PHILADELPHIA - Sixty NCAAmen's and women's basketball student-athletes who excel both on and off the court were selected as candidates for the 2011-12 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award, and Penn senior guard Zack Rosen is among the 30 men.
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.
A three-year captain for the Penn men's basketball team, Rosen enters his senior season with 1,121 career points and 415 career assists, and needs 91 assists to become the program's all-time leader in that category. He has started 82 of the 84 games that he has played in his career with the Quakers.
The 2011-12 candidate class includes three men's players who were members of last year's CoSIDA Academic All-American team, one Associated Press All-American and seven players who are on teams ranked in the Associated Press preseason top 25 poll.
The women's candidate class includes one CoSIDA Academic All-American, two Associated Press All-Americans and 12 players whose teams are ranked in the Associated Press preseason top 25.
Lowe's, an official Corporate Partner of the NCAA, will announce the men's Senior CLASS Award winner during the 2012 NCAA Men's Final Four, which will be held March 31 and April 2 in New Orleans. The women's award winner will be announced during the NCAA Women's Final Four, which will be held April 1 and 3 in Denver.
The 60 candidates will be narrowed to 10 finalists in both men's and women's basketball 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, Division I men's and women's coaches and fans who will select one finalist who best exemplifies excellence in the four Cs of community, classroom, character and competition.