Jordan McRae one of 30 candidates for Senior Class Award

Lexington, KY - January 15, 2013: guard Jordan McRae #52 of the Tennessee Volunteers during the game between Kentucky Wildcats and the Tennessee Volunteers at Rupp Arena in Lexington, KY. Photo By Donald Page/Tennessee Athletics

Lexington, KY - January 15, 2013: guard Jordan McRae #52 of the Tennessee Volunteers during the game between Kentucky Wildcats and the Tennessee Volunteers at Rupp Arena in Lexington, KY. Photo By Donald Page/Tennessee Athletics

Knoxville, Tenn.--(UTSports) Tennessee senior Jordan McRae is one of 30 student-athletes selected as candidates Wednesday 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.

A shooting guard from Midway, Ga., McRae is one of the nation’s top returning scorers from a season ago. He averaged 19.2 points per game in SEC contests a year ago while shooting 39 percent from 3-point range.

Other noteworthy names joining McRae on the candidate list include Aaron Craft (Ohio State), C.J. Fair (Syracuse), Doug McDermott (Creighton) and Shabazz Napier (UConn). Florida’s Patric Young is the only other Southeastern Conference player on the candidate list.

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

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 Final Four.

Each of the 30 candidate classes (for different NCAA sports) 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 candidate who best exemplifies excellence in the four Cs of community, classroom, character and competition.

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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.

2013-14 BASKETBALL SENIOR CLASS AWARD CANDIDATES
Travis Bader, Oakland
Jerrelle Benimon, Towson
Kyle Boswell, UC Santa Barbara
Allan Chaney, High Point
Aaron Craft, Ohio State
Jordan Dykstra, South Dakota State
Melvin Ejim, Iowa State
Dwayne Evans, Saint Louis
Chris Eversley, Cal Poly
C.J. Fair, Syracuse
Tim Frazier, Penn State
Jakob Gollon, Mercer
Joe Harris, Virginia
Holton Hunsaker, Utah Valley
Anthony Ireland, Loyola Marymount
Joe Jackson, Memphis
Walt Lemon Jr., Bradley
J.J. Mann, Belmont
Doug McDermott, Creighton
Sean McGonagill, Brown
Travis McKie, Wake Forest
Jordan McRae, Tennessee
Shabazz Napier, Connecticut
Dennis Ogbe, Tennessee Tech
Kendrick Perry, Youngstown State
Dwight Powell, Stanford
Augustine Rubit, South Alabama
Russ Smith, Louisville
Chris Udofia, Denver
Patric Young, Florida


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