OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Sixty NCAA® men’s and women’s basketball student-athletes who excel both on and off the court were selected as candidates today for the 2017-18 Senior CLASS Award® in collegiate basketball. 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 candidates follows this release.
An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School ®, the 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.
Among the 60 candidates, all are in excellent academic standing with 14 having grade-point averages of 3.5 or higher. Eight of this year’s candidates were 2016-17 CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-Americans®, and seven returned to the court this season after receiving All-America honors for their performances a year ago. Each of the candidates also volunteers his or her time with charitable organizations and causes while upholding a reputation for positive character on campus and in the community.
Each of the 30 candidate classes will be narrowed to fields of 10 finalists in February, and those 10 names will be placed on the official ballot. Ballots will be distributed through a nationwide voting system to media, coaches and fans, who will select one male candidate and one female candidate who best exemplifies excellence in the four Cs of community, classroom, character and competition.
The Senior CLASS Award winners will be announced during the 2018 NCAA Men’s Final Four® and NCAA Women’s Final Four® this spring. For more information on each of the candidates, visit seniorCLASSaward.com.
MEN’S BASKETBALL CANDIDATES:
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL CANDIDATES:
|Raigyne Louis||LSU||Sally McCabe||Belmont|
|Ariel Atkins||Texas||Brooke McCarty||Texas|
|Briana Betz-White||Loyola||Brittany McPhee||Stanford|
|Lexie Brown||Duke||Sydni Means||Mercer|
|Tyra Buss||Indiana||Kia Nurse||UConn|
|Amanda Cahill||Indiana||Michelle Nwokedi||Pennsylvania|
|Emily Clemens||Western Illinois||Vionise Pierre-Louis||Oklahoma|
|Kylie Giebelhausen||Southern Illinois||Tianna Tarter||East Tennessee State|
|Rebecca Greenwell||Duke||Elle Thompson||South Dakota State|
|Delaney Hodgins||Eastern Washington||Rebekah VanDijk||UT Arlington|
|Faith Ihim||Oral Roberts||Victoria Vivians||Mississippi State|
|Kaylee Jensen||Oklahoma State||Carlie Wagner||Minnesota|
|Jackie Kemph||Saint Louis||Kristy Wallace||Baylor|
|Jordan Korinek||Kent State||Morgan William||Mississippi State|
|Grace Lennox||Eastern Illinois||Gabby Williams||UConn|
ABOUT THE AWARD
An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the 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. Premier Sports Management manages the award.
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Press Release Courtesy: Bryan Messerly- WVU Sports Communications
Photo Credit: Kelsie LeRose, BGS