OVERLAND PARK, KS (January 25, 2012) â€“ Twenty NCAAÂ®Â menâ€™s basketball student-athletes who excel both on and off the court were selected as finalists today for the 2011-12 Loweâ€™s Senior CLASS Award. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence â€“ community, classroom, character and competition. The complete list of finalists follows this release.
An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in SchoolÂ®, the Loweâ€™s Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.Â
The finalists were chosen by a media committee from the list of 60 candidates announced in November. Nationwide fan voting begins immediately to determine the winner. Fans are encouraged to vote on either the Loweâ€™s Senior CLASS Award website or the Loweâ€™s Senior CLASS Award Facebook fan page through March 18. Fan votes will be combined with media and Division I menâ€™s and womenâ€™s basketball head coachesâ€™ votes to determine the winner.
Loweâ€™s, an official Corporate Partner of the NCAA, will announce the menâ€™s Senior CLASS AwardÂ® winner during the 2012 NCAA Menâ€™s Final FourÂ®, which will be held March 31 and April 2 in New Orleans. The womenâ€™s award winner will be announced during the NCAA Womenâ€™s Final FourÂ®, which will be held April 1 and 3 in Denver.
For more information on all the finalists, visit seniorCLASSaward.com.
Menâ€™s Basketball Finalists
William Buford, Guard, Ohio State
Ashton Gibbs, Guard, Pittsburgh
Draymond Green, Forward, Michigan State
Mick Hedgepeth, Forward, Belmont
Robbie Hummel, Forward, Purdue
Quinn McDowell, Forward, William and Mary
Ronald Nored, Guard, Butler
Zack Novak, Guard/Forward, Michigan
Zack Rosen, Guard, Pennsylvania
Tyler Zeller, Forward, North Carolina