De'angelo Alexander nominated for 2007 Lowe's Senior Class Award

per the A-10 site
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Alexander, Freeman Nominated For 2007 Lowe’s Senior Class Award

The award was launched during the 2001-02 season to honor the attributes of college basketball seniors who remain committed to their university and pursue the many rewards that a senior season can bring

Jan. 17, 2007

2007 Lowe’s Senior Class Award Nominees

PHILADELPHIA, PA - De’Angelo Alexander of Charlotte and Massachusetts’ Rashaun Freeman are among 30 candidates for the 2007 Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award - the nation’s premier tribute to college seniors, it was announed today. The award is presented annually to an NCAA Division I male and female senior basketball player who excel both on and off the court.

Alexander enters the 49ers game versus Dayton on Wed. evening boasting a league-best 19.7 ppg. scoring average and ranks fourth in three-point field goals per game (2.80). Freeman leads the A-10 in field goal shooting (.649), is fourth in rebounding (8.2 rpg.) and sixth in scoring (17.4 ppg.). Both players were named to the All-Conference first-team in 2005-06.

An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the award was launched during the 2001-02 season to honor the attributes of college basketball seniors who remain committed to their university and pursue the many rewards that a senior season can bring.

Sponsored by Lowe’s, the award has already reached its sixth year. Finalists will be selected based on personal qualities that define a complete student athlete. These areas of excellence are identified under the categories of classroom, character and community, as well as the candidate’s performance and team loyalty on the court.

The greater emphasis on the off-court achievements of the candidate reflects Lowe’s commitment to helping young people build successful careers and encouraging students to use their skills to make an impact in life.

The Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award will also be expanding in the 2006-07 school year to include additional NCAA men’s and women’s sports. Lowe’s will announce the specific sports later this month.

“At Lowe’s, we take pride in acknowledging hard work and outstanding accomplishments both on and off the court,” said Bob Gfeller, Lowe’s senior vice president of marketing and advertising. “That commitment extends beyond our employees and customers and into the communities we serve where these student-athletes become real-life mentors. We’re thrilled to honor each candidate’s contributions and look forward to recognizing the award recipients later this year.”

From the list of 30 nominees for each gender, a national media committee will select 10 finalists for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award in February as the conference basketball season hits its peak.

Those ten names will be placed on the official ballot for a nationwide vote during the NCAA Tournament in March. Fan balloting will be coupled with votes from coaches and media to determine the male and female recipients. Winners will be announced during the men’s and women’s respective Final Four weekends.

The award was conceived by sportscaster Dick Enberg, who continues to serve as Honorary Chairman. It was inspired by the remarkable story of former Duke star Shane Battier, who could have been an NBA lottery pick but returned to college for his senior season and led the Blue Devils to the national championship in 2001.

Previous winners of the men’s award include Juan Dixon of Maryland (2002), David West of Xavier (2003), Jameer Nelson of Saint Joseph’s (2004), Wayne Simien of Kansas (2005) and J.J. Reddick of Duke (2006).

Recipients of the women’s award include Sue Bird of Connecticut (2002), LaToya Thomas of Mississippi State (2003), Alana Beard of Duke (2004), Kendra Wecker of Kansas State (2005) and Seimone Augustus of LSU (2006).

Thirty candidates for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award are selected for both men’s and women’s basketball each year. Candidates must be an NCAA Division I senior and must have exhausted all years of their collegiate athletic eligibility.

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Great to hear, hope DA gets it! :biggrin:

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Good to see this article after all De’angelo has been through to get here. From being accused of plagarism at OU to having to leave his daughter in Oklahoma and not being able to see her all the time, he has been through a lot. It’s great to see him get some recognition and do well academically and athletically. I hope his NBA aspirations come true in the near future.

Congratulations De’Angelo! :clap: