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Men’s and Women’s Basketball Candidates Announced for the 2019-20 Lowe’s CIAA Senior CLASS Award

January 06, 2020

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (January 6, 2020) – Twenty-two Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA®) men’s and women’s basketball student-athletes who excel both on and off the field, were selected as candidates today for the Lowe’s CIAA Senior CLASS Award®. 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.

To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as a senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character and competition. The complete list of candidates follows this release.

The Lowe’s CIAA Senior CLASS Award, which focuses on men’s and women’s basketball players from the CIAA, is a division of the national Senior CLASS Award program that recognizes student-athletes in 10 NCAA Division I sports.

CIAA award candidates were nominated by their respective universities. Of those 22 student-athletes, all are in excellent academic standing at their universities with five holding GPAs of 3.5 or greater, and five were honored with preseason conference honors for outstanding performance on the court. Each of the candidates volunteers his or her time with charitable organizations and causes while upholding a reputation for positive character on campus and in the community.

“The Lowe’s CIAA Senior CLASS Award shows the company’s commitment to the CIAA mission, which is to support and showcase our student-athletes through community, classroom, character and competition,” said CIAA Commissioner Jacqie McWilliams. Their involvement on the campuses, culminating at the tournament, helps to recognize and celebrate the overall NCAA Division II student-athlete experience and the BEST IN CLASS.”

Each of the men’s and women’s candidates will be recognized on-court at a home game during the season. The winners will be determined through a voting system that includes fans, CIAA basketball media and conference coaches. Fan balloting will take place from January 21 through February 10 at LowesCIAASCA.com, the award website that will contain information about each candidate and the overall program.

The male and female winner will be announced during the CIAA Tournament in Charlotte, North Carolina, and presented with the prestigious Senior CLASS Award trophy at the championship games on Saturday, February 29.

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Women’s Basketball 2019-20 Candidates

Name Position School
Adel Allen Guard Livingstone College
Shantel Bennett Guard Fayetteville State University
Angela Caraballo Guard Saint Augustine's
Jasmine Carter Forward/Center Virginia Union University
Taylor Daniels Guard Winston-Salem State University
Yazmen Hannah Guard Virginia State University
Dejoria Howard Forward Shaw University
Shakarri Mack Forward Claflin University
Kwanza Murray Guard Lincoln University
Markeia Porter Forward Elizabeth City State University
Malia Rivers Guard Johnson C. Smith University
Kyaja Williams Forward Bowie State University

Men’s Basketball 2019-20 Candidates

Name Position School
Joseph Allen Forward Elizabeth City State University
Julius Barnes Guard Winston-Salem State University
David Belle Guard Bowie State University
Haneef Britt Forward Claflin University
Andrew Corum Forward Virginia State University
Darian Daniels Forward Shaw University
Jalen Gaddy Guard Saint Augustine's
Denzell Hosch Guard Fayetteville State University
Nenad Milenković Guard/Forward Johnson C. Smith University
Roger Ray Guard Livingstone College

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