Battey Named Candidate For 2021-22 Senior CLASS Award
BOULDER – The University of Colorado's Evan Battey has been named a candidate for the 2021-22 Senior CLASS Award, the organization announced on Tuesday.
Battey is one of 60 NCAA men's and women's basketball student-athletes, who excel both on and off the court, that were honored.
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: community, classroom, character and competition.
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.
Battey, a 6-8 forward from Los Angeles, is Colorado's active leader in scoring and rebounding; recently becoming the 38th player in team history to reach 1,000 points. He is a Preseason All-Pac-12 Conference selection.
Battey was one of two inaugural recipients of the Colorado Athletics Visibility Award (CAVA), a scholarship program with the purpose of creating a community of collegiate scholar-athletes who have a desire to use their platform, power and visibility in their role as athletes to advance LGBTQ+ inclusion in sport.
Battey has represented Colorado well outside the campus as well. He was one of two student-athlete representatives to serve on the Pac-12's Mental Health Task Force. In addition, he served on the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Player Development Coalition, which comprised of 11 players nationally that met quarterly to provide feedback to the NABC regarding issues faced by college basketball players.
Battey graduated from Colorado in August, earning his degree in Journalism. He is currently pursuing a Master's Degree in Organizational Leadership.
The men's and women's candidates will be narrowed to two fields of 10 finalists later in the season, and those names will be placed on the official ballot. Ballots will be distributed through a nationwide voting system to media, coaches and fans, who will then select one male candidate and one female candidate who best exemplifies excellence in the four C's of community, classroom, character and competition.
The Senior CLASS Award winners will be announced during the 2022 NCAA Men's Final Four® and NCAA Women's Final Four® this spring.
For more information on the candidates, please visit www.seniorclassaward.com.
2021-22 Senior CLASS Award Men's Basketball Candidates
Alex Barcello, BYU Ryan Hawkins, Creighton
Evan Battey, Colorado ShanQuan Hemphill, Drake
Jules Bernard, UCLA Myles Johnson, UCLA
Buddy Boeheim, Syracuse Jarkel Joiner, Ole Miss
Eli Brooks, Michigan Gavin Kensmil, Stephen F. Austin
Garrison Brooks, Mississippi State Isaac Likekele, Oklahoma State
Brad Davison, Wisconsin Kameron McGusty, Miami
Anthony Duruji, Florida Alex Morales, Wagner
Trent Frazier, Illinois Justyn Mutts, Virginia Tech
John Fulkerson, Tennessee Austin Phyfe, Northern Iowa
Jacob Gilyard, Richmond D'Shawn Schwartz, George Mason
Tanner Groves, Oklahoma Eli Scott, Loyola Marymount
Tate Hall, Loyola Chicago Sasha Stefanovic, Purdue
Ron Harper Jr., Rutgers Hunter Tyson, Clemson
John Harrar, Penn State Lucas Williamson, Loyola Chicago
2021-22 Senior CLASS Award Women's Basketball Candidates
Shakira Austin, Ole Miss Tylee Irwin, South Dakota State
Katie Benzan, Maryland Morgan Jones, Florida State
Grace Berger, Indiana Dorka Juhász, UConn
Conley Chinn, Belmont Lotta-Maj Lahtinen, Georgia Tech
Elissa Cunane, NC State Jordan Lewis, Baylor
Andra Espinoza-Hunter, Seton Hall Sonya Morris, DePaul
Dru Gylten, Utah Olivia Nelson-Ododa, UConn
Gabi Haack, Bradley Ali Patberg, Indiana
Sara Hamson, BYU Aisha Sheppard, Virginia Tech
Lauren Heard, TCU NaLyssa Smith, Baylor
Lexi Held, DePaul Sam Thomas, Arizona
Destanni Henderson, South Carolina Lauren Van Kleunen, Marquette
Naz Hillmon, Michigan Abby Wahl, Eastern Illinois
Rhyne Howard, Kentucky Christyn Williams, UConn
Lexie Hull, Stanford Macee Williams, IUPUI
ABOUT THE AWARD
An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the Senior CLASS Award honors the attributes of senior student-athletes in four areas: community, classroom, character and competition. The award program is designed exclusively for college seniors who are utilizing their complete athletic eligibility, remaining committed to their university and pursuing the many rewards a senior season can bring. Premier Sports Management manages the award.