Nov. 9, 2009
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Irish senior forward Luke Harangody (Schererville, Ind.) has been tabbed as one of 60 men’s and women’s basketball candidates (30 men, 30 women) for the 2009-10 Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award. To be eligible for the award, a student-athletes must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence — classroom, character, community and competition. This marks the ninth year that the award has been presented in basketball.
Recently named the top vote-getter for the preseason Associated Press All-America Team, Harangody also was named to the preseason watch lists for the John W. Wooden and AT&T Naismith Trophy awards. The 2008 BIG EAST Player of the Year, he became the first player in the history of the BIG EAST Conference to lead the league in scoring and rebounding in back-to-back seasons after doing so in both the 2007-08 and 2008-09 campaigns. A year ago, he was the only player nationally to rank in the top-10 in both scoring and rebound as he finished sixth in the nation with 23.3 points per game and eighth in rebounding with 11.8 rebounds per game.
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 student-athletes to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.
This year’s candidate class includes 25 players on the preseason watch lists for men’s and women’s John R. Wooden Award and eight men’s players who are candidates for the AT&T Naismith Trophy.
Lowe’s, an official Corporate Partner of the NCAA, will announce the Senior CLASS Award winner for men’s basketball at the 2010 Men’s Final Four in Indianapolis in April.
The two list of men’s and women candidates will be narrowed to 10 finalists each 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 finalist who exemplifies excellence in the four C’s of classroom, character, community and competition.