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Penn's Rosen Selected as Finalist for the 2011-12 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award

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Courtesy of Penn Athletic Communications

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -- Ten NCAA® men's basketball student-athletes who excel both on and off the court were selected as finalists today for the 2011-12 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award, and Penn senior guard Zack Rosen is among them.

The finalists were chosen by a media committee from the list of 30 candidates announced in November. Nationwide fan voting begins immediately to determine the winner (see above). Fan votes will be combined with media and Division I men's and women's basketball head coaches' votes to determine the winner.

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. The complete list of finalists follows this release.

An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the Lowe's 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. 

Rosen is certainly worthy of this recognition. The first three-time captain in the history of Penn men's basketball program, he has had an outstanding career. On January 4, Rosen became the program's all-time assist leader. The senior guard has also dished off more than 100 assists this season, making him the first player in Penn history to have four seasons with more than 100 assists. Rosen currently sits ninth on Penn's all-time scoring list with 1,469 points, fourth all-time in games started (101) and minutes played (3,664), sixth in three-pointers made (194), and seventh in free throws made (383).

A two-time first-team All-Ivy selection and a two-time Ivy League Player of the Week already this season, Rosen entered the week leading the Ivy League and 14th nationally in assists per game (6.2); second in the Ivy League and 13th nationally in free-throw percentage (.743); and second among Ivy players and 35th nationally in scoring (18.3 ppg). He is one of just 20 players still eligible for the Bob Cousy Award, given to the nation's top point guard.

Enrolled in Penn's prestigious Wharton School of Business with a concentration in business management, Rosen expects to graduate in May.

Lowe's, an official Corporate Partner of the NCAA, will announce the men's Senior CLASS Award® winner during the 2012 NCAA Men's Final Four®, which will be held March 31 and April 2 in New Orleans.

Men's Basketball Finalists 
William Buford, Guard, Ohio State
Ashton Gibbs, Guard, Pittsburgh
Draymond Green, Forward, Michigan State
Mick Hedgepeth, Forward, Belmont
Robbie Hummel, Forward, Purdue
Quinn McDowell, Forward, William and Mary
Ronald Nored, Guard, Butler
Zack Novak, Guard/Forward, Michigan
Zack Rosen, Guard, Penn
Tyler Zeller, Forward, North Carolina

ABOUT THE AWARD
An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the Lowe's 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. The award is sponsored by Lowe's, an official Corporate Partner of the NCAA, and is managed by Premier Sports Management. 

ABOUT LOWE'S
With fiscal year 2010 sales of $48.8 billion, Lowe's Companies, Inc. is a FORTUNE® 50 company that serves approximately 15 million customers a week at more than 1,725 home improvement stores in the United States, Canada and Mexico. Founded in 1946 and based in Mooresville, N.C., Lowe's is the second largest home improvement retailer in the world. Lowe's is an official Corporate Partner of the NCAA.

ABOUT THE NCAA
The NCAA is a membership-led nonprofit association of colleges and universities committed to supporting academic and athletics opportunities for more than 400,000 student-athletes at more than 1,000 member colleges and universities. Each year, more than 54,000 student-athletes compete in NCAA championships in Divisions I, II and III sports. Visit NCAA.org and NCAA.com for more details about the Association, its goals and members and corporate partnerships that help support programs for student-athletes.

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