The Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) announced the 20 student-athletes named to the 2015 Allstate WBCA and NABC Good Works Teams®, including Georgia College's Shanteona Keys (Roswell, Georgia), earning the highest in her long list of collegiate accolades thus far.
Keys is the leading scorer for Bobcat women's hoops, ranking third in the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) this season. The former PBC Freshman of the Year, Keys is a three-time All-PBC honoree that is known nearly as much for her work off the court.
Owning an impressive 4.0 GPA as a senior in Georgia College's rigorous mass communication program, Keys is a two-time Academic All-American and has been named PBC All-Academic three times as well.
"As an administrator, as a coach, and as a teammate, Shanteona is a 'once in a career' student-athlete," said GC Director of Athletics Wendell Staton. "We want all of our student-athletes to be successful academically, socially and athletically, and she has set the standard at Georgia College. With her long list of accomplishments it would be easy to boast, but Shanteona is incredibly humble, smiles all the time, and may be the most popular person on campus. She personifies everything that I want our department and higher education to represent. I am thankful that I got to be a part of the process of her incredible experience and impact on Georgia College Athletics."
The guard is the National Representative to the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), and just this past summer was chosen to represent all of NCAA Division II as one of three student-athletes to meet with NCAA President Dr. Mark Emmert, discussing all issues facing today's student-athletes.
Keys' work doesn't stop there. The senior has been active in the Middle Georgia community since day one on the Georgia College campus. Keys leads her Bobcat basketball teammates in all of their community engagement activities, including—but not limited to—volunteering at the Boys and Girls Club to help youngsters afterschool with their homework, making regular trips to help out at Café Central, Milledgeville's local soup kitchen and much more.
The Allstate WBCA and NABC 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. Nominations were submitted by sports information directors and coaches at colleges and universities across the country, and a record total of 93 nominees from the WBCA and 158 nominees from the NABC were announced in early December 2014.
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 basketball star and University of Tennessee legend Tamika Catchings and former Duke University student-athlete, two-time NCAA champion and seven-time NBA All-Star Grant Hill. Keys is one of just two NCAA Division II women's basketball players to earn this year's award.
The Allstate WBCA and NABC 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 women and men 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.
Members of the Allstate WBCA Good Works Team® will be invited by Allstate, an official corporate partner of the NCAA, to the 2015 WBCA Convention and 2015 NCAA Women's Final Four® in Tampa, where they will participate in a community project benefitting the host city.
The Georgia College Department of Athletics, two-time winners of the PBC Commissioner's Cup, sponsors 11 varsity athletic programs at the NCAA Division II level. As a Division II program, Bobcat Athletics prides itself on balancing the life of the student-athlete, evidenced by the teams' multiple appearances in post-season competition as well as documented academic success and community-service involvement. Sign up at @GCBobcats on Twitter and Facebook for up-to-the-minute reports, and visit GCBobcats.PhotoReflect.com to purchase photo prints from home athletic contests.