Senior men’s basketball student-athlete Justin Hare has been selected as a candidate for the 2007-08 Lowe’s Senior Class Award. This is the latest national honor for Hare in his decorated Belmont career. A 2007 Second Team Academic All-American and twice Academic All-District selection, the Cleveland, Tenn. native was named Atlantic Sun Conference Male Student-Athlete of the Year this past June. Hare sports a 3.86 GPA in his chosen major of exercise science and health promotion.
Hare is one of 30 senior male college basketball student-athletes to be nominated for the prestigious award. The Lowe’s Senior Class Award is presented annually to the NCAA Division I Student-Athlete of the Year in eight sports, focusing on the “Four C’s” of classroom, character, community and competition. From the list of 30 nominees for each gender, a national media committee will select 10 finalists for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award in January 2008. Those 10 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 male and female recipients. 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.
Now in its seventh year for basketball, the award has developed into the nation’s premier tribute for college seniors. The award was conceived by legendary sportscaster Dick Enberg, who continues to serve as Honorary Chairman.