Bowling Green, Ky. — Western Kentucky University guard Ty Rogers is among 30 players who have been selected as candidates for the 2007-08 Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award, it was announced Tuesday.
The award, which is presented annually to the NCAA Division I Student-Athlete of the Year in eight sports, focuses on the “Four C’s” of classroom, character, community and competition. Lowe’s, an official corporate partner of the NCAA, will award the winners with trophies during the respective men’s and women’s NCAA Final Four weekends. An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the award was launched during the 2001-02 season to honor the attributes of college basketball seniors who remain committed to their university and pursue the many rewards that a senior season and complete college education brings.
From the list of 30 nominees, a national media committee will select 10 finalists for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award in January 2008. Those names will be placed on the official ballot for a nationwide vote during the NCAA Tournament in March. Fan balloting will be coupled with votes from coaches and media to determine the recipient.
A native of Eddyville, Ky., Rogers is in his final season of eligibility on the Hill. He’s appeared in 102 games during his career, as he currently ranks fifth with 155 three-point field goals and is 10th with a 36.8 three-point field-goal percentage in the school’s all-time record books. Off the court, Rogers was a first-team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District IV selection last winter while he has won the team’s academic award at the postseason banquet each of the last three years.
Rogers enters Wednesday’s game against Nebraska averaging six points and two rebounds per contest this season, and he stands 12th in the Sun Belt Conference shooting 44.4 percent from beyond the arc. For the year, he is shooting 53.3 percent from the field overall.
The award was conceived by sportscaster Dick Enberg, who continues to serve as Honorary Chairman. It was inspired by the remarkable story of former Duke basketball player Shane Battier, who could have been an NBA lottery pick but returned to college for his senior season and led the Blue Devils to the 2001 national championship.
Previous winners of the men’s award include Juan Dixon of Maryland (2002), David West of Xavier (2003), Jameer Nelson of St. Joseph’s (2004), Wayne Simien of Kansas (2005), J.J. Redick of Duke (2006) and Alando Tucker of Wisconsin (2007).