Weems Named Candidate for Lowe's Senior CLASS Award
Nov. 4, 2011
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - Missouri State senior Kyle Weems (F, Topeka, Kan.) is one of 30 NCAA men's basketball student-athletes selected as candidates today (Nov. 4) for the 2011-12 Lowe's 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 top 30 candidates are selected from the complete pool of nominations submitted by sports information directors at each Division I institution.
Weems, an AP All-America honorable mention pick last year, was named Missouri Valley Conference Preseason Player of the Year for 2011-12. Last season, he averaged 16.0 points and 6.9 rebounds to go with 66 three-pointers and 48 steals. He was also named to the NABC All-District Team, USBWA All-Region Team and earned the MVC Larry Bird Player of the Year Award while helping the Bears to a 26-9 campaign and the program's first-ever MVC regular season title.
He is ranked as the No. 38 Division I player by CBSSports.com, No. 27 by BasketballProspectus.com and is one of just three returning DI players who averaged at least 16.0 points and 6.0 rebounds with at least 60 three-pointers. He is the MVC's active leader in scoring (1,368), three-pointers (179), rebounds (615) and blocked shots (94), while ranking second among active league players in steals (127).
The 2011-12 candidate class includes three men's players who were members of last year's CoSIDA Academic All-American team, one Associated Press All-American (Weems), and seven players who are on teams ranked in the Associated Press preseason top 25 poll.
Weems is the only MVC player named as a candidate for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award this year. Other candidates include: Tim Abromaitis (F, Notre Dame); William Buford (G, Ohio State); Kyle Bullinger (F, Weber State); Scott Christopherson (G, Iowa State); Darnell Gant (F, Washington);
Ashton Gibbs (G, Pittsburgh); Drew Gordon (F, New Mexico); Malcolm Grant (G, Miami); Draymond Green (F, Michigan State); Justin Greene (F, Kent State); Reggie Hamilton (G, Oakland); Mick Hedgepeth (F, Belmont); Robbie Hummel (F, Purdue); Bernard James (F, Florida State); Orlando Johnson (G, UC Santa Barbara); Jarrod Jones (F, Ball State); Kevin Jones (F, West Virginia); Quinn McDowell (F, William and Mary); Darius Miller (G, Kentucky); Ronald Nored (G, Butler); Zack Novak (G/F, Michigan); Zack Rosen (G, Pennsylvania); Jesse Sanders (G, Liberty); Tanner Smith (G, Clemson); Jordan Taylor (G, Wisconsin); Erving Walker (G, Florida); Demetrius Ward (G, Western Michigan); Chris Wroblewski (G, Cornell); Tyler Zeller (F, North Carolina).
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, Division I men's and women's coaches and fans who will select one finalist who best exemplifies excellence in the four Cs of community, classroom, character and competition. For more information on all the candidates, visit www.seniorCLASSaward.com.
An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the Lowe's 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.
Lowe's, an official Corporate Partner of the NCAA, will announce the men's Senior CLASS Award® winner during the 2012 NCAA Men's Final Four®, which will be held March 31 and April 2 in New Orleans. The women's award winner will be announced during the NCAA Women's Final Four®, which will be held April 1 and 3 in Denver.