NEWBERRY — Newberry College senior Brunes Charles has been named a nominee for the 2014 National Association of Basketball Coaches/Allstate Good Works Team, the NABC announced Tuesday.
Charles is the only four-year senior on coach Dave Davis’ team, which has set the South Atlantic Conference scoring average record in each of the last two seasons.
Newberry is currently scoring 93.5 points per game and is the only undefeated team in the SAC and in the state of South Carolina with a 6-0 overall record and 4-0 SAC mark.
Charles is noted as a complete student-athlete. He was honored as Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities at the Founders Convocation in November and was also elected as Newberry’s Homecoming King in October.
He is the vice president of the Newberry College Student-Athlete Advisory Council, earned the athletic department’s Leadership Award, has been awarded the Kiu-Ling Mei communications award for skills in and out of the classroom and has been named to the SAC Commissioner’s Honor Roll three times.
Charles has been a mentor for children at Newberry and Gallman Elementary Schools, where he has helped young students develop more confidence in their reading skills. He has also volunteered extensively, working the Boys and Girls Clubs in the Atlanta area and with Christmas and hunger ministries in Irmo.
Charles is a multi-instrument musician, working on campus with the Metoka Galeda gospel choir, Christians Living Among You, the Newberry College Choir and the Newberry College Jazz Combo.
He has been a worship leader and musician for Youth Crusade in southwest Florida, David Live Experience in Columbia and AFAM Conventions in both Florida and South Carolina.
Charles has also performed with multiple professional gospel groups including Dove Award nominee John Lakin & Band of Worshipers from Columbia, Andre Delanie & Another Element from Columbia and Roosevelt Stewart of Fort Myers, Fla. Charles was a guitarist on John Lakin & Band of Worshipers’ CD release earlier this year.
Charles is one of the Wolves’ top emotional leaders, a team captain and primary perimeter defender. He has played in 83 career games with a 6.0 point, 3.6 rebound, 1.6 assist and 1.1 steal per game average.
Of the 43 male nominees from NCAA Divisions II and III and the NAIA, only 17 come from Division II schools, with all three of the SAC schools in South Carolina represented. Charles is joined on the nominee list by Anderson’s Chandler Hash and Coker’s Eren Moses. A total of four nominees from South Carolina’s schools in both men and women are on the list in Division I.
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.
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 118 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.
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 118 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.”