Five Pac-12 student-athletes named candidates for 2014 Senior CLASS Award

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- Four women’s and one men’s basketball student-athletes represent the Pac-12 as candidates for 2014 Senior CLASS Award, announced today. CALIFORNIA junior forward Gennifer Brandon, STANFORD senior forward Chiney Ogwumike, USC senior forward Cassie Harberts and UTAH senior forward Michelle Plouffe were named to the list that includes 30 NCAA women’s basketball players. Stanford junior forward Dwight Powell was selected to the 30-person list on the men’s side. 

Brandon, a junior from Sylmar, Calif., was a honorable mention Associate Press All-American in 2013 and a first team All-Pac-12 performer on a Golden Bears team that reached the NCAA Final Four for the first time in school history last year. She is majoring in American Studies and aspires to go into law enforcement or helping children in the juvenile system. 

Ogwumike, a senior from Cyprus, Texas, is a returning consensus All-American after leading the Pac-12 in scoring, rebounding and field-goal percentage (22.4 ppg, 12.9 rbpg, .586 fg pct). She is an international relations major at Stanford and has earned multiple honors for her academic work, including a CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-America first team honor in 2013. 

Harberts, a senior from San Clemente, Calif., enters her final season at USC ranked No. 16 all-time in scoring with 1,293 points and has started 95 games in her career. The human performance major with a nutrition and health promotion minor, is a two-time honorable mention Academic All-Pac-12 and a 2013 candidate for CoSIDA Academic All-American honors. 

Plouffe, a native of Edmonton, Alberta, is a two-time honorable mention Associate Press All-American and two-time All-Pac-12 performer on a Utes team that advanced to the WNIT Championship game in 2013. On pace to graduate in the spring, the communications major is a two-time honorable mention Academic All-Pac-12 selection. 

Powell, a junior from Toronto, Ontario, was an All-Pac-12 performer in 2012-13 and the Cardinal’s first-ever Pac-12 Most Improved Player. Also a second team Academic All-Pac-12 recipient, he was the only player to earn both All-Pac-12 and Pac-12 all-academic honors.

The award is given annually to a candidate who has notable achievements in four areas of excellence--community, classroom, character and competition.

Each of the 30 candidate classes will be narrowed to 10 finalists midway through the regular season and then coaches and fans will vote for one male and one female candidate. The winners will be announced during the 2013 Men’s and Women’s NCAA Finals Fours.

For the full list of candidates, click here

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