MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. – Central Michigan sophomore guard Chris Fowler is a candidate for the AllState NABC Good Works Team, a honor that recognizes student-athletes who make outstanding contributions in the areas of volunteerism and civic involvement and embody the true spirit of “teamwork” and “giving back.”
As a freshman, Fowler started all 31 games, averaging 8.1 points and 5.7 assists per game and had a 2.2 assist/turnover ratio. He also led the Chippewas in field goal percentage (.497) and steals (43). Fowler broke the freshman single-season record for assists, recording 176, which is also third all-time in the CMU record book. He ranked 35th in the nation in assists and led the NCAA in assist rate, according to ESPN.com, meaning his teammates scored off his assists more often than any other player in the nation. For his standout season, he was recognized on the 2013 MAC All-Freshman Team and was the runner-up for MAC Freshman of the Year honors.
Fowler has picked up where he left off thus far this season, leading CMU in scoring (16.1), assists (5.0), steals (1.5) and free throws attempted (48) and made (37). He has scored in double figures in six of eight games, including five 20-point efforts. Fowler earned MVP honors and helped the Chippewas to a title at the Central Michigan Tournament, including scoring a career-high 25 points in the finale against Cal State Northridge.
Fowler also embodies the definition of a true student-athlete, as the excellence he has achieved on the basketball court is equaled by his accomplishments in the classroom. Fowler possesses a 3.43 cumulative GPA, including two semesters in which he averaged above a 3.50. During the fall of 2012, he was honored on the Dean’s List.
Despite the number of demands placed on a student-athlete, Fowler makes the time to take part in various community service activities. He worked with the Special OIympics basketball team last December, putting the athletes through drills while providing pointers on how to improve. He also volunteered with Meals on Wheels during the holidays, delivering food to at-risk seniors.
The 10-member AllState NABC Good Works Team will be honored at the 2014 NABC Convention and 2014 NCAA Men’s Final Four in Dallas, Texas.
Central Michigan (5-3) begins a three-game road swing that will last throughout the month of December on Saturday when they face SIU Edwardsville in an 8 p.m. ET game. The Chippewas are back at home after the New Year, first meeting Marygrove on January 3 (7 p.m.) in the final non-conference match-up of the regular season.
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