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. Lowe's will announce the men's basketball Senior CLASS Award winner at the 2011 NCAA Final Four in Houston.
The candidate class will be narrowed to 10 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."
Keister earned second team All-Patriot League honors last season after averaging 10.2 points, 8.9 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 0.6 blocked shots per contest. He also shot 51.6 percent (130 of 252) from the field and 73.7 percent (56 of 76) at the foul line, while posting 12 double-doubles on the year. Keister led the Patriot League in total rebounding, offensive rebounds and double-doubles, while ranking second in defensive rebounds and third in field goal percentage. A four-time Patriot League Academic Honor Roll selection, Keister enters the 2010-2011 season with career totals of 609 points, 513 rebounds and 44 blocked shots, to go along with a field goal percentage of .522 (249 of 477).
A list of candidates for the 2011 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award follows.
For more information on the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award, visit www.seniorclassaward.com.
2011 LOWE'S SENIOR CLASS AWARD 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, Brigham Young
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