February 7, 2016

Creighton’s McDermott and Nebraska’s Hooper finalists for Senior CLASS Award

Creighton basketball star Doug McDermott and Nebraska basketball star Jordan Hooper were selected as a finalist for the 2013-14 Senior CLASS Award in collegiate 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. An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the 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.

The finalists were chosen by national media from the list of 30 men’s candidates and 30 women’s candidates announced in October. Nationwide fan voting begins immediately to help select the winner. Fans are encouraged to vote on the Senior CLASS Award website through March 24. Fan votes will be combined with media and Division I head coaches’ votes to determine the winners. The Senior CLASS Award winners will be announced during the 2014 NCAA Men’s Final Four and NCAA Women’s Final Four.

McDermott is averaging 25.3 points and 7.1 rebounds per game while helping Creighton to a 19-4 record and No. 18 national ranking. He owns eight games of 30 or more points, has hit a pair of game-winning baskets, and is also considered a top contender for the Wooden Award, Oscar Robertson Trophy and Naismith Award.

Hooper has become the third Husker and fifth Big Ten player in history to reach the combined career milestones of 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds. Hooper averaged 25.0 points, 11.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists to earn her eighth career Big Ten Player-of-the-Week award on Feb. 3. She has pushed her career totals to 2,111 points and 1,023 rebounds.

Men’s Basketball Finalists

Doug McDermott, Creighton
Aaron Craft, Ohio State
Tim Frazier, Penn State
Jordan Dykstra, South Dakota State
Melvin Ejim, Iowa State
Shabazz Napier, Connecticut
Dwayne Evans, Saint Louis
Russ Smith, Louisville
C.J. Fair, Syracuse
Patric Young, Florida

Women’s Basketball Finalists

Jordan Hooper, Nebraska
Heather Butler, Tennessee-Martin
Natasha Howard, Florida State
Hallie Christofferson, Iowa State
Maggie Lucas, Penn State
Jerica Coley, Florida International
Chiney Ogwumike, Stanford
Stefanie Dolson, Connecticut
Haley Peters, Duke
Odyssey Sims, Baylor


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