Men's Basketball Columns

Jeremy Bohnert

Senior CLASS Award Winners Use Their Platforms to Make a Difference

by Jeremy Bohnert April 11, 2019 in Men's Basketball, Men's Basketball

As a recent college graduate myself, I can recall seeing student-athletes at every turn, all around campus and in my classes. Some would turn more heads than others as the stars of their respective teams. But it’s the stars that shine from a different light that I have really come to appreciate. All collegiate student-athletes have a platform that provides them the opportunity to be heard and to make a difference. Some embrace that opportunity more than others, and that is what excites me… Continue Reading

Jill Lee

2017-18 Senior CLASS Award Highlights

by Jill Lee June 14, 2018 in Men's Basketball, Men's Basketball, Men's Basketball, Men's Basketball, Men's Basketball, Men's Basketball, Men's Basketball, Men's Basketball, Men's Basketball, Men's Basketball

Another year. Another 10 outstanding student-athletes honored as Senior CLASS Award winners. We love it! From fall to spring, the 2017-18 academic year gave us some incredibly memorable winners. So, to recap this season, we’d like to recount three of our internal highlights from this Senior CLASS Award year. Take a look! 1. Okay, let’s be honest here. Football winner Shaquem Griffin had one of the most amazing stories in all of sports this year, and we were thrilled to be able to honor… Continue Reading

Jill Lee

Senior CLASS Award Year in Review

by Jill Lee June 29, 2017 in Men's Basketball, Men's Basketball, Men's Basketball, Men's Basketball, Men's Basketball, Men's Basketball, Men's Basketball, Men's Basketball, Men's Basketball, Men's Basketball

Every spring when the academic year comes to a close, we get a chance to look back on the “year that was” in the world of the Senior CLASS Award (SCA). It’s always inspiring to remember the student-athletes who were honored and recall what they’d done to deserve the honor. This year was certainly one to remember for the SCA staff, as it featured several firsts in award history. We saw our first set of twins make it to the round of finalists when Minnesota volleyball stars Paige and… Continue Reading

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

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

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