MEMPHIS — The Gulf South Conference recognized two Christian Brothers University student-athletes in its Top Ten, as junior basketball player Trey Casey (Cincinnati, Ohio, La Salle HS) and senior volleyball player Alison Welch (Olive Branch, Miss., Olive Branch HS) were named finalists for the Commissioner’s Trophy, the GSC’s highest individual honor, which recognizes success on the field, in the classroom and in the community.
Casey was a first team All-GSC performer for the Bucs this season, averaging 17.9 points, 2.8 assists and a GSC-best 2.2 steals per game. He was a First Team NABC All-South Region player, and he was voted to the Daktronics All-South Region Second Team. But as lofty as his basketball success has been, Casey’s work in the classroom has been even better, as he carries a perfect 4.0 GPA in business administration with a concentration in finance. Casey was the only student-athlete in the GSC in 2013-14 to earn Capital One First Team Academic All-America honors in any sport. Also the men’s basketball representative on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), he helped lead CBU’s fundraising for Make-A-Wish, and he worked with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis’ ReStore.
Welch was a starter and team captain, leading CBU to its most successful run since joining the NCAA. She was a part of two NCAA Tournament runs, the school’s first ever South Regional in 2011 and then the school’s first South Regional victory in 2012. She also led CBU to the GSC Finals for the first time in school history in 2012. Welch graduated with a stellar 3.85 GPA in psychology, earning Dean’s List honors all eight semesters, and she was one of only two unanimous selections to the GSC Fall All-Academic Team this season. She has been CBU’s SAAC representative for three years, and she has spent the past two years as the GSC’s SAAC representative to the NCAA Division II SAAC. She has also been active in the community, volunteering at LeBonheur Children’s Hospital and Hope House, a daycare center for children affected by HIV.