Men’s and Women’s Basketball Candidates Announced for the 2019-20 Senior CLASS Award

January 17, 2020

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OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (January 17, 2020) – Sixty NCAA® men’s and women’s basketball student-athletes who excel both on and off the court were selected as candidates today for the 2019-20 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 candidates follows this release.

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

Among the 60 candidates, all are in excellent academic standing with 23 having grade-point averages of 3.5 or higher. Twelve athletes are returning to the court this season after receiving All-America honors, and 46 of the candidates earned all-conference honors for their performances a year ago. Each of the candidates also volunteers his or her time with charitable organizations and causes while upholding a reputation for positive character on campus and in the community.

The men’s and women’s candidates will be narrowed to two fields of 10 finalists in February, and those names will be placed on the official ballot. Ballots will be distributed through a nationwide voting system to media, coaches and fans, who will select one male candidate and one female candidate who best exemplifies excellence in the four C’s of community, classroom, character and competition.

The Senior CLASS Award winners will be announced during the 2020 NCAA Men’s Final Four® and NCAA Women’s Final Four® this spring. For more information on each of the candidates, visit

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Women’s Basketball 2019-20 Candidates

Name Position School
Laura Bagwell-Katalinich Forward Cornell University
Chelsea Brackmann Forward Bradley
Camryn Buhr Guard Lehigh University
Kelly Campbell Guard DePaul
Kaila Charles Forward University of Maryland
Rachael Childress Guard UAB
Lauren Cox Forward Baylor
Crystal Dangerfield Guard UConn
Ciara Duffy Guard University of South Dakota
Nneka Ezeigbo Center Robert Morris University
Alana Gilmer Forward Marist College
Bailey Greenberg Forward Drexel University
Rebekah Hand Guard Marist College
Ellie Harmeyer Forward Belmont
Ruthy Hebard Forward Oregon
Hannah Hedstrom Guard Lehigh University
Taylor Herd Guard Quinnipiac University
Sabrina Ionescu Guard Oregon
Stella Johnson Guard Rider University
Stephanie Karcz Guard Loyola University Maryland
Ayana Mitchell Forward LSU
Beatrice Mompremier Forward University of Miami
Erica Ogwumike Guard Rice
Mikayla Pivec Guard Oregon State University
Shadeen Samuels Forward Seton Hall University
Jayla Scaife Guard Dayton
Chante Stonewall Forward DePaul
Sug Sutton Guard University of Texas
Peyton Williams Forward Kansas State
Brenna Wise Forward Indiana University

Men’s Basketball 2019-20 Candidates

Name Position School
Udoka Azubuike Center University of Kansas
Keith Braxton Guard Saint Francis University
Desure Buie Guard Hofstra University
Yoeli Childs Forward BYU
Jordan Cohen Guard Lehigh
Kameron Edwards Forward Pepperdine
James Foye Guard Dartmouth College
Harald Frey Guard Montana State University
Byron Frohnen Forward UTSA
Tommy Funk Guard Army West Point
TJ Haws Guard BYU
Markus Howard Guard Marquette University
Michael Jacobson Forward Iowa State University
Justin Kier Guard George Mason University
Nathan Knight Center William & Mary
Maik Kotsar Forward University of South Carolina
Skylar Mays Guard LSU
Anfernee McLemore Forward Auburn University
Sam Merrill Guard Utah State
Emmanuel Nzekwesi Forward Oral Roberts University
Myles Powell Guard Seton Hall University
Trevon Scott Forward University of Cincinnati
Nate Sestina Forward University of Kentucky
Ethan Stair Guard Mercer
Lamar Stevens Forward Penn State
Jake Toolson Guard BYU
Breein Tyree Guard Ole Miss
DJ Vasiljevic Guard Miami
Charles Williams Guard Howard University
Cassius Winston Guard Michigan State University