Nebraska senior Shavon Shields was one of 30 Division I men’s basketball players honored Tuesday, as he was named a candidate for the Senior CLASS Award.
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.
A three-year captain, Shields has started 101 consecutive games dating back to his freshman year. This year, he is averaging 15.4 points, 5.4 rebounds and 3.1 assists, as he ranks 10th in the Big Ten in scoring and first or second on the team in scoring, rebounding, assists and steals.
For his career, he is closing in on NU’s top-10 scoring list with 1,420 points and has 617 career rebounds, and is one of only seven players in school history with 1,400 points and 600 rebounds. In the classroom, Shields was a first-team CoSIDA Academic All-American in 2015 and a two-time academic All-Big Ten pick and is a nominee for the NABC Allstate Good Works team for his work in the community.
The list will be narrowed to 10 finalists in February, 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 male who best exemplify excellence in the four Cs of community, classroom, character and competition. The Senior CLASS Award winners will be announced during the 2016 NCAA Men’s Final Four®
Nebraska is one of only four schools (Oklahoma, Gonzaga and Albany) with both a men’s and women’s candidate, as Rachel Theriot was one of 30 women’s players on the Senior Class Award.
Nebraska point guard Rachel Theriot was selected as one of 30 candidates across the country for the 2016 Senior CLASS Award in NCAA Division I women’s basketball, the Senior CLASS Award announced on Tuesday.
Theriot is one of just three Big Ten student-athletes named to the list of candidates, joining her former club teammate and current Maryland center Malina Howard, and Ohio State guard Cait Craft.
Theriot joins Nebraska men’s basketball senior Shavon Shields as candidates for the award. Nebraska is one of only four schools nationally in Division I to have a male and female candidate in basketball, joining Oklahoma, Gonzaga and Albany.
A 6-0 senior from Middleburg Heights, Ohio, Theriot has helped guide the Husker women’s basketball team to three consecutive NCAA Tournament trips in her first three seasons at Nebraska. A candidate for the Naismith Trophy, the Allstate Good Works Team and CoSIDA Academic All-America honors in 2016, Theriot was a first-team All-Big Ten selection and an honorable-mention Associated Press All-American as a sophomore in 2014. She led the Huskers to the Big Ten Tournament championship as the tournament MVP in 2014. A two-time preseason All-Big Ten choice, Theriot had her junior season cut short by an ankle injury on Feb. 3, 2015. Before her injury, Nebraska owned a 17-4 record and was ranked in the top-15 nationally. She averaged 16.5 points, 4.2 rebounds and 5.2 assists in 21 games as a junior.
Theriot missed Nebraska’s final 11 games last season, and battled through more than six months of rehabilitation to be ready for the start of the 2015-16 season. As a senior, she is averaging 12.1 points per game, while leading the Big Ten Conference and ranking 12th nationally with 6.4 assists per game for the 12-5 Huskers who own a three-game Big Ten winning streak heading into Wednesday night’s game at first-place Purdue. She ranks fifth in Nebraska history with 553 career assists and owns more than 1,200 career points. Theriot is also one of the best three-point and free throw shooters by percentage in Nebraska history.
Off the court, Theriot is a two-time academic All-Big Ten selection and a six-time member of the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll. She is also a two-time member of the Tom Osborne Citizenship Team.