UW's Gant Candidate for Senior CLASS Award

WALNUT CREEK, Calif.— WASHINGTON forward Darnell Gant has been selected as one of 30 candidates for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award for men's collegiate basketball, the award's staff announced Friday.

Gant, a Los Angeles, Calif., native, averaged 5.2 points per game and 3.8 rebounds per game last season, and is the sole representative of the Pac-12 Conference on the list.

To be eligible for candidacy, the student-athlete must be a senior and display excellence in four areas: community, classroom, character and competition. The CLASS award, standing for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, encourages student-athletes to use their platform in athletics to positively impact their communities.

The list of 30 candidates will be narrowed down to 10 finalists midway through the regular season. The finalists will have their names put on an official ballot and voted on nationally by media, coaches and fans.

Lowe's will announce the men's Senior CLASS Award winner during the 2012 NCAA Men's Final Four, which takes place March 31 and April 2 in New Orleans.

Gant's achievements and qualifications, along with the complete list of men's basketball candidates, can be found at www.seniorclassaward.com.

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