for coaches of women’s and girls’ basketball at all levels of
competition. The WBCA offers educational resources that coaches need to help
make themselves better leaders, teachers and mentors to their players; provides
opportunities for coaches to connect with peers in the profession; serves as the
unifying voice of a diverse community of coaches to the organizations that
control the game; and celebrates those coaches, players and other individuals
who excel each year and contribute to the advancement of the sport. Visit for more details about the Association.

About the NCAA
The NCAA is a diverse association of more than 1,100 member colleges and
universities that prioritize academics, well-being and fairness to create
greater opportunities for nearly half a million student-athletes each year. The
NCAA provides a pathway to higher education and beyond for student-athletes
pursuing academic goals and competing in NCAA sports. More than 54,000
student-athletes experience the pinnacle of intercollegiate athletics by
competing in NCAA championships each year. Visit and for more
details about the Association and the corporate partnerships that support the
NCAA and its student-athletes. The NCAA is proud to have AT&T, Capital One and
Coca-Cola as official corporate champions and the following elite companies as
official corporate partners: Allstate, Amazon Echo, Bing (Microsoft), Buffalo
Wild Wings, Buick, Enterprise, Infiniti, LG, Lowe’s, Nabisco, Northwestern
Mutual, Pizza Hut, Reese’s, Unilever and Wendy’s.

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. Now
celebrating its 85th anniversary as an insurer, Allstate is widely known through
the slogan “You’re In Good Hands With Allstate®.” Allstate agencies are in
virtually every local community in America. In 2015, The Allstate Foundation,
Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $36 million to support local

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of their respective holders.

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