Top Seniors Nominated For 2005-06 Bayer Advantage® Senior Class Award

Dec. 6, 2005

Kansas City, Mo. - The top 30 male and female candidates for the 2005-06 Bayer Advantage® Senior CLASS Award - the nation's premier tribute to college seniors - were announced today. The award, now in its fifth year, is presented annually to the nation's senior player-of-the-year for NCAA Division I men's and women's basketball.

With the nomination of the 60 names (roster attached), a record number of schools with two candidates has been set for both the men's and women's categories. On the men's side, seven teams have double candidates: Duke, Iowa, Michigan State, Stanford, Villanova and Wake Forest. On the women's side, six schools have two nominees: Connecticut, Duke, Michigan State, Texas Tech, UCLA and Utah. Eleven different conferences are represented, led by the Big East with seven male and six female candidates.

An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the award was launched during the 2001-02 season in response to the trend of college basketball players leaving college early to turn professional.

Sportscaster Dick Enberg, who initiated the idea for the award and now serves as Honorary Chairman, will announce the winner during the CBS telecast of the NCAA Men's Final Four next April.

From the list of 30 nominees for each gender, a national media committee will select 10 finalists for the award in February as the conference season hits its peak. Those ten names will be placed on the official ballot for a nationwide voting process during the NCAA Tournament in March. Fan balloting will be coupled with results from voting by coaches and media to determine the male and female winner.

While performance on the basketball court is the defining attribute, candidates must maintain NCAA student-athlete academic standards and be working towards a degree. The foundation of the award is based on commitment to their university and their education while achieving on the basketball court. The remarkable story of Shane Battier returning to lead Duke to the national championship in 2001 inspired the inception of the award.

'Bayer's business is built on the principles of commitment, dedication, potential and opportunity. The Senior Class Award and those nominated exemplify these ideals,' said Joerg Ohle, President and General Manager, Bayer HealthCare, Animal Health Division. 'We are extremely pleased to be part of this celebration and the recognition of those players who capitalize on the full opportunities available as a collegian.'

Previous winners of the men's award include Juan Dixon of Maryland (2002), David West of Xavier (2003), Jameer Nelson of St. Joseph's (2004) and Wayne Simien of Kansas in 2005.

2005-06 Men's Nominees

Hassan Adams 6'4' Sr. G Arizona
Maurice Ager 6'5' Sr. G Michigan State
Brandon Bowman 6'8' Sr. F Georgetown
Dee Brown 5'11' Sr. G Illinois
Greg Brunner 6'7' Sr. F Iowa
Nik Caner-Medley 6'8' Sr. F Maryland
Rodney Carney 6'7' Sr. F Memphis
Mardy Collins 6'6' Sr. G Temple
Chuck Davis 6'7' Sr. F Alabama
Paul Davis 6'11' Sr. C Michigan State
Taquan Dean 6'3' Sr. G Louisville
Randy Foye 6'4' Sr. G Villanova
Mike Gansey 6'4' Sr. F West Virginia
Justin Gray 6'2' Sr. G Wake Forest
Taj Gray 6'9' Sr. F Oklahoma
V. Grier 6'5' Sr. G/F Minnesota
Dan Grunfeld 6'6' Sr. G Stanford
Chris Hernandez 6'2' Sr. G Stanford
Jeff Horner 6'3' Sr. G Iowa
Gerry McNamara 6'2' Sr. G Syracuse
Kevin Pittsnogle 6'11' Sr. C West Virginia
J.J. Redick 6'4' Sr. G Duke
Allan Ray 6'2' Sr. G Villanova
Brandon Roy 6'6' Sr. G Washington
Craig Smith 6'7' Sr. F Boston College
Steven Smith 6'7' Sr. F LaSalle
Patrick Sparks 6'0' Sr. G Kentucky
Eric Williams 6'9' Sr. C Wake Forest
Shelden Williams 6'9' Sr. F Duke
Curtis Withers 6'8' Sr. F Charlotte

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