SENIOR CLASS AWARD
|Braian Angola||Florida State|
|Joel Berry II||North Carolina|
|Jevon Carter||West Virginia|
|Angel Delgado||Seton Hall|
|Ben Emelogu II||SMU|
|A.J. Jacobson||North Dakota|
|Justin Johnson||Western Kentucky|
|Kodi Justice||Arizona State|
|Cameron Morse||Youngstown State|
|Albert Owens||Oral Roberts|
|Gerdarius Troutman||Florida Atlantic|
|Kevin Vannatta||UNC Asheville|
|Mitchell Wilbekin||Wake Forest|
|Thomas Wilder||Western Michigan|
HOUSTON – University of Houston senior guard Rob Gray was one of 30 student-athletes selected nationally as a candidate for the 2017-18 Senior CLASS Award in college 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: 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.
Each of the candidates also volunteers his or her time with charitable organizations and causes while upholding a reputation for positive character on campus and in the community.
The 30-candidate class will be narrowed to fields of 10 finalists in February, and those 10 names will be placed on the official ballot. Ballots will be distributed through a nationwide voting system to media, coaches and fans, who will select one male candidate and one female candidate who best exemplifies excellence in the four Cs of community, classroom, character and competition.
The Senior CLASS Award winners will be announced during the 2018 NCAA Men’s Final Four® and NCAA Women’s Final Four® this spring. For more information on each of the candidates, visit seniorCLASSaward.com.
ABOUT Rob Gray
Gray has been an award winner in 2017-18 and throughout his collegiate career with the Cougars. In the preseason he was named to the John R. Wooden Award Preseason Top 50 and was placed on the Watch List for the Jerry West Award, presented annually to the nation’s top off-guard.
This season, Gray leads the Cougars and is tied for the lead in the American Athletic Conference with 19.9 points per game. The Forest City, N.C., native has scored in double digits in all but one game with seven 20-point efforts.
He was named a Hall of Fame Holiday Showcase Most Valuable Player after leading the Cougars to a win at Providence and was selected for the Paradise Jam All-Tournament Team.
In 2016-17, Gray led the Cougars and the American Athletic Conference with 20.6 points per game, becoming Houston’s eighth conference scoring champion in school history and the first since Aubrey Coleman led the nation in 2010.
He was named to the All-American Athletic Conference First Team and was selected to the USBWA All-District VII Team and the NABC All-District 25 Second Team.
Gray was named to the Gulf Coast Showcase All-Tournament Team after leading Houston to its first regular-season tournament title since 1991 and was a two-time American Athletic Conference Player of the Week selection.
Gray became the 46th player in school history to score more than 1,000 points during his Cougar career and was the 12th-fastest player to reach that milestone. He currently ranks 22nd in Houston history with 1,302 career points.
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