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Pugh Named to Allstate/NABC Good Works Team

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Pittsburg State senior men's basketball player Sam Pugh has been named to the 2015 NABC Allstate Good Works Team, the National Association of Basketball Coaches announced Tuesday (Feb. 10). Pugh was selected for the prestigious award from 158 nominees from around the country in Division I, II, III and NAIA.


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. Student-athletes must be a sophomore junior or senior in good academic standing and actively involved in and committed to working with charitable organizations or service groups on or off campus.

Pugh serves as the vice president for PSU's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and has been actively involved in all of SAAC's activities since coming to Pittsburg. He regularly visits schools with the Mathletes program to help area third graders work on their math skills using athletics and physical activity. He has been an important part of SAAC's Make-A-Wish fundraising this season, appearing in the video to help solicit donations to enable the Gorillas to host a Wish Granting ceremony in Pittsburg. He also has taken part in the Beeper Ball Classic, a baseball game in Joplin against rival Missouri Southern with local visually impaired athletes. In the spring Pugh and other Gorillas spent a day in Baxter Springs, Kan. cleaning up after the tornado. Along with the rest of the men's basketball team, Sam has helped with the team's annual Big Brothers/Big Sisters Basketball clinic.

In addition to all his activities while in Pittsburg, Pugh is also active while at home in Branson, Mo. He regularly helps with the Loaves and Fishes ministry to feed hungry and/or homeless people in the Branson area.

As part of the Allstate Good Works Team, Pugh has been invited the the 2015 NABC Convention and NCAA Men's Final Four in Indianapolis. He will attend both semifinal games, as well as the 2015 National Championship game and will be honored along with the other nine members of the team at one of those games. He will also get to spend a day working alongside Grant HIll in a community project benefitting Indianapolis.

Distinguished voting panels comprised of former coaches, college basketball legends and media members narrowed down the outstanding submissions to the final two teams. Leading the voting panels for their respective teams were former Duke University student-athlete, two-time NCAA champion and seven-time NBA All-Star Grant Hill and WNBA basketball star and University of Tennessee legend Tamika Catchings.

"Community service and giving back are an integral part of Allstate's core values, and recognizing the NABC and WBCA Good Works Team for their commitment in this area is one of the efforts we are most proud of," said Pam Hollander, vice president of marketing for Allstate Insurance Company and a member of the 2015 NABC and WBCA Good Works Teams selection panels. "In our third year partnering with the NABC and WBCA, we could not be more honored to have a role in recognizing truly deserving young athletes who encourage all of us to make a positive impact on those around us."

The Allstate NABC and WBCA Good Works Teams have made it their mission to protect the integrity of the sport by highlighting the "good works'" that occur after the final buzzer. In addition to being college athletes and full-time students, these 20 young men and women have dedicated their invaluable free time to making a difference in the world around them. They each boast a long list of remarkable accolades that serve to inspire fans and communities across the nation.

"The NABC is proud to partner with Allstate as we celebrate the remarkable accomplishments of the men and women selected for the 2015 Good Works Teams," said Jim Haney, executive director of the NABC. "This group represents the best of the best of more than 250 student-athletes nominated this year. Each has made significant contributions to improve the quality of life in our world today."

The following players have been named to the 2015 Allstate NABC Good Works Team:

NCAA Division I

Name

Cl.

Pos.

School

Hometown

Kevin Alter

Sr.

Guard

U.S. Naval Academy

Rumson, N.J.

Malcolm Brogdon

Jr.

Guard

University of Virginia

Atlanta, Ga.

Jordan Green

Sr.

Guard

Texas A&M University

Flower Mound,
Texas

Michael Obacha

Jr.

Forward

Appalachian State University

Edo State, Nigeria

Dominic Romeo

Graduate

Forward

Santa Clara University

Turlock, Calif.


NCAA Divisions II, III and the NAIA

Name

Cl.

Pos.

School

Hometown

Rob Anderson

Jr.

Guard

California Institute of Technology

Orono, Minn.

Karl Barkley

Sr.

Guard

Swarthmore College

Davidson, N.C.

Justin Kuhlman

Sr.

Guard

Belmont Abbey College

Ponte Vedra, Fla.

Sam Pugh

Sr.

Guard

Pittsburg State University

Branson, Mo.

Joel Redfoot

Sr.

Forward

Penn State Altoona

Hollidaysburg, Pa.

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