INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.- The National Association of Basketball Coaches and Allstate Insurance Company announced their 2014 Allstate NABC Good Works Team nominations and University of Maryland Eastern Shore junior forward Ishaq Pitt (Brooklyn, N.Y.) was among those in consideration, it was announced Tuesday.
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 sports finest in the areas of leadership and charitable achievements amongst their peers.
The student-athletes nominated for this award embody the true spirit of teamwork and giving back. 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. Pitt has excelled with the books and in the community in his three years at UMES. Last season, he was named to the 2012-13 NABC Honors Court and the MEAC Commissioners All-Academic Team. He is a mens basketball representative for the Students Athletics Advisory Committee and the Student Government Association. The Brooklyn, N.Y., native has given a lot of his time to volunteering at UMES Cares Day Angel and at the Seton Center for the mens basketball food drive initiative. He has also worked at Angel Tree, UMES Street Sweep and been a part of Community Service Day. The junior does not stop there as he is an integral part of the mens basketball team. In his three years as a Hawk, Pitt has averaged 6.2 points-per-game and 3.7 rebounds-per-game. The 63 forward has played in 60 games to date and has registered 44 steals, including a career-high three at Wyoming in 2011. This season he is fourth on the team in rebounds and is averaging 4.8 ppg. Pitt scored a career-high 19 points at Navy as a freshman.
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. More information about the Allstate NABC Good Works Team® and the Allstate WBCA Good Works Team® is available at www.nabc.org and www.wbca.org.