Men's Basketball Columns

Chris Haller

2014 Football, Basketball Winners Exemplify 4 Cs

by Chris Haller April 29, 2014 in Men's Basketball

The Senior CLASS Award is unlike any other award in NCAA Division I sports.  Contrary to most awards that only recognize a student’s performance on the court, their involvement in the community or their grade point average, the Senior CLASS Award honors these student-athletes in four areas of excellence equally.  The award is based on the individual’s academic standing, community involvement, their overall character and their production in competition. It’s not always easy to be a… Continue Reading

Laurie Bollig

Loyalty never an issue with Delle Donne and Hulls

by Laurie Bollig April 08, 2013 in Men's Basketball, Men's Basketball

Delaware All-American Elena Delle Donne considered leaving her home state for the bright lights of a much bigger women’s college basketball stage. Indiana guard Jordan Hulls committed to his hometown team in the midst of a monumental rebuilding period. Delle Donne signed with Connecticut out of high school, but after two days on campus, she longed to be closer to her family, including a sister with whom she shares an unbreakable bond. The easy choice would have been for her to remain at… Continue Reading

Kirk Wessler

Character leads all other attributes for Ogwumike and Hummel

by Kirk Wessler April 09, 2012 in Men's Basketball

LOWES SENIOR CLASS WINNERS/BASKETBALL By KIRK WESSLER Of the four C’s at the heart of the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award, one serves as the foundation for the rest.  Character underpins everything.  Almost by definition, individuals of high Character perform well in the Classroom and in athletic Competition, and are inclined to Community service. “It would be much more difficult to achieve those things without good character,” Nnemkadi Ogwumike says.  “Character is a quality that is… Continue Reading

Randy Rosetta

Belmont’s Mick Hedgepeth uses what he loves - basketball - to teach kids about faith and life

by Randy Rosetta February 17, 2012 in Men's Basketball

Unless the Belmont University basketball team takes a spin as Cinderella in the 2012 NCAA Tournament – and nobody connected to the Bruins is ready to cross that off their to-do list – the likelihood of a Mick Hedgepeth’s name rolling off the tongues of college basketball fans isn’t very likely. That suits the 6-foot-9 senior just fine and seems to fit with his personality and what he has accomplished in four seasons on and off the court. Hedgepeth is one of 10 finalists for the… Continue Reading

Steve Wieberg

From start to finish, winners in 2011-12 distinguished themselves on and off the field

by Steve Wieberg July 11, 2011 in Men's Basketball

The first Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award honoree—North Carolina’s Ali Hawkins—was named in December. A Phi Beta Kappa member, she co-founded a program promoting athletes’ involvement in local, national and international social causes. On the soccer field, she helped Carolina to three women’s national championships. Virginia’s Tyler Wilson completed the honor roll in June. He holds a degree in biology, and plans to become an orthopedic surgeon when he finishes a baseball career that took him to… Continue Reading

Kirk Wessler

Fredette, Moore accomplish what few others can because they were seniors

by Kirk Wessler April 06, 2011 in Men's Basketball, Men's Basketball

Maya Moore led Connecticut to 150 victories and two NCAA women’s basketball championships.  Jimmer Fredette led Brigham Young to 114 victories, four NCAA bids and the school’s first Sweet 16 appearance in 30 years. Two players, 264 victories. When it comes to intercollegiate competition, only seniors have a chance to pile up numbers like those. And few who have the chance are able to achieve such a level of team success, but when they do, other accolades aren’t far behind. Moore and… Continue Reading

Blair Kerkhoff

Tyrel Reed: A Kansan at Kansas is about as good as it gets

by Blair Kerkhoff February 01, 2011 in Men's Basketball

Tyrel Reed is the essence of Kansas basketball. Not just the university, where he’s a starting guard for the highly ranked Jayhawks, but of a state that loves its college basketball. When a small community product becomes an important component of a championship-level squad as a senior while excelling in the classroom, well, that’s about as Kansan as it gets. Coach Bill Self appreciates the story, but his reliance on Reed isn’t based on any sense of duty to the home state. “You… Continue Reading

Ken Davis

Circle of success helps make Malcolm Delaney a winner

by Ken Davis December 06, 2010 in Men's Basketball

Talk to Virginia Tech guard Malcolm Delaney for just a few minutes and it becomes obvious he’s not just another tough guy on the basketball court. There’s much more to him than that. Delaney is all business, without any frills. You might say he conducts his life like a CEO, running a corporation built for success. And even though he often feels overlooked as a player, Delaney has always known what he wants, and how to get there. Maybe that’s why he has a reputation as the most serious… Continue Reading

Wayne Simien

Finishing what you start reaps rewards beyond playing days

by Wayne Simien September 05, 2010 in Men's Basketball

As the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award enters into its 10th year of being a nationally recognized award, its prestige has increasingly grown among the college athletics landscape.  An award that was originally formed to honor the loyalty of men’s and women’s basketball players is now presented across 10 different sports and continues to expand. Unlike many other accolades that merely recognize athletic performance, this award stands alone. It identifies characteristics in student-athletes that… Continue Reading

Clare Lochary

2009-10 saw record nominations, record voting and unrivaled winners

by Clare Lochary July 06, 2010 in Men's Basketball

The 2009-10 academic season was a milestone year for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award. There were record numbers of nominees and fan voting for several sports, which produced 90 finalists who excelled in all four categories of the award criteria – community, classroom, character and competition. On the field, the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award winners boasted a collective 226-72-7 overall record; their accomplishments off the field are just as impressive. The winners selected from this stellar… Continue Reading

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