Men's Basketball Columns

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

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

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