KANSAS CITY, Mo. – UMKC men's basketball player Brandon McKissic is recognized as a National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) nominee on the 2019 NABC Give Back Team, announced recently by the national coaching body. This awards program acknowledges student-athletes for outstanding community service. There were 63 nominated by college coaches and athletic communicators around the country. McKissic is the only UMKC nominee and one of four players from the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) on the list.
“I'm very proud of Brandon and his accomplishments on campus and in the UMKC community,” said head coach Billy Donlon. “His passion for service is evident and ever growing. He is dedicated to community and campus engagement, volunteering for several causes and he is very deserving of this recognition."
McKissic is a junior-to-be guard on the Roo basketball team. He has served on the Student-Athlete Leadership Council (SALC) and will move into the President position for the 2019-20 academic year. He has been actively involved, and committed to, working with charitable organizations both on and off campus. He is responsible for working with his team to complete community service and participate in the annual SALC holiday toy drive. This past year, his team raised and donated the most toys and money among all 16 UMKC teams. Brandon volunteered to deliver toys to the Boys and Girls Club once the collection efforts were complete. The UMKC SALC won the WAC Community Service Award in 2018 for the Toy Drive efforts, which Brandon was a crucial part of.
McKissic also volunteered with UMKC Residential Life for Move-In Day in August 2017 and 2018, and he volunteered last fall for the UMKC Day of Service. He has volunteered with the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Kansas City, Garcia Elementary School, Berkley Child and Family Development Center, and Turn the Page KC.
Last year on the court, McKissic started in 28 of 30 games, ranked second on the team in total steals (43) and third in scoring (10.5). He averaged 30.4 minutes per game connecting on 45.3 percent (124-for-274) of his shots. He was honored on the 2018 All-WAC Defensive Team.