Men’s and women’s basketball finalists announced for 2011-12 Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award

January 25, 2012


OVERLAND PARK, KS – Twenty NCAA® men’s and women’s basketball student-athletes who excel both on and off the court were selected as finalists today for the 2011-12 Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award. 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. The complete list of finalists follows this release.

An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the Lowe’s 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.

The finalists were chosen by a media committee from the list of 60 candidates announced in November. Nationwide fan voting begins immediately to determine the winner. Fans are encouraged to vote on either the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award website or the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award Facebook fan page through March 18. Fan votes will be combined with media and Division I men’s and women’s basketball head coaches’ votes to determine the winner.

Lowe’s, an official Corporate Partner of the NCAA, will announce the men’s Senior CLASS Award® winner during the 2012 NCAA Men’s Final Four®, which will be held March 31 and April 2 in New Orleans. The women’s award winner will be announced during the NCAA Women’s Final Four®, which will be held April 1 and 3 in Denver.

For more information on all the finalists, visit

Men’s Basketball 2011-12 Finalists

Name Position School
William Buford Guard Ohio State
Ashton Gibbs Guard Pittsburgh
Draymond Green Forward Michigan State
Mick Hedgepeth Forward Belmont
Robbie Hummel Forward Purdue
Quinn McDowell Forward William and Mary
Ronald Nored Guard Butler
Zack Novak Guard/Forward Michigan
Zack Rosen Guard Pennsylvania
Tyler Zeller Forward North Carolina

Women’s Basketball 2011-12 Finalists

Name Position School
Denise Beliveau Forward New Hampshire
Brittany Carter Guard Memphis
Lauren Edwards Guard Princeton
Amanda Johnson Forward Oregon
Emilie Johnson Guard UC Santa Barbara
Michelle Kurowski Guard UMBC
Natalie Novosel Guard Notre Dame
Nnemkadi Ogwumike Forward Stanford
Justine Raterman Forward Dayton
Brittany Rayburn Guard Purdue