OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Senior Cameron Jones has been named one of 30 finalists for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award in 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.
"I have gone to the Final Four and heard Dick Enberg talk about the significance of this award," said Head Coach Mike Adras. "It recognizes seniors who play four years and stay in school. I am really proud of the Lowe's organization to be associated with one of the more prestigious awards in college basketball."
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.
"It really means a lot to me," said Jones. "It is an impressive award with all the other athletes that are on the list. All the hard work is paying off and it is very rewarding."
Jones maintains a 3.2 GPA in history with a minor in anthropology. He's 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.
"Cameron is a positive role model to the youngsters in the Flagstaff community," said Adras said. "Everyone would be proud to have a son like Cameron Jones."
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.
After his junior season, Jones was a unanimous selection to the All-Big Sky first team. In 2009 he made the All-Big Sky second team and he's a two-time recipient of the Joe Rolle team MVP award. Last year Jones was the only player in the Big Sky to rank among the top 16 in points, rebounds, assists and field-goal percentage, including ranking second in the league with 19.3 points per game.
The 2011 men's candidate class includes three CoSIDA Academic All-Americans from a year ago, nine student-athletes on the preseason watch list for the John R. Wooden Award, 16 players with grade point averages of 3.0 and above and eight from teams ranked in the Associated Press preseason top 25. 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.
The candidate class will be narrowed to 10 men's finalists midway through the regular season, and those 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 best exemplifies excellence in the four Cs of community, classroom, character and competition.
"The young men and women who have been selected as candidates for the basketball award are shining examples of student-athletes who exercise time management every day, juggling class work and community service with practice and games," said Tom Lamb, Lowe's senior vice president of marketing. "The ability to balance things that are important to them will be a skill they will use throughout their lives."
Jones is the second student-athlete from Northern Arizona to be a finalist for the award this year, joining soccer's Kristi Andreassen.
For more information on all the candidates, visit seniorCLASSaward.com.
2011 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award Men's Basketball Candidates
Name, Position, School
Kevin Anderson, Guard, Richmond
John Ashworth, Guard, IUPUI
Devon Beitzel, Guard, Northern Colorado
Noah Dahlman, Forward, Wofford
Malcolm Delaney, Guard, Virginia Tech
Dodie Dunson, Guard, Bradley
Kenneth Faried, Center, Morehead State
Jimmer Fredette, Guard, BYU
Dairese Gary, Guard, New Mexico
Devin Gibson, Guard, Texas San Antonio
Jeremy Hazell, Guard, Seton Hall
Blake Hoffarber, Guard, Minnesota
Matt Howard, Forward, Butler
Gary Johnson, Forward, Texas
Cameron Jones, Guard, Northern Arizona
Rob Keefer, Guard, Lehigh
Andrew Keister, Forward/Center, Holy Cross
Kenny Lawson, Jr., Center, Creighton
Jon Leuer, Forward, Wisconsin
David Lighty, Guard, Ohio State
Mickey McConnell, Guard, St. Mary's (Calif.)
Brendan McKillop, Guard, Davidson
E'Twaun Moore, Guard, Purdue
Jacob Pullen, Guard, Kansas State
Tyrel Reed, Guard, Kansas
Damian Saunders, Forward, Duquesne
Xavier Silas, Guard, Northern Illinois
Kyle Singler, Forward, Duke
Chris Warren, Guard, Mississippi
Chris Wright, Forward, Dayton
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.
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