Bailey recognized for outstanding academics

The National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) named Evan Bailey of the College of Charleston men’s basketball team as one of the 278 nominees for the 2017 Allstate NABC Good Works Team.

The award recognizes those who personify the true spirit of teamwork and giving back, at all levels of college basketball, whose charitable involvement stands out amongst other student-athletes.

Evan Bailey's academic excellence is garnering national acclaim. (Photo by Michael Wiser)

Evan Bailey’s academic excellence is garnering national acclaim. (Photo by Michael Wiser)

Bailey, a member of the Colonial Athletic Association All-Academic Team last season, is also a member of the College’s Honors College majoring in chemistry, with a 3.721 grade-point average.

This season, Bailey has played in five of Charleston’s seven games, averaging 1.2 points per game. Off the court, Bailey’s community involvement extends to volunteering with the Charleston Hope Adopt A Classroom Project and Green Heart. This past summer, he was a grant recipient and researcher with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI).

The final roster of recipients will be unveiled in February, but regardless of the final result, simply being included on the list of nominees speaks volumes about Bailey.

Bailey and the Cougars play game two of their four game home stand on Thursday (Dec. 1, 7 p.m.) against Navy.

The Cougars opened the season with three consecutive wins, however losses to Central Florida (60-40), Wake Forest (78-61) and No. 2 Villanova (63-47) brought their winning percentage back to an even .500. However, Charleston rebounded with a win over South Carolina Upstate (72-60) on Sunday (Nov. 27).

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On a cold January evening in the winter of 2004, Sam Oleksak realized his dream. As a mere fourth grader, he had the chance to announce a high school basketball game for his hometown television station. In the hopes of one day becoming a sports pundit, Sam began at Cisternyard News in Fall 2014. He now serves as the Sports Editor on staff and also makes frequent appearances on Cisternyard Radio.

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