Four Mountain West Student-Athletes Nominated For 2015 Allstate NABC And WBCA Good Works Teams
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Four Mountain West student-athletes have been named as nominees for the 2015 Allstate NABC and WBCA Good Works Teams, as announced on Wednesday by the Allstate Insurance Company, the National Association of Basketball Coaches and Women’s Basketball Coaches Association.
Fresno State’s Alex Davis and Utah State’s Sean Harris are among 158 candidates for the men’s NABC award, while Nevada’s Julia Shelbourn and New Mexico’s Antiesha Brown join 91 other nominees for the women’s WBCA honor.
This prestigious community service award recognizes a distinguished group of student-athletes who have demonstrated a commitment to enriching the lives of others and contributing to the greater good in their communities.
College sports information directors and basketball coaches across the country nominated players who exhibit exceptional leadership skills and an unwavering commitment to volunteerism. From the list of nominees, distinguished 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. The final roster of 20 award recipients will be unveiled in February.
Harris is a fifth-year senior forward for the Aggies and has appeared in every game for Utah State this season. He is currently averaging 2.0 points and 1.5 rebounds per game while shooting 54.5 percent (6-of-11) from the floor and averaging 13.5 minutes per game. Harris has given back to the Logan community through basketball camps, campus tours and various other service opportunities. His service also stretched beyond international borders during a two-year LDS Church Mission in Honduras.
Davis, a senior forward for the Bulldogs, has been one of the team leaders during community service activities at Children's Hospital Central California, the local Boy's and Girl's Club and directly with youth throughout the San Joaquin Valley. On the court, he’s currently averaging 2.0 points and 3.2 rebounds per game.
A junior guard averaging 1.3 points and 1.3 rebounds per game with the Wolf Pack, Shelbourn actively participates and engages in community service efforts. As the current Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) president at Nevada, Shelbourn has set a goal for the Nevada SAAC to win this year’s Mountain West Community Service Challenge. She also recently participated in a conference call with MW Athletic Directors as part of the league’s progressive approach towards including student-athletes in all aspects of the Conference’s governance structure.
Brown, a senior guard and team captain for the Lobos in 2014-15, leads the team in scoring at 13.5 points per game and is also averaging 4.3 rebounds. In the community, Brown has volunteered her time visiting the UNM Children’s Hospital. She has also worked with the Notah Begay Foundation that fights to reduce child obesity and Type 2 diabetes and improve the health of Native American Children, participated in the Rio Grande Down Syndrome Network Buddy Walk, contributed time for the Special Olympics of New Mexico, participated in the Relay for Life event for the American Cancer Society and taken part in the Lobo Fever Adoption Event, in which adoption-available children interact with approved adoptive families.