Brown’s McGonagill, Cornell’s DiMagno Named Candidates For Senior CLASS Award
Portions of this story courtesy of Brown Athletics Communications and Cornell Athletic Communications
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -- Among the sixty
men’s and women’s basketball student-athletes announced
as candidates for the 2013-14 Senior CLASS Award® appeared two
familiar names: Brown senior Sean McGonagill and
Cornell senior Allyson DiMagno.
The 60 student-athletes were chosen for excelling both on and off the court. 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.
A captain for the upcoming 2013-14 season, DiMagno is an accomplished and well-rounded student with a 3.77 grade-point average in biological sciences (biochemistry emphasis) with a minor in business. She serves as an academic tutor, helping her fellow student-athletes in classes ranging from general chemistry to financial accounting. DiMagnio was an Academic All-Ivy selection in 2012-13, and she was also the first-ever Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-District first-team selection in the history of the Cornell women’s basketball program.
On the court, DiMagno was an All-Ivy selection a year ago after she setting the school record for rebounds in a single season (321). Despite standing at just 5-11, she finished the year ranked 12th in the nation and led the conference in rebounds per game (11.5). DiMagno was also the Big Red’s leading scorer and averaged a double-double on the year (14.7 points, 11.5 rebounds), finishing the season with 16 double-doubles.
In the community DiMagno has volunteered at special events, including the Special Olympics, the Make-A-Wish-Make-A-Swish event, and a Be The Match bone marrow drive. She is also involved in numerous volunteer projects each semester as a member of SAAC, and Quill and Dagger. DiMagno has also volunteered for the Loaves and Fishes Soup Kitchen in Ithaca, and has helped organized the basketball team’s Adopt-a-Family initiative each Christmas. Last summer, she volunteered in the Adolescent Psychiatry Ward at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, N.Y.
McGonagill’s 1,113 career points in three years at Brown are 19th best in Brown history, while his 413 career assists rank third in the Brown record book. A first team All-Ivy selection a year ago, McGonagill was the Ivy League’s fourth leading scorer with 14.0 points per game and also ranked fourth in the league in assists.
McGonagill is also the epitome of a team player according to head coach Mike Martin. “We can always count on him to do things the right way, both on and off the court,” said Martin. “He handles success with great modesty and humility while also bouncing back from defeat with great determination. We want our young players around him as much as possible to see how he carries himself on a daily basis, embracing all that there is available on our campus.”
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.
Of the 60 candidates, 20 have grade point averages of 3.5 or higher. There are eight CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-Americans® and seven returning All-Americans. Twenty-four of the 32 NCAA Division I basketball-playing conferences are represented as well.
The Senior CLASS Award winners will be announced during the 2014 NCAA Men’s Final Four® and NCAA Women’s Final Four®.
Each of the 30 candidate classes will be narrowed to 10 finalists midway through the regular season, 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 exemplify excellence in the four Cs of community, classroom, character and competition.