Sixty NCAA men’s and women’s basketball student-athletes who excel both on and off the court were selected as candidates for the 2013-14 Senior CLASS Award in collegiate basketball. Two Iowa State standouts – Melvin Ejim and Hallie Christofferson – along with Baylor’s Odyssey Sims represent the Big 12 on the list.
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. 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.
Of the 60 candidates, 20 have grade point averages of 3.5 or higher. There are eight CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-Americans and seven returning All-Americans. Twenty-four of the 32 NCAA Division I basketball-playing conferences are represented as well.
The Senior CLASS Award winners will be announced during the 2014 NCAA Men’s Final Four and NCAA Women’s Final Four.
Each of the 30 candidate classes will be narrowed to 10 finalists midway through the regular season, 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 exemplify excellence in the four Cs of community, classroom, character and competition.
For more information on all the candidates, visit seniorCLASSaward.com.
Big 12 Men's Basketball Candidates
Melvin Ejim, Iowa State
Big 12 Women's Basketball Candidates
Odyssey Sims, Baylor
Hallie Christofferson, Iowa State