HOUSTON - University of Houston Men's Basketball senior forward Mikhail McLean was recognized Wednesday morning as one of only 158 NCAA Division I nominees nationwide for the 2015 Allstate National Association of Basketball Coaches Good Works Team.
From these nominees, distinguished voting panels will select two 10-member teams comprised of student-athletes from NCAA Division I and five student-athletes from NCAA Divisions II, III and NAIA. 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 2015 NABC Convention and 2015 NCAA Men's Final Four® in Indianapolis, where they will participate in a community project benefitting the host city.
McLean graduated in December 2013 with a bachelor's degree in health and is studying health education in graduate school at the University of Houston during the 2014-15 season. He was a two-time member of the Conference USA Commissioner's Honor Roll and was named to the 2013-14 American Athletic Conference All-Academic Team.
Hampered by a foot injury, the Nassau, Bahamas, native has yet to compete in any games this season. Despite that setback, he was still named one of three team captains for the 2014-15 Cougars by head coach Kelvin Sampson.
As a team leader, he has competed in several community service projects throughout his career. Most recently, he joined with his teammates in serving Thanksgiving lunches to Star of Hope Mission residents in downtown Houston, the fifth consecutive season Houston Men's Basketball has assisted in that project.
In early November, he was an instructor for a Texas Special Olympics Camp inside Hofheinz Pavilion. Leading drills, McLean and Houston student-athletes and coaches worked with more than 50 special needs middle-school students from local schools.
In addition, he has helped distribute fire alarms to the needy in the neighborhoods around the University of Houston and helped unload more than 44,000 pounds of pumpkins for a local church's fall fundraiser.
During his playing career, McLean has competed in 86 games with 34 starts. He scored a career-high 12 points against Marshall on March 2, 2013, and snared a personal-best nine rebounds at TCU on Dec. 4, 2012. While his statistical numbers may not be eye-popping, his impact among his teammates, on and off the court, cannot be measured.
This marks the third year the Allstate NABC and Women's Basketball Coaches Association Good Works Teams helped spotlight the off-the-court good works and service to others that often goes unrewarded.
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. In addition to Hill, Allstate Insurance Company vice president of Marketing Pam Hollander and WNBA star Tamika Catchings, the 2015 Allstate NABC and WBCA Good Works Teams® selection panel members include: former college basketball student-athletes Greg Anthony (UNLV), Mateen Cleaves (Michigan State) and Alana Beard (Duke); former head coaches Bobby Cremins (College of Charleston), Seth Greenberg (Virginia Tech), Marsha Sharp (Texas Tech) and Nell Fortner (Auburn); current college basketball coach Coquese Washington (Penn State); and media members Seth Davis (Sports Illustrated/CBS), Dana O'Neil (ESPN), Carolyn Peck (ESPN) and LaChina Robinson (ESPN/FOX).
McLean and his Houston teammates open the month of December and start a 5-game homestand when they face Texas-Pan American at 7 p.m., Thursday, inside Hofheinz Pavilion. From there, the Cougars entertain Abilene Christian at 7 p.m., Saturday, with games against Houston Baptist (Dec. 16), Arkansas-Pine Bluff (Dec. 17) and South Carolina State (Dec. 20) to follow.
RADIO / TELEVISION
Fans can hear Thursday's game live on KPRC 950 AM with Matt Thomas calling the action and Basketball Hall of Famer Elvin Hayes providing analysis, beginning at 6:45 p.m. Fans also can hear the radio broadcast online by visiting UHCougars.com and following the appropriate links to Houston All-Access or by clicking here. A Houston All-Access subscription is required to listen to the game online.
Fans can watch Thursday's game live on ESPN3 by visiting WatchESPN.com and following the appropriate links or by clicking here. Brett Dolan will provide the play-by-play action, while Houston great Reid Gettys will provide analysis.
Fans can follow live stats by clicking the GameTracker link at UHCougars.com or by clicking here.
BUY TICKETS NOW
Fans have a variety of tickets options to accommodate any budget. Season tickets, group tickets, mini-plans and single-game tickets as well as Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic tickets also are on sale now. For complete tickets information, fans can visit uhcougars.com/mbbtickets and follow the appropriate links or by clicking here.
To purchase tickets, fans can call 713-GO-COOGS (462-6647) or visit the Athletics Ticket Office from 10 a.m., to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. To purchase tickets in person, fans can visit the Athletics Ticket Office located on the northeast corner of TDECU Stadium, just outside of Gate 1 off Cullen Boulevard. Parking is available in the TDECU Stadium parking garage with the first 30 minutes free of charge.
All UH main campus students are admitted FREE to regular-season Men's Basketball home games with a valid student ID.
Season ticket packages start for as low as $99 in the Reserved 3 section for 17 regular-season home games inside Hofheinz Pavilion. The Memorial Hermann Family Plan, which includes two adult and two kids' season tickets, can be purchased for only $399 in the Reserved 2 section for the entire regular-season home schedule.
Fans can purchase season tickets online by visiting uhcougars.com/mbbtickets and following the appropriate links or by clicking here. To view a map of Hofheinz Pavilion with season ticket pricing, fans can click here.
Fans also have a choice of a pair of mini plans when choosing their ticket options. With the Conference Pack, fans can purchase tickets to each of the Cougars' nine American Athletic Conference home games inside Hofheinz Pavilion, starting at only $8 per game in the Reserved 3 section.
Fans can choose the 3-Point Pack and pick any three of the Cougars' 17 regular-season home games with prices starting as low as $9 per game in the Reserved 3 section.
Tickets for groups of 10 or more can be purchased for as low as $9 per ticket in Reserved 3 (Section 101-102, 115-116, 126-128) for 17 regular-season home games inside Hofheinz Pavilion. Groups of 10 or more can buy tickets for only $14 per ticket in the Reserved 2 (Sections 103-104, 109-111, 117-119 and 124-125), while Reserved 3 seats (Section 105-108, 120-123) are available at $19 per ticket.
The ticket cost per person falls even more for groups of 25 or more. Group administrators are encouraged to call or visit the Athletics Ticket Office soon to secure their seats.
For a map of Hofheinz Pavilion group seating sections and prices, fans can click here. Fans can purchase group tickets online by visiting UHCougars.com and following the appropriate links or by clicking here, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
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