Rosen Headed to Final Four This Weekend

PHILADELPHIA - As a finalist for the prestigious Lowe's Senior CLASS Award, Penn senior guard Zack Rosen has been invited to New Orleans for this weekend's NCAA Men's Basketball Final Four. He will join the other finalists as participants in several events throughout the weekend.

The other nine finalists are Ashton Gibbs (Pitt), Draymond Green (Michigan State), Mike Hedgepeth (Belmont), Robbie Hummer (Purdue), Quinn McDowell (William & Mary), Ronald Nored (Butler), Zack Novak (Michigan), Tyler Zeller (UNC), and William Buford (Ohio State).

On Friday, the finalists will be onsite at a community service project at the St. Bernard Recreation Center (1500 Lafreniere St.) at 11 a.m. A crew of local Lowe's employees will be working to renovate the facility, which provides safe, wholesome, educational, recreational and culturally engaging opportunities to the citizens of New Orleans.

The finalists will also participate Friday in an on-court presentation at approximately 3:15 p.m. during Final Four Friday open practices at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. During this presentation, the winner of the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award will be announced.

The players will appear Sunday at the NCAA Dribble at Champions Square at noon to sign autographs and kick off the dribble for the more than 3,000 kids registered for the event.

Rosen will graduate as the Penn men's basketball program's all-time leader in assists (588), games started (115) and minutes played (4,198), and his point total (1,723) is third behind only Ernie Beck and Ugonna Onyekwe. This season, Rosen set program single-season marks for assists (173), starts (33) and minutes played (1,259), while his point total (602) was the best since Tony Price scored 633 points in 1978-79. Rosen also hit 75 three-point field goals in 2011-12, the seventh-best single-season total in program history.

Among the many postseason awards that Rosen received this season, the most recent came on Monday when he received honorable mention All-America from the Associated Press (AP). Rosen was the unanimous choice as Ivy League Player of the Year and a unanimous first-team All-Ivy selection. He also received All-District honors from the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) and the U.S. Basketball Writers Association (USBWA). Last week, Rosen was the only Ivy Leaguer chosen as an ECAC Division I All-Star.

The Lowe's Senior CLASS Award, chosen by a nationwide vote of Division I head coaches, national media and fans, is given annually to the most outstanding senior student-athlete in NCAA Division I men's 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 Lowe's 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.

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2011-12 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award Activities

Friday, March 30: Lowe's Heroes Community Service Project
10:30 a.m., St. Bernard Recreation Center
Activity: Supporting efforts and volunteers onsite

Friday, March 30: Final Four Friday On-Court Award Presentation
3 p.m., Mercedes-Benz Superdome
Activity: Finalist recognition and announcement of Lowe's Senior CLASS Award winner

Sunday, April 1: NCAA Final Four Dribble
Noon, Champions Square
Activity: Sign autographs and kick off the Dribble