Napier Candidate For Senior CLASS Award

    UCONNHUSKIESDOTCOM Shabazz Napier has been nominated for the Senior CLASS Award.
    Shabazz Napier has been nominated for the Senior CLASS Award.

    Oct. 30, 2013

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - UConn senior guard Shabazz Napier (Roxbury, Mass.) is one of 30 men's basketball student-athletes who excel both on and off the court and were selected as candidates today for the 2013-14 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. 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.  

    Napier, a two-time captain of the Huskies, was named to the All-Big East First Team last season after leading UConn in scoring, assists, steals, and three-point shooting percentage. He was the USBWA District I Player of the Year and an NABC District 5 First Team selection. He is also a candidate for the Bob Cousy Point Guard of the Year Award. 

    In addition, the sociology major has been named to UConn's Dean's List and received the UConn Athletic Director's High Five Award for academic excellence. He has participated in a number of holiday food drives to provide meals for the needy and donated his time at basketball clinics at handicapped schools around the UConn community. 

    Of the 60 candidates for the CLASS Awards, which also include 30 women student-athletes including UConn senior Stefanie Dolson, 20 have grade point averages of 3.5 or higher. There are eight CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-Americans® and seven returning All-Americans. Twenty-four of the 32 NCAA Division I basketball-playing conferences are represented as well. 



    The Senior CLASS Award winners will be announced during the 2014 NCAA Men's Final Four® and NCAA Women's Final Four®. 

    Each of the 30 candidate classes will be narrowed to 10 finalists midway through the regular season, and those 10 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 exemplify excellence in the four Cs of community, classroom, character and competition.  

    For more information on all the candidates, visit seniorCLASSaward.com

    Men's Basketball Candidates

    Travis Bader, Oakland

    Joe Jackson, Memphis

    Jerrelle Benimon, Towson

    Walt Lemon Jr., Bradley

    Kyle Boswell, UC Santa Barbara

    J.J. Mann, Belmont

    Allan Chaney, High Point

    Doug McDermott, Creighton

    Aaron Craft, Ohio State

    Sean McGonagill, Brown

    Jordan Dykstra, South Dakota State

    Travis McKie, Wake Forest

    Melvin Ejim, Iowa State

    Jordan McRae, Tennessee

    Dwayne Evans, Saint Louis

    Shabazz Napier, Connecticut

    Chris Eversley, Cal Poly

    Dennis Ogbe, Tennessee Tech

    C.J. Fair, Syracuse

    Kendrick Perry, Youngstown State

    Tim Frazier, Penn State

    Dwight Powell, Stanford

    Jakob Gollon, Mercer

    Augustine Rubit, South Alabama

    Joe Harris, Virginia

    Russ Smith, Louisville

    Holton Hunsaker, Utah Valley

    Chris Udofia, Denver

    Anthony Ireland, Loyola Marymount

    Patric Young, Florida

    Women's Basketball Candidates

    Gennifer Brandon, California

    Amanda Hyde, IPFW

    Heather Butler, Tennessee-Martin

    Maggie Lucas, Penn State

    Alyssa Charlston, Idaho

    Dequesha McClanahan, Winthrop

    Hallie Christofferson, Iowa State

    Sarah Nelson, Creighton

    Jerica Coley, Florida International

    Eilise O'Connor, Missouri-Kansas City

    Allyson DiMagno, Cornell

    Chiney Ogwumike, Stanford

    Alexis Dobbs, American

    Haley Peters, Duke

    Stefanie Dolson, Connecticut

    Theresa Plaisance, LSU

    Jamierra Faulkner, Southern Mississippi

    Michelle Plouffe, Utah

    Ataira Franklin, Virginia

    Odyssey Sims, Baylor

    Chelsea Gray, Duke

    Alex Smith, Holy Cross

    Sarah Hansen, Florida Gulf Coast

    Kacie Sowell, Seattle

    Cassie Harberts, Southern California

    DeNesha Stallworth, Kentucky

    Jordan Hooper, Nebraska

    Rachel Tecca, Akron

    Natasha Howard, Florida State

    Alli Wiliams, Saint Francis