Men's Basketball Columns

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

Ken Davis

Butler, Griffin find homes away from home during standout basketball careers

by Ken Davis April 05, 2010 in Men's Basketball, Men's Basketball

Da’Sean Butler left his home in New Jersey to become a West Virginia Mountaineer. Kelsey Griffin journeyed far from Alaska when she decided to attend Nebraska. They both found perfect locations to excel as basketball players and to continue their educations, but they really found much more than that. Griffin and Butler found new places to call home. Put together all the pieces and it’s easy to understand why Butler and Griffin were voted the men’s and women’s basketball winners of the… Continue Reading

Hank Wesch

Gonzaga’s Bouldin defies his very own celebrity status, engaging children throughout Spokane

by Hank Wesch March 01, 2010 in Men's Basketball

How CLASSy is Matt Bouldin? In this day and age, what 21-year-old guy, about to embark on his senior season of college basketball, the undisputed leader of the team at an elite-level program and an All-America candidate, wouldn’t be tempted to milk being connected to a contemporary major celebrity for all it’s worth if the opportunity presented itself? Gonzaga guard and CLASS finalist Matt Bouldin. One day last September the word suddenly was out on blogs, Web sites and other forms of… Continue Reading

Kirk Wessler

Seniors rock and rule during March Madness

by Kirk Wessler February 15, 2010 in Men's Basketball

You want a solid tip on upset specials when America immerses itself in the serious fun of filling out NCAA tournament brackets this March? Here it is. Look for teams with senior leadership. Whether it’s the mid-major 12 seed challenging the marquee 5, or a battle of bluebloods for the national championship, seniors tend to rock and rule. Just look at the past decade of NCAA champions. Where there weren’t senior stars—Michigan State’s Matteen Cleaves and Mo Peterson, Duke’s Shane… Continue Reading

Dick Jerardi

West Virginia candidate Da’Sean Butler is the real deal

by Dick Jerardi January 18, 2010 in Men's Basketball

West Virginia’s Da’Sean Butler exemplifies every attribute necessary for a Senior CLASS Award candidate. He is the epitome of a young man whose life is the very essence of the four Cs _ classroom, character, community service and competition. “He has never missed a practice,” West Virginia assistant Billy Hahn said. “He is going to have the school record for most consecutive starts. He played last year on a sprained ankle against Villanova and had 43 points. He wasn’t expected to play,… Continue Reading

Dick Enberg

Hansbrough “Can’t Imagine” Not Spending All Four Years at UNC and Graduating With His Class

by Dick Enberg April 11, 2009 in Men's Basketball

Another NCAA National Basketball Champion has been crowned.  To the musical accompaniment of “One Shining Moment,” the Tar Heels of the University of North Carolina celebrated their season’s incredible success at Detroit’s Ford Field. And, oh my, how this Carolina team did shine, stamping itself as a superior force throughout the entire tournament.  Omnipotence came to mind as I watched the Tar Heels smother Villanova by 14 in the Semi’s and dissect Michigan State by 17 in the… Continue Reading

Steve Lavin

Remembering Billy Knight

by Steve Lavin March 25, 2009 in Men's Basketball

As basketball coaches we strive to win, but also do everything we can to help our players develop skills and habits of mind to last a lifetime. As basketball coach at UCLA, I was fortunate to have teams that advanced to the NCAA tournament in six consecutive seasons (1997-2002). Our teams made five Sweet Sixteen appearances and one run to the Elite Eight. Naturally, it is satisfying to win games, yet these achievements simply fulfill short term goals. True success in athletics is built on a… Continue Reading

John Akers

Why We Remember the Seniors

by John Akers March 04, 2009 in Men's Basketball

If you hang around this business of covering college basketball long enough, the case of Benjamin Button no longer seems so curious. In a college-basketball writers’ world, we age as our collective subjects remain forever young.  While we turn gray at the temples, heavy around the middle and thin at the top, they are always 19, 20 and 21 years old, full of that certain something that makes us so interested in them. Yet, upon closer inspection, the individuals we cover are developing and… Continue Reading

Dave Armstrong

Senior Student-Athletes Should Be Hailed for Finishing What They Started

by Dave Armstrong February 06, 2009 in Men's Basketball

When exactly did we come to the place in collegiate sports where we had to, in some small fashion, defend senior student-athletes? It seems around every corner someone has to explain the value of a college degree…..to argue in favor of players staying for four or five years to complete both their eligibility and education. I wholeheartedly agree with Seth Davis when he writes, “he has figured out that the more you learn, the more you realize you don’t know.”  I guess I don’t know… Continue Reading

Seth Davis

College Seniors Achieve Success in Areas That Matter Most

by Seth Davis January 26, 2009 in Men's Basketball

Like the rest of American society, today’s basketball is driven by a culture of instant gratification, which is always searching for the answer to the question of, “What’s next?” In the land of hoop we’re fixated on rising ninth graders, incoming college freshmen and the speculation over which undergraduates will leave school and be first-round draft picks in next year’s NBA draft. Against this backdrop, the act of becoming a college senior is, in the view of some, an admission of failure. You… Continue Reading

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