University of South Dakota & South Dakota State University
OVERLAND PARK, Kan.— South Dakota senior guard Allison Arens and South Dakota State senior's Macy Miller and Mike Daum were named as three of the 60 candidates for the men's and women's 2018-19 Senior CLASS Award Friday.
Arens is a team captain and the Coyotes' lone senior this season. She is a two-time all-Summit League first team selection, helping the Coyotes to a perfect 14-0 Summit League regular season title in 2018.
An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the 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. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior with notable achievements in the areas of community, classroom, character and competition.
A native of Crofton, Nebraska, Arens is an elementary education major at South Dakota with a 3.84 grade-point average. She earned 2017 CoSIDA Academic All-District honors and is a two-time Academic All-Summit League honoree.
Arens became South Dakota's 25th 1,000-point scorer in the season opener at Creighton. She averages nearly 10 points, four rebounds and 2.5 rebounds per game for her career. Arens holds five school records from the free-throw line, including her career percentage of 86.9. She's reached double figures in 51 of her 107 career games with 16 games above 20 points.
In the Vermillion community, Arens and her teammates volunteer with several different programs. She's involved with the Jolley Elementary School reading program, serves food at the Vermillion Welcome Table and volunteers with special needs students at Vermillion High School. Other activities the Coyotes have been involved with include an afternoon playing softball with the Miracle League of Sioux City, recycling and packaging goods for a food drive at the Vermillion Armory and sang Christmas carols at the Vermillion nursing home.
Miller, an exercise science major, is one of nine student-athletes from the mid-major ranks and one of two from The Summit League (Allison Arens, South Dakota) named to the list. Last year, Ellie Thompson was also a candidate for the award.
Miller, the reigning Summit League Player of the Year, ranks third in the league in scoring (18.1) and in the top 10 in four other statistical categories. She was named one of 35 candidates for the 2019 Wade Trophy and picked up Summit League Player of the Week honors Nov. 19.
She is 44 points shy of becoming South Dakota State's all-time scoring leader, 156 points short of 2,000 career points and she needs 434 points to become The Summit League's career scoring leader.
Miller is a two-time Summit League All-Academic selection, a Summit League Commissioner's List of Academic Excellence recipient and a Distinguished Scholar on The Summit League Academic Honor Roll. She was also named to the SDSU Dean's list four times.
In the community, the Mitchell native has been a SAAC officer for two years, helping to raise more than 40,000 pounds of food for the local food pantry. She has also read books to elementary students in the Brookings community. As a member of the Brookings FCA, Miller packed boxes for Operation Christmas Child and had a mission trip to Belize where she cleaned churches, ran sports camps and ran Bible school.
All-American Mike Daum paces the Jackrabbit offense with a double-double average of 24.1 points and 11.2 rebounds per game, shooting 51.4 percent from the field with 18 3-point field goals. Daum has dished 18 assists as well on the year and is playing 32.2 minutes per contest. The two-time Summit League Player of the Year now has 2,449 career points and ranks first all-time on SDSU's career scoring chart.
The list of candidates will be narrowed to 10 finalists in February. Those names will be placed on the official ballot and voted on by nationwide media, coaches and fans. The Senior CLASS Award winner will be announced at the 2019 NCAA Women's Final Four.
|Kristine Anigwe||Cal Berkeley||Megan Huff||Utah|
|Allison Arens||South Dakota||Paris Kea||North Carolina|
|Sammie Bachrodt||Drake||Jessica Kovatch||Saint Francis|
|Cassidy Barrios||Nicholls State||Deanna Kuzmanic||Alabama|
|Allazia Blockton||Marquette||Kitija Laksa||South Florida|
|Bianca Boggs||William & Mary||Kennedy Leonard||Colorado|
|Kalani Brown||Baylor||Teaira McCowan||Mississippi State|
|KeKe Calloway||Mercer||Macy Miller||South Dakota State|
|Bridget Carleton||Iowa State||Teniya Page||Penn State|
|Napheesa Collier||Connecticut||Katie Powell||UNLV|
|Sophie Cunningham||Missouri||Tori Schickel||Butler|
|Asia Durr||Louisville||Alanna Smith||Stanford|
|Mart'e Grays||DePaul||Hallie Thome||Michigan|
|Megan Gustafson||Iowa||Brianna Turner||Notre Dame|
|Presley Hudson||Central Michigan||Courtney Woods||Northern Illinois|
|Zach Braxton||Weber State||Juwan Morgan||Indiana|
|Devontae Cacok||UNC Wilmington||Matt Morgan||Cornell|
|Isaac Copeland||Nebraska||Trey Moses||Ball State|
|Clayton Custer||Loyola Chicago||Zane Najdawi||The Citadel|
|Mike Daum||South Dakota State||Michael Nzei||Seton Hall|
|Jon Elmore||Marshall||Josh Perkins||Gonzaga|
|Frankie Ferrari||San Francisco||Trey Phills||Yale|
|Jaire Grayer||George Mason||Paul Rowley||William & Mary|
|Ethan Happ||Wisconsin||Tyler Seibring||Elon|
|Aric Holman||Mississippi State||TJ Shorts II||UC Davis|
|Dwayne Lautier-Ogunleye||Bradley||Chris Silva||South Carolina|
|Kimbal Mackenzie||Bucknell||Lance Tejada||Lehigh|
|Terance Mann||Florida State||Reid Travis||Kentucky|
|Luke Maye||North Carolina||Dylan Windler||Belmont|
|Drew McDonald||Northern Kentucky||Justin Wright-Foreman||Hofstra|