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Columbia (Mo.) Student-Athlete Honored

February 11, 2014

By: Cindy Potter, Columbia (Mo.) Associate Director of Athletics
Adapted from: NABC Release

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC), the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) and Allstate Insurance Company today announced the 20 men's and women's college basketball student-athletes named to the 2014 Allstate NABC and WBCA Good Works Teams®. In its second year, this preeminent community service honor recognizes college basketball players who have made a commitment to improving their communities and the lives of others.

Columbia's own Tanner Sutton has been selected to this year's team. "This is an amazing honor for Tanner," said Columbia Head Coach Bob Burchard. "This is a very select group of individuals that spans all divisions of college basketball. Tanner's "good works" as a student-athlete at Columbia College represent everything that is positive about the intercollegiate athletic experience."

The Allstate NABC and WBCA Good Works Teams® are each comprised of 10 student-athletes; five from the NCAA® Division I and five from NCAA Divisions II, III and the NAIA. A total of 117 NABC nominees and 84 WBCA nominees were submitted by sports information directors across the nation on behalf of their colleges and universities. The final team rosters were chosen by prestigious voting panels comprised of former coaches, student-athletes and media members.

Former Duke University student-athlete, two-time NCAA champion and seven-time NBA All-Star Grant Hill headlines the Allstate NABC Good Works Team® voting panel. WNBA basketball star Tamika Catchings, who played at the University of Tennessee, serves on the Allstate WBCA Good Works Team® panel.

While more often than not it's a player's performance on the court that is recognized, the Allstate NABC and WBCA Good Works Teams® shine a light on the positive impact these student-athletes have off the court and in their communities. The 20 young men and women named to this year's team demonstrate the unique ability to balance academics with athletics while committing themselves to giving back to others. Among the impressive list of accolades this year's teams boast include lobbying state legislature for new laws that could help save lives, donating tuition money to students in third world countries and dedicating countless hours to mentoring underprivileged children.

Sutton, a junior guard from Harrisonville, Mo., has played in all 94 games the Cougars have played since he was a freshman. He was a starter on last year's team that went 35-1, was ranked #1 in the country for most of the season, and won 35 consecutive games before losing in the Elite Eight of the NAIA National Championships. Since his arrival here Columbia has amassed a total of 84 wins. Sutton has posted 630 points, 167 rebounds, 150 assists and 68 steals to date. In addition to his contributions on the court, he has been stellar in the classroom. Throughout his first five semesters here at Columbia College he has achieved a perfect 4.0 grade point average.

Off campus he has volunteered at the Boys and Girls Club of Columbia in their 'Fall Family Festival.' The past few summers he has spent time working at Camp Barnabas in Purdy, Mo., a nationally renowned Christian camp for kids and teens, ages 7 to 17, with life-threatening illnesses and disabilities. He has participated as a volunteer counselor and this past summer worked his way up to a member of the Cabin Staff. Tanner, along with two other Columbia College students, has worked diligently to bring a chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes to the campus. Prior to their efforts, anyone wishing to participate in the FCA would have had to travel across town to the University of Missouri. While those dedicated to that endeavor would have easily traveled, having a chapter here on campus has impacted the athletic department immensely.

"Tanner excels in the classroom, on the court, and is committed to serving others," says Burchard. "It is awesome that All-State is willing to pay tribute to these deserving students who demonstrate the commitment to the core values of integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship and servant leadership. The Columbia College community is proud of Tanner and how he represents our men's basketball program, the athletic department, and our institution."

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 North Texas, where they will participate in a community service project. 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 benefitting the city. Allstate is also an official corporate partner of the NABC and WBCA.

"The 10 young men selected to the 2014 NABC Good Works Team® amplify the significant contributions of all of the men's basketball student-athletes across America," said NABC Executive Director Jim Haney. "We are proud to partner with Allstate to celebrate them as outstanding role models and for the positive impact they have made in their communities, the nation and the world."

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).

The following players have been named to the 2014 Allstate NABC Good Works Team®:

NCAA Division I        
Name Year Pos. School Hometown
Danny Berger Junior Forward Utah State Medford, Ore.
Aaron Craft Senior Guard Ohio State Findlay, Ohio
Joe Harris Senior Guard Virginia Chelan, Wash.
Dau Jok Senior Guard Pennsylvania Des Moines, Iowa
Jordan Morgan Graduate Forward Michigan Detroit, Mich.
NCAA Divisions II, III & NAIA
Name Year Pos. School Hometown
Peter Kazickas Junior Forward Hamilton Amagansett, N.Y.
Grant Neil Senior Forward Hope Holland, Mich.
Aaron Patrick Senior Guard Mount Aloysius Johnsonburg, Pa.
Tanner Sutton Junior Guard Columbia (Mo.) Harrisonville, Mo.
Nick LaGuerre Junior Guard St. Mary's of Maryland Baltimore, Md.

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.