Senior guard Chalyse Taylor (pictured)
Dec. 2, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS – Today (Dec. 2), the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC), Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) and Allstate Insurance Company announced their nominees for the 2016 Allstate NABC and WBCA Good Works Teams® and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) Men’s & Women’s Basketball teams saw graduate student Derrico Peck (Atlanta) and senior guard Chalyse Taylor (Louisville, Ky.) on the list of candidates.

This distinguished award shines a spotlight on a select group of student-athletes who have shown dedication to community service and unselfishness in their communities. The 257 total nominees, 154 NABC and 103 WBCA, was an all-time high and were submitted by sports information directors and college basketball coaches across the country.

“The community service efforts from the nominees on the 2016 Allstate NABC and WBCA Good Works Teams® are an inspiration to Allstate, our agents and our employees,” said Thomas Clarkson, president of the west territory for Allstate Insurance Company and a member of the 2016 NABC and WBCA Good Works Teams® selection panels. “Allstate is honored to embark on another year of collaboration with the NABC and WBCA, and together recognize student-athletes for their unwavering commitment to making a difference.”

Before his arrival to Princess Anne, Peck has inspired young kids in pursuing their goals with his work hard on and off the court. The Georgia native assisted children at an alternative school while providing counseling, in which helped him choose his undergraduate major, counseling education. Other notable community activities included raising money for Breast Cancer Awareness, participating in Relay for Life, and spending a day in the town’s Street Sweep. This season, Peck has appeared in all six contests with one start.

Taylor has built a positive reputation with her classmates, the faculty/staff, and the student body. The Kentucky product has excelled in the classroom with a 3.9 grade-point-average (GPA) and made the Dean’s List every semester since her arrival. Taylor has been active off the court while participating in numerous community services, including Stop the Violence–Start the Garden project, Strike Out Hunger campaign, and Habitat for Humanities. This season, Taylor has played in all five games for the Maroon & Grey.

From the nominations, special voting panels, headlined by former Duke basketball student-athlete, two-time NCAA® champion and seven-time NBA All-Star Grant Hill, and former Tennessee basketball student-athlete, NCAA champion and WNBA legend Tamika Catchings. The committee will select two 10-member teams comprised of five student-athletes from the NCAA Division I level and five student-athletes from Divisions II, III and the NAIA.

Other notable members on the selection panel include: former college basketball student-athletes Clark Kellogg (Ohio State/CBS Sports), and Alana Beard (Duke); media members Seth Davis (Sports Illustrated/CBS), Dana O’Neil (ESPN), Carolyn Peck (ESPN) and LaChina Robinson (ESPN/FOX); former head coaches Bobby Cremins (Georgia Tech/College of Charleston), Seth Greenberg (Virginia Tech), Marsha Sharp (Texas Tech) and Nell Fortner (Auburn); and current college basketball coach Coquese Washington (Penn State).

The final roster of 20 award recipients will be unveiled in February. Members of the Allstate NABC Good Works Team® will be invited by Allstate, an official corporate partner of the NCAA, to the 2016 NABC Convention and 2016 NCAA Men’s Final Four® in Houston, where they will participate in a community service project benefitting the city. Members of the Allstate WBCA Good Works Team® will be recognized during the 2016 WBCA Convention and at the 2016 NCAA Women’s Final Four® in Indianapolis, and will also participate in a local volunteer project. Allstate is an official corporate partner of the NABC, WBCA and NCAA.

Tonight, Taylor and the Lady Hawks face in-state rival Mount St. Mary’s inside the William P. Hytche Athletic Center. Tipoff set for 6 p.m.

This Saturday (Dec. 5), both squads travel to Durham, N.C. where they will face North Carolina Central in their conference opener. The ladies begin at 2 p.m., followed by the men approximately 30 minutes afterward.

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