Feb. 4, 2009
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Baylor senior guard Curtis Jerrells (Austin, Texas) is one 10 men's basketball student-athletes identified as finalists for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award announced Wednesday.
Jerrells, currently the 6th-leading scorer in Baylor history with 1,542 points, ranks first on the team in assists (5.5), second in steals (1.5) and second in scoring (16.2). Earlier this season, he became only the second player in school history to amass 1,000 points, 400 assists and 100 steals in a career.
Jerrells is joined by fellow men's finalists A.J. Abrams (Texas), Jimmy Baron (Rhode Island), Dionte Christmas (Temple), Tyler Hansbrough (North Carolina), Lester Hudson (UT Martin), Jerel McNeal (Marquette), Andy Wicke (Belmont), Terrence Williams (Louisville) and Sam Young (Pitt).
Finalists were selected from a list of 30 candidates, based on personal qualities that define a complete student-athlete. Each finalist displays numerous accomplishments across all four award pillars: classroom, community, character and competition.
"Being one of 10 finalists for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award is a tremendous honor for both Curtis and Baylor University," head coach Scott Drew said. "It speaks volumes to the dedication of Curtis both on and off the court."
The announcement launches a nationwide balloting process to determine the 2009 award winner. Lowe's, an official Corporate Partner of the NCAA, will announce and present the men's basketball winner with the distinctive Lowe's Senior CLASS Award trophy in front of a national television audience during the CBS telecast of the NCAA Men's Final Four® in Detroit.
"The Lowe's Senior CLASS Award puts a positive spotlight on our NCAA student-athletes who are on a track to earn a college degree," NCAA Senior VP for Basketball and Business Strategies Greg Shaheen said. "The NCAA is proud to honor student-athlete leaders who have demonstrated their commitment to excel in competition and in the classroom."
Voting begins Wednesday and concludes March 22. Votes from coaches and media will be coupled with fan balloting to determine the recipient of the award. Fans can vote online during this time period at www.SeniorClassAward.com. For the first time in the basketball division, text voting will also be available during the voting period. To vote via text, fans can send the text code MB6 for Jerrells to 839863.
ABOUT THE AWARD
An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award honors the attributes of senior student-athletes in four areas: classroom, community, character and competition. The award program is designed exclusively for college seniors who are utilizing their complete athletic eligibility, remaining committed to their university and pursuing the many rewards that a senior season can bring. For more information, visit www.SeniorClassAward.com.