Nov 1, 2012, 6:44 PM EST
Delaware’s Elena Delle Donne, Hofstra’s Shante Evans and Northeastern’s Jonathan Lee were named candidates for the 2012-13 Senior CLASS Award in collegiate basketball. 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.
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.
The 2012-13 candidate classes include seven men’s players and seven women’s players who were recognized by the College Sports Information Directors of America as 2012 Capital One Academic All-Americans. Five men and 10 women were Associated Press All-Americans. Twenty men’s candidates and 18 women’s candidates have cumulative grade point averages above 3.0. The men’s Senior CLASS Award winner will be announced during the 2013 NCAA Final Four® in Atlanta April 6 and 8, while the women’s winner will be announced during the NCAA Women’s Final Four® in New Orleans April 7 and 9.
The candidate classes will be narrowed to 10 men’s and 10 women’s finalists midway through the regular season, 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 men’s finalist and one women’s finalist who best exemplifies excellence in the four Cs of community, classroom, character and competition.
Delle Donne, studying early childhood education at Delaware, led the Blue Hens to a historical season a year ago and led the nation pouring in 28.1 points per game. She was recently a unanimous pick for the Associated Press preseason All-America team and named to the WBCA preseason Wade Watch list, to add to her number of honors over her career. Already the Delaware career scoring leader, she enters her senior season ranked third in CAA history with 2,258 career points. Delle Donne is active in numerous Delaware team community service activities, including visits to A.I. duPont Children’s Hospital and work with Delaware Special Olympics. She also was named the 2012 Colonial Athletic Association Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year and the 2012 CAA Women’s Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year. In addition, she is a four-time member of CAA Academic Honor Roll.
Evans, a two-time AP All-American, is entering her final collegiate season with 1,618 career points (fifth all-time at Hofstra) and 992 career rebounds (second all-time in the program’s history). The senior is just 22 points and 39 rebounds shy of the current school records. Evans has served as a team captain for the Pride while also participating with teammates and staff in charitable initiatives like volunteering with the Interfaith Nutrition Network and giving up her time in the afternoons to help organize/sort food and clothing donations in the kitchen and clothing donation room. Evans is a three-time All-CAA honoree, including back-to-back first team member. She recently was named to the 2012-13 CAA preseason All-CAA first team. The senior forward is pursuing a degree in history.
Lee, a 3.0 senior member of the Huskies men’s basketball team, is on pace to earn a bachelor of fine arts degree in graphic design. The senior ranked nationally among all Division I players in points per game, free-throw percentage, assists per game, and steals per game a year ago. Lee led Northeastern in scoring (14.5 ppg), assists (3.45 apg), and 3-point field goal percentage (.417), and scored in double-figures in 28 of 31 games. He earned All-CAA honors at the end of last season and was named to the preseason All-CAA First Team this year. He enters the 2012-13 season ranked second in Northeastern history in career free-throw percentage and career 3-point percentage. He has participated in countless youth clinics and service organizations, working with disadvantaged youth in local Boston neighborhoods. He is one of the most visible student-athletes on campus and one of the most vocal supporters of fellow student-athletes.
To read more about the Senior CLASS Award and see the complete list for the Men’s and Women’s Basketball Candidates visit SeniorCLASSAward.com. Remember fans will have the opportunity to vote later in the season.
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