ANN ARBOR — The National Association of Basketball Coaches has recognized Michigan graduate student Jordan Morgan as one of 10 college basketball players improving their communities and the lives of others.
Morgan was named Tuesday to the Allstate NABC Good Works Team, the organizations community service honor. The Detroit native was among 117 nominees submitted and then voted on by a panel comprised of former coaches, student-athletes and media members. The team is comprised of 10 student-athletes; five from the NCAA Division I and five from NCAA Divisions II, III and the NAIA.
The award will earn Morgan a second straight trip to the Final Four. Members of the Good Works Team will be invited to the 2014 NABC Convention at the Final Four in North Texas, where they will participate in a community service project.
Among Morgan’s previous points of community service: working with Mott’s “From the Heart” Program; speaking for Wines Elementary Run-a-thon on the importance of fitness; visiting Joshua’s Lemonade stand in Detroit; working clinics for high school students and coaches in Ivory Coast; visiting an orphanage in Ivory Coast; spoking at Brighton Community Bible Church youth group on faith; speakking at Huron Hills Church on faith in sports and life.
Morgan is currently working with Big Brothers Big Sisters to promote education and Meals on Wheels delivering lunches to the community.
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.
A tri-captain for the 2013-14 Wolverines, Morgan is averaging 4.9 points and 4.0 rebounds per game in his final season in Ann Arbor. Michigan is 17-6 overall and in a first-place tie in the Big Ten with Michigan State at 9-2 in league play.
U-M faces Ohio State (19-5, 6-5) on Tuesday night at Value City Arena (9 p.m., TV: ESPN).
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