OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - A pair of Summit League men's basketball student-athletes, North Dakota State's A.J. Jacobson and Oral Roberts' Albert Owens, were named to the list of 30 Senior Class Award candidates. 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.
Jacobson is a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-American, earning first-team honors as a junior (2017) and third-team honors as a sophomore (2016). He graduated with his bachelor's degree in zoology following his junior season (May 2017) with a 3.992 cumulative GPA and has now begun an MBA program. Following his collegiate career, he will enter dental school. On the court, he has started all 105 games he has played in his time at NDSU, averaging 32 minutes per game for his career. He is averaging 11.3 points and 4.4 rebounds per game for his career, making 50+ three-pointers in each of his three seasons.
Owens graduated in three years with his bachelor's degree in history, earning Most Outstanding History Senior Paper, Most Outstanding History Major and Overall Outstanding Student for the history, humanities government, international community development, liberal arts studies and social studies majors. He served as an intern for Congressman Jim Bridenstine while working on his undergraduate work. On the court, he is fifth in ORU history with 133 career blocks, and scored his 1,000th career point earlier this season. He is currently at 1,146 career points and 470 career rebounds, trying to become just the 16th player in ORU history to reach 1,000 points and 500 rebounds.
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.
Each of the candidates also volunteers his or her time with charitable organizations and causes while upholding a reputation for positive character on campus and in the community.
The 30 candidates will be narrowed to fields of 10 finalists in February, and those 10 names will be placed on the official ballot. Ballots will be distributed through a nationwide voting system to media, coaches and fans, who will select one male candidate and one female candidate who best exemplifies excellence in the four Cs of community, classroom, character and competition.
The Senior CLASS Award winners will be announced during the 2018 NCAA Men's Final Four® this spring. For more information on each of the candidates, visit seniorCLASSaward.com.
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