FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Northern Arizona senior guard Cameron Jones was selected one of 10 finalists for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award Wednesday. He will now be on the ballot for the national honor and part of an online fan voting contest that will be part of the final selection process.
Lowe's, an official Corporate Partner of the NCAA, will announce the men's basketball Senior CLASS Award® winner at the NCAA Men's Final Four® in Houston. Ballots will be distributed through a nationwide voting system to media, coaches and fans, who will select one finalist who best exemplifies excellence in the four Cs of community, classroom, character and competition.
"It is a pretty prestigious award," said Jones. "It is an all-around effort award. It takes a lot to be part of it and I feel I worked hard to be able to get the honor."
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.
"I hope he is as excited about this as I am," said Head Coach Mike Adras. "Just to be nominated and make the final 10 is a tremendous honor. He has had a great career. He will be recognized not only in the West but across the country."
Jones maintains a 3.2 GPA in history with a minor in anthropology. He is a three-time member of the Big Sky All-Academic team, as well as a three-time recipient of the Golden Eagle Scholar-Athlete Award. Jones was also chosen to the 2009-10 NABC Honors Court.
"I am very proud of myself for that," said Jones of his high grade point average. "My parents always raised me to get good grades. My parents got mad when I got C's in middle school. Working hard in the classroom, it pays off on the court when you have a good work ethic. I am just going to keep working hard this year and hopefully everything turns out good."
Jones has been involved in several community-service projects in the Flagstaff community. He has volunteered weekly at a local elementary school and worked for the Flagstaff Community Food Bank as a volunteer. Jones also participated in single-day events including Toys for Tots, Red Ribbon Week, campus move-in and Student-Athlete for a Day, in which elementary students visit campus and attend class with a student-athlete mentor.
"It is a good thing about the athletic administration here at NAU because they encourage you as soon as you get here to reach out to the community," said Jones. "It mainly is what I have done my whole life. It is good to be in the community and nobody wants a one faceted athlete."
Jones, who declared for the NBA Draft last spring before deciding to return for his senior year, will earn his degree this May.
"Individually I would rate my senior pretty good but I would like to get some more wins under our belt and hopefully win the conference tournament," said Jones. "I am proud to be back here as a Lumberjack."
Jones, who played at Los Alamitos High School in Los Angeles, has averaged 20.2 points per game this season, ranking first in the Big Sky and 20th in the NCAA. He also ranks among the league leaders in field goal percentage (48.4, 10th/108th in Division I), assists (3.0, 7th), free throw percentage (80.8, 3rd/151st in Division I) and three-point field goal percentage (57.9, 1st). He has reset his career-high twice this season by scoring 27 against Idaho State and 30 at Arizona.
Fan voting will be available at www.seniorCLASSaward.com and via the Senior CLASS Award Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/LowesSeniorCLASSAward. Fans will be able to vote online through March 20th.
For more information on all the candidates, visit seniorCLASSaward.com.
2011 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award Men's Basketball Finalists
Devon Beitzel, Guard, Northern Colorado
Dodie Dunson, Guard, Bradley
Jimmer Fredette, Guard, BYU
Matt Howard, Forward, Butler
Cameron Jones, Guard, Northern Arizona
Jon Leuer, Forward, Wisconsin
David Lighty, Guard, Ohio State
E'Twaun Moore, Guard, Purdue
Tyrel Reed, Guard, Kansas
Kyle Singler, Forward, Duke
ABOUT THE AWARD
An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award honors the attributes of senior student-athletes in four areas: community, classroom, character and competition. The award program is designed exclusively for college seniors who are utilizing their complete athletic eligibility, remaining committed to their university and pursuing the many rewards a senior season can bring. Sportscaster Dick Enberg, honorary chair of the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award, first conceived the idea of an award for seniors in 2001 in response to the growing trend of men's basketball players leaving school early for the NBA. The award program has expanded from men's and women's basketball to include 10 NCAA Division I sports. The award is sponsored by Lowe's, an official Corporate Partner of the NCAA, and is managed by Premier Sports Management.
With fiscal year 2009 sales of $47.2 billion, Lowe's Companies, Inc. is a FORTUNE® 50 company that serves approximately 15 million customers a week at more than 1,725 home improvement stores in the United States, Canada and Mexico. Founded in 1946 and based in Mooresville, NC, Lowe's is the second largest home improvement retailer in the world.