Cassie Harberts Selected As Nominee to Good Works Team
Dec. 5, 2013
USC senior forward Cassie Harberts has already been named among collegiate basketball's elite, but the forward has more than just basketball skills that set her apart. A Naismith Watch List member and Wooden Award Preseason Top 30 honoree, Harberts was recently named a nominee for the 2014 Allstate WBCA and NABC Good Works Team.
Harberts is majoring in human performance and minoring in nutrition and health promotion. She is a two-time Pac-12 All-Academic Honorable Mention recipient and holds a 3.23 GPA. Last season, Harberts was a candidate for CoSIDA Academic All-American honors. A three-time team captain, Harberts has shown a knack for leadership on and off the court throughout her career. A caring and devoted teammate, she is constantly encouraging her team during games and practices. She has not missed a game throughout her career, starting every single one of USC's games since she arrived as a freshman, and often plays the most minutes in a game. Willing to put the team on her back when necessary, she still remains wholly humble and supportive of her teammates and coaches. Even during her busy summer of training and travel with the United States World University Games Team, Cassie continued to work as an intern at the Champions Quest youth training center. The summer prior, Cassie also shared time between her own training and work as a summer camp leader for a sports academy in Irvine.
One of Cassie's goals after graduation is to travel to Africa and serve as a volunteer or missionary either at a hospital or orphanage. She's already been active in numerous local charity organizations, and is a regular participant in the Swim With Mike program, which is a scholarship fund for physically challenged athletes. With Swim With Mike, she has helped create activities that encourage children to express themselves artistically. Cassie also is involved with work at the Children's Hospital of Los Angeles, providing support in the rehabilitation center for children undergoing medical treatment, and engaging children in stress-relieving activities during their treatment. She and her family are also big supporters of Ronald McDonald House, where they spent a lot of time when Cassie was young while her older brother was undergoing treatment for cancer. They also remain involved with Orange County Foundation for Oncology, Children and Families.
Harberts is the centerpiece of the USC team and has established herself as one of USC's top players all-time. She entered her senior season ranked No. 16 all-time in scoring with 1,293 career points, having scored her 1,000th point during her junior season. As a freshman, she tallied a 31-point game, which was the most points scored by a Trojan freshman since 1981. Last season, the 2013 All-Pac-12 selection led the Trojans in almost every major statistical category and ranked third in the Pac-12 in scoring (18.0 ppg) and sixth in rebounding (8.2 rpg). During her USC career to date she has earned 2011 Pac-10 All-Tournament Team and 2011 Pac-10 All-Freshman Team honors, 2012 All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention, and 2013 All-Pac-12 Team and Pac-12 Player of the Week awards to go along with her consistent academic accolades. She has recorded 17 double-doubles in her career, and in her junior season she became USC's all-time record holder for free throws made (207) and attempted (298) in a single season. This past summer, Harberts won a gold medal as a member of the United States' World University Games team.
National Association of Basketball Coaches, Women's Basketball Coaches Association, Allstate Announce 201 Nominees for Good Works Teams®
INDIANAPOLIS - Dec. 3, 2013 - The National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC), the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) and Allstate Insurance Company today announced the 201 nominees for the 2014 Allstate NABC and WBCA Good Works Teams®. The award recognizes a select group of college basketball student-athletes who have made significant contributions to the greater good of their communities through volunteerism and civic service.
In its second year, the Allstate NABC and WBCA Good Works Teams® honor players at all levels of college basketball who represent the sport's finest in the areas of leadership and charitable achievements amongst their peers. The student-athletes nominated for this prestigious award embody the true spirit of teamwork and giving back.
"Allstate is proud to recognize these two outstanding groups of men and women whose commitment to service and volunteerism demonstrate that `good works' extend beyond the basketball court," said Pam Hollander, senior director of marketing for Allstate Insurance Company and a member of the 2014 NABC and WBCA Good Works Teams® selection panels. "Each of the nominees serves as a role model and inspiration to future generations seeking ways to give back, and another reason to celebrate the good happening in our communities."
While jump shots and rebounds earn recognition on the hardwood, the Allstate NABC and WBCA Good Works Teams® help tell the stories of good taking place off the court that often go unnoticed. It is those players who demonstrate the exceptional ability to balance academics with athletics while donating their limited free time to serving others who have been nominated by their respective colleges and universities for this prestigious honor.
The 2014 nominees uphold impressive service resumes detailing unique and inspiring stories of servitude. From volunteering with sick and underprivileged children to lobbying state legislature for new laws that could help save lives, this exceptional group of young men and women demonstrate the positive impact student-athletes can have on and off the court.
From the 117 NABC nominees and 84 WBCA nominees submitted by sports information directors across the nation on behalf of their schools, special 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. Former Duke University student-athlete, two-time NCAA champion and seven-time NBA All-Star Grant Hill will headline the Allstate NABC Good Works Team® voting panel, while WNBA basketball star Tamika Catchings, who played at the University of Tennessee, will serve on the Allstate WBCA Good Works Team® panel. The final roster of 20 award recipients will be unveiled in February.
"The WBCA is honored to partner with Allstate in selecting the Allstate WBCA Good Works Team® for the second year," said Beth Bass chief executive officer of the WBCA. "Each of the 84 young women who have been nominated by their respective head coaches for this prestigious honor have set examples that we all should follow. The selection committee will have a difficult time in selecting the 10-member team from this outstanding group of nominees."
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 Dallas, where they will participate in a community project in the city. Members of 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. Allstate is an official corporate partner of the NABC, WBCA and NCAA.
"The partnership of the NABC and Allstate provides an outstanding opportunity to recognize 117 men's college basketball players who have been nominated for the 2014 Allstate NABC Good Works Team®," said NABC Executive Director Jim Haney. "The contributions they have made locally, nationally and globally are uplifting and demonstrate their great compassion, spirit and determination."
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).
Since 2008, Allstate has partnered with the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) as sponsor of the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®, which shines a spotlight on the positive, off-the-field impact college football student-athletes have on their communities. Through an arrangement with the AFCA, NABC and WBCA, Allstate is able to expand the Good Works Team® to also recognize college basketball student-athletes at all levels who donate their time and effort to make a difference off the court.
More information about the Allstate NABC Good Works Team® and the Allstate WBCA Good Works Team® is available atwww.nabc.org and www.wbca.org.
The following NCAA® Division I players have been nominated for consideration to be named to the 2014 Allstate WBCA Good Works Team®:
College of The Holy Cross - Alex Smith; East Carolina University - Ariana Jackson; Florida Gulf Coast University - Sarah Hansen; Florida State University - Natasha Howard; Fordham University - Abigail Corning; Furman University - Brigid Morrissey; Georgia Institute of Technology - Shayla Bivins; Harvard University - Kaitlyn Dinkins; Iowa State University - Hallie Christofferson; Kansas State University - Chantay Caron; Louisiana State University - Theresa Plaisance; McNeese State University - NeTanya Jones; Middle Tennessee State University - Janiece Johnson; Montana State University-Bozeman - Jackie Elliott; Norfolk State University - Jazamine Gray; North Carolina A&T State University - Tracy King; Northwestern University - Meghan McKeown; Purdue University - Courtney Moses; Rice University - Nakachi Maduka; Seattle University - Kacie Sowell; Southern Illinois University at Carbondale - Jordyn Courier; Stanford University - Chiney Ogwumike; Stephen F. Austin State University - Daylyn Harris; Texas A&M University - Karla Gilbert; University of Akron - Rachel Tecca; University of Alabama - Nikki Hegstetter; University of California-Berkeley - Avigiel Cohen; University of Delaware - Kelsey Buchanan; University of Denver - Theresa Wirth; University of Hartford - Alyssa Englert; University of Hawaii - Kamilah Jackson; University of Illinois - Sarah Hartwell; University of Iowa - Kathryn Reynolds; University of Kentucky - Kastine Evans; University of Louisville - Jude Schimmel; University of Maine - Elizabeth Wood; University of Massachusetts - Jasmine Harris; University of Miami - Maria Brown; University of Missouri-Kansas City - Eilise O'Connor; University of New Hampshire - Kelsey Hogan; University of New Mexico - Sara Halasz; University of North Dakota - Allyssa Wall; University of South Carolina - Elem Ibiam; University of Southern California - Cassie Harberts; University of Southern Mississippi - Niesha Pierce; University of Tennessee at Martin - Heather Butler; University of Virginia - Lexie Gerson; University of Wisconsin - Morgan Paige; West Virginia University - Jessica Harlee; Western Kentucky University - Chaney Means; Winthrop University - Taylor Calvert; Youngstown State University - Heidi Schlegel.