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Towson's Jerrelle Benimon

Benimon Among Candidates For Senior CLASS Award

Courtesy: CAA
          Release: 10/30/2013
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OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -- Towson University senior forward Jerrelle Benimon is one of 30 men’s basketball student-athletes who excel both on and off the court that were selected as candidates today for the 2013-14 Senior CLASS Award® in collegiate basketball.

Benimon is the first Towson men’s basketball player to be named a candidate for the Senior CLASS Award®.

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. The complete list of candidates follows this release.

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 Senior CLASS Award winners will be announced during the 2014 NCAA Men’s Final Four®.

The 30 candidates will be narrowed to 10 finalists midway through the regular season, 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 candidate who best exemplify excellence in the four Cs of community, classroom, character and competition. 

Benimon, a 2013 Associated Press Honorable Mention All-American and the 2013 CAA Player of the Year, ranked second in the nation with 20 double-doubles and third in the country with 11.2 rebounds per game as a junior. The 6-8 forward was the fourth-leading scorer in the CAA with 17.1 points per game and reached double figures in 27 of 31 outings.

Benimon helped guide Towson to an 18-13 overall record and a second-place finish in the CAA. The Tigers recorded the largest single-season turnaround in NCAA history during the 2012-13 season.

For more information on all the candidates, visit seniorCLASSaward.com.

Men's Basketball Candidates

Travis Bader, Oakland                                    Joe Jackson, Memphis
Jerrelle Benimon, Towson                            Walt Lemon Jr., Bradley
Kyle Boswell, UC Santa Barbara                    J.J. Mann, Belmont
Allan Chaney, High Point                                Doug McDermott, Creighton
Aaron Craft, Ohio State                                  Sean McGonagill, Brown
Jordan Dykstra, South Dakota State           Travis McKie, Wake Forest
Melvin Ejim, Iowa State                                  Jordan McRae, Tennessee
Dwayne Evans, Saint Louis                            Shabazz Napier, Connecticut
Chris Eversley, Cal Poly                                  Dennis Ogbe, Tennessee Tech
C.J. Fair, Syracuse                                           Kendrick Perry, Youngstown State
Tim Frazier, Penn State                                  Dwight Powell, Stanford
Jakob Gollon, Mercer                                      Augustine Rubit, South Alabama
Joe Harris, Virginia                                         Russ Smith, Louisville
Holton Hunsaker, Utah Valley                       Chris Udofia, Denver
Anthony Ireland, Loyola Marymount            Patric Young, Florida

ABOUT THE AWARD

An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the 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. Premier Sports Management manages the award. 

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