Feb. 7, 2012
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue seniors Robbie Hummel and Brittany Rayburn are finalists for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award, an honor that recognizes excellence both on and off the court. Purdue is the only school to have both a men's and women's basketball player as finalists and currently Rayburn holds a slight lead in the fan voting, while Hummel is in second place by a 1.6 percent.
Your vote matters, as fan balloting counts for one-third of the total tabulation with the remaining two-thirds determined by NCAA Division I coaches and national media members. Fans can vote daily at both seniorclassaward.com and the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award Facebook page through midnight CT March 18. You may vote once per day on all your devices, including smartphones, on the website and once per day on Facebook.
Hummel leads the Boilermakers with averages of 15.2 points, 6.2 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game this season. The two-time first-team All-Big Ten selection and 2010 All-American currently ranks sixth in program history with 754 rebounds and 18th in scoring with 1,549 points.
Rayburn leads the Boilermakers in scoring for third-straight year and was named National Player of the Week and Big Ten Player of the Week after she tied a 17-year-old NCAA women's basketball record with 12 three-pointers at Minnesota on Jan. 12. The Attica, Ind., native is eighth in career scoring with 1,629 points and third for three-pointers with 183. This season she is averaging 14.0 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game, while carrying a 3.7 cumulative GPA as an animal sciences major with a minor in biology.
To be eligible for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award, a student athlete must be a senior at a Division I institution and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence - community, classroom, character and competition.
An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the Lowe's 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.
Men's Top Five - Lowe's Senior CLASS Award Standings (as of Feb. 7)
1. Draymond Green, MSU - 21%
2. Robbie Hummel, Purdue - 19.6%
3. Ronald Nored, Butler - 16.6%
4. Tyler Zeller, North Carolina - 12.5%
5. Zack Novak, Michigan - 9.1%
Women's Top Five - Lowe's Senior CLASS Award Standings (as of Feb. 7)
1. Brittany Rayburn, Purdue - 21.7%
2. Emily Johnson, UC Santa Barbara - 19.6%
3. Natalie Novosel, Notre Dame - 14%
4. Lauren Edwards, Princeton - 10.4%
5. Justine Raterman, Dayton - 8.3%