Alleyne, Hamblin named Senior CLASS All-Americans
SAN FRANCISCO - OREGON STATE’s Ruth Hamblin and OREGON’s Jillian Alleyne were named 2015-16 Senior CLASS All-Americans, which was announced today. Hamblin earned a sport on the first team while Alleyne was named to the second team.
The Senior CLASS All-Americans, chosen by a nationwide vote of Division I women’s basketball coaches, national basketball media and fans, are named annually to the most outstanding senior student-athletes in Division I women’s basketball. 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: classroom, community, character and competition. The Senior CLASS All-Americans have been named every year since 2003.
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.
Ruth Hamblin (Houston, British Columbia) is the first Oregon State player to earn the honor. Hamblin is averaging a double-double while helping to lead the Beavers to the program’s first-ever NCAA Women’s Final Four this weekend. Tallying 11.8 points and 10.0 rebounds per game, she ranks seventh in the country with 3.44 blocks per game. She is the Pac-12’s all-time leading shot blocker, becoming the second player in Conference history to record over 400 blocks in a career and the only player with three 100-block seasons. Hamblin is a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-District selection and a second team Academic All-American last year, she had a 3.85 grade point average in mechanical engineering.
Jillian Alleyne (Alleyne, Calif.) is the second Oregon Duck to earn Senior CLASS All-America honors after Amanda Johnson earned a spot on the first team in 2012. Alleyne is a communications disorders major and works extensively in the Eugene area with deaf and non-verbal children. The Pac-12’s all-time leading rebounder, having grabbed 1,712 boards in her career, she aspires to work as a speech pathologist and with children. On the court, she shattered the Conference's all-time rebounding average record, tallying 14.8 rpg in her career. The previous record was set by former UCLA great Natalie Williams, who averaged 12.8 rpg from 1991-94. In addition to those two records, she has recorded the most double-doubles in Pac-12 history at 92, ranking second all-time in NCAA history. Alleyne is also only one of 10 players in NCAA history to have scored 2,000-career points and grab 1,500 rebounds.
For more information on the Senior CLASS Award and the Senior CLASS All-America teams, visit www.seniorclassaward.com.
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