Jan. 25, 2012
Twenty NCAA® men's and women's basketball student-athletes who excel both on and off the court were selected as finalists today for the 2011-12 Lowe'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 - community, classroom, character and competition. The complete list of finalists follows this release.
An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the Lowe'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.
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 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award website or the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award Facebook fan page through March 18. Fan votes will be combined with media and Division I men's and women's basketball head coaches' votes to determine the winner.
Lowe's, an official Corporate Partner of the NCAA, will announce the men's Senior CLASS Award® winner during the 2012 NCAA Men's Final Four®, which will be held March 31 and April 2 in New Orleans. The women's award winner will be announced during the NCAA Women's Final Four®, which will be held April 1 and 3 in Denver.
For more information on all the finalists, visit seniorCLASSaward.com.
Men'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
Women's Basketball Finalists
Denise Beliveau, Forward, New Hampshire
Brittany Carter, Guard, Memphis
Lauren Edwards, Guard, Princeton
Amanda Johnson, Forward, Oregon
Emilie Johnson, Guard, UC Santa Barbara
Michelle Kurowski, Guard, Maryland-Baltimore County
Natalie Novosel, Guard, Notre Dame
Nnemkadi Ogwumike, Forward, Stanford
Justine Raterman, Forward, Dayton
Brittany Rayburn, Purdue
ABOUT THE AWARD
An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award honors the attributes of senior student-athletes in four areas: community, classroom, character and competition. The award program is designed exclusively for college seniors who are utilizing their complete athletic eligibility, remaining committed to their university and pursuing the many rewards a senior season can bring. The award is sponsored by Lowe's, an official Corporate Partner of the NCAA, and is managed by Premier Sports Management.
With fiscal year 2010 sales of $48.8 billion, Lowe's Companies, Inc. is a FORTUNE® 50 company that serves approximately 15 million customers a week at more than 1,725 home improvement stores in the United States, Canada and Mexico. Founded in 1946 and based in Mooresville, N.C., Lowe's is the second largest home improvement retailer in the world. Lowe's is an official Corporate Partner of the NCAA.
ABOUT THE NCAA
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