Johnson named preseason candidate for Lowe's Senior CLASS Award
Nov. 5, 2010
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -- University of Texas senior forward Gary Johnson has been named one of 30 candidates for the Division I Lowe's Senior CLASS Award in the sport of men's basketball.
To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as a NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: classroom, character, community and competition. An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the 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.
On the court, Johnson enters his senior season having played in 88 career games (17 starts). A two-time Big 12 Conference All-Reserve Team selection (as a sophomore and junior), Johnson ranked third on the team in rebounding (5.6 rpg), second in field goal percentage (.547) and sixth in scoring (9.4 ppg) last year.
In the classroom, Johnson is a two-time Academic All-Big 12 First Team choice (as a sophomore and junior) and a four-time Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll member (minimum 3.0 GPA for the semester).
Lowe's, an official corporate partner of the NCAA, will announce the men's basketball Senior CLASS Award winner at the 2011 NCAA Men's Final Four in Houston. This marks the 10th year for the basketball division of the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award.
The candidate class will be narrowed to 10 men's 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 University of Texas has had a men's basketball player named as a finalist for the prestigious award in each of the last two seasons. A.J. Abrams was a finalist for the honor during the 2008-09 season, and Damion James earned a spot on the list of finalists last year.
Texas tips off the 2010-11 season when it hosts Navy as part of the 2K Sports Classic benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer on Monday, Nov. 8. Tip is set for 8 p.m. Central at the Frank Erwin Center, and the game will be televised nationally by ESPNU.