The Good Works team award honors NCAA Basketball student-athletes who have shown dedication to service in their local communities, nationally and globally.
Garrett was named to the team along with Princeton’s Steven Cook, Iowa State’s Monte Morris, Georgia Tech's Rand Rowland and Northwestern State's Sabri Thompson.
Billy and his teammates will be honored on the court during the first half under-12-minute media timeout of the Oregon vs. North Carolina semifinal game on Saturday. On Sunday, the team will take part in the Allstate NABC Good Works Day with the Special Olympics of Phoenix.
Following is an excerpt from the NABC’s release on the Good Works team:
DePaul senior Billy Garrett, Jr., has enjoyed a great deal of success in his career with the Blue Demons. The senior guard was the 2014 Big East Rookie of the Year, ranks near the top in several career categories, and is a three-time Big East All-Academic selection. All of this is greatly amplified by the fact that he battles Sickle cell disease, a genetic blood disorder with no widely available cure that can cause extreme pain and organ damage. Garrett, with his platform as a standout basketball player, has become an advocate and example for children with the disease that they may accomplish whatever they want to do in life. Before a game at Stanford last season, Garrett met with Mekei, a young boy with Sickle cell who knew Garrett’s story. After talking about basketball and living with the disease, Mekei told his mother that meeting with Garrett was one of the best days of his life.