Gators' Patric Young among 10 men's basketball finalists for CLASS Award
Senior center Patric Young has been named a 2014 Senior CLASS Award finalist, one of 10 NCAA Division I men's basketball finalists, which were chosen by national media from a list of 30 men's candidates that were announced in October.
The Senior CLASS Award, chosen by a nationwide vote of NCAA Division I head coaches, national media and fans, is given annually to the most outstanding senior student-athlete in 10 Division I sports.
To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character and competition.
Since its inception in 2001, there have been 69 winners from 53 different schools. More than 600 nominations are submitted each year in men’s and women’s soccer, volleyball, football, men’s and women’s basketball, hockey, lacrosse, softball and baseball. An average of 250 schools submit nominations each year.
Nationwide fan voting has begun to help select the winner. Fans can visit the Senior CLASS Award website through March 24 to vote for Young.
Fan votes will be combined with media and Division I head coaches' votes to determine the winners. The Senior CLASS Award winners will be announced during the 2014 NCAA Men's Final Four.