Overland Park, Kan. -- Youngstown State senior Cameron Morse was one of 60 NCAA® men's and women's basketball student-athletes who excel both on and off the court were selected as candidates today for the 2017-18 Senior CLASS Award® in collegiate 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. The complete list of candidates follows this release.
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.
Morse, who is the only player from the Horizon League or a school from the state of Ohio selected, posted a 3.47 GPA in his most recent semester and is on track to graduate in May of 2018. He has spent many hours doing community service while at Youngstown State and has been involved in the Panerathon (a community walk/run event that raises money for breast cancer) several times. He also spearheaded an effort to deliver 60 cases of bottled water to his hometown of Flint, Mich.
A two-time All-Horizon League selection and a 2017 NABC All-Region First-Team pick, Morse ranks 10th in school history with 1,603 points and fourth all-time with 178 career 3-pointers made.
Among the 60 candidates, all are in excellent academic standing with 14 having grade-point averages of 3.5 or higher. Eight of this year's candidates were 2016-17 CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-Americans®, and seven returned to the court this season after receiving All-America honors for their performances a year ago. 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.
Each of the 30 candidate classes 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.