Feb. 11, 2014
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- University of Michigan men's basketball graduate student Jordan Morgan (Detroit, Mich./University of Detroit Jesuit) is one of 10 men's college basketball student-athletes named the Allstate NABC Good Works Team, as announced by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC), today (Tuesday, Feb. 11).
In its second year, this preeminent community service honor recognizes college basketball players who have made a commitment to improving their communities and the lives of others. A total of 117 nominations were submitted and then voted on by a panel comprised of former coaches, student-athletes and media members, including former Duke University student-athlete, two-time NCAA champion and seven-time NBA All-Star Grant Hill. The team is comprised of 10 student-athletes; five from the NCAA Division I and five from NCAA Divisions II, III and the NAIA.
In addition to Morgan's contributions to the Michigan basketball program over the past four-plus years, he has also shown the ability to excel in the classroom while giving back to others.
Morgan has worked with Mott's "From the Heart" Program, spoke for Wines Elementary Run-a-thon on the importance of fitness, visited Joshua's Lemonade stand in Detroit, worked clinics for high school boys, high school girls and coaches in Ivory Coast, visited an orphanage in Ivory Coast, spoke at Brighton Community Bible Church youth group on faith, spoke at Huron Hills Church on faith in sports and life, currently works with Groundcover newspaper and helps with Meals on Wheels delivering lunches to the community.
The 2013-14 Wolverine tri-captain has helped lead the Maize and Blue to a 17-6 overall start this season, including a 9-2 mark in Big Ten play, while averaging 4.9 points and 4.0 rebounds per game. As one of just two upperclassmen on U-M's squad, his experience and leadership have been critical to the Wolverines' return to national prominence over the past five years.
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He's helped Michigan reach the NCAA Tournament in three out of his four seasons, including a memorable run to the national title game in 2013. Other career highlights include helping U-M win a share of the Big Ten title in 2012, as well as being selected to the Big Ten All-Defensive Team by the coaches in 2013.
Morgan earned his bachelor's degree in industrial and operations engineering from U-M's College of Engineering in April 2012, and is currently pursuing a master's degree in manufacturing engineering. During his undergraduate schooling, he was honored with the Center for Engineering Diversity and Outreach, the U-M Scholar POWER Stellar Multicultural Performance Award (Jan. 2013) and Rising Student Achievement Award (Jan. 2013). He was also on the Dean's Honor List for Academic Distinction (Dec. 2012).
The Detroit, Mich., native has aspirations of starting a non-profit organization in the city of Detroit to mentor young children and teenagers upon graduation from U-M.
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 North Texas, where they will participate in a community service project.
2014 Allstate NABC Good Works Team
NCAA Division I
Danny Berger, Utah State
Aaron Craft, Ohio State
Joe Harris, Virginia
Dau Jok, Pennsylvania
Jordan Morgan, Michigan
NCAA Divisions II, III and the NAIA
Peter Kazickas, Hamilton
Grant Neil, Hope
Aaron Patrick, Mount Aloysius
Tanner Sutton, Columbia (Mo.)
Nick LaGuerre, St. Mary's of Maryland
Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423