JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Dec. 1, 2016) – ETSU men’s basketball senior guard A.J. Merriweather (Jackson) has been named as one of 278 nominees nationwide for the 2017 Allstate NABC Good Works Team®.
Merriweather, who has spent the past four seasons endearing himself to Buccaneers fans with his relentless effort and athleticism, has enjoyed a career highlighted by not only impressive play on the floor, but also a desire to give back to his community and world. This award, which is sponsored by Allstate Insurance Company and supported by the National Association of Basketball Coaches and the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association, honors an outstanding group of student-athletes who represent the sports finest in the areas of community service and leadership among their peers.
“A.J. represents everything that is great about college athletics,” said ETSU head coach Steve Forbes. “He’s an outstanding student, teammate, and a leader on our campus and in our community. A.J. is thankful for the wonderful opportunity he’s been afforded at ETSU and we are thankful for the opportunity to coach and mentor him.”
The Allstate NABC and WBCA Good Works Teams® recognize players at all levels of college basketball whose charitable involvement and altruistic acts stand out amongst all other student-athletes participating in the sport. From leading an initiative to help end the water crisis in Flint, Mich., to co-founding a non-profit with the mission to improve literacy rates across the country, the players nominated embody the true spirit of teamwork and giving back.
"The positive impact that student-athletes are making on college campuses and communities around the world can sometimes go unnoticed," 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. "Allstate is a proud supporter of NCAA® college basketball and takes immense pride in working with the NABC and WBCA to recognize players who continue to make giving back a priority and inspire future generations of athletes."
Athletic departments and sports information directors across the country nominated the 181 NABC and the 97 WBCA student-athletes for the prestigious honor. Two special voting panels, headlined by former Duke University basketball athlete, two-time NCAA® champion and seven-time NBA All-Star Grant Hill, and former Notre Dame basketball star, two-time Nancy Lieberman Award winner and current WNBA player Skylar Diggins, will select 10-member teams from both the NABC and WBCA, comprised of five student-athletes from the NCAA Division I level and five student-athletes from Divisions II, III and the NAIA. The final roster of 20 award recipients will be unveiled in February.