We often get so caught up in what athletes accomplish on the court that we forget what they do when they aren’t knocking down shots and playing defense in front of raucous crowds during the grind of a basketball season.
Jordan Hulls of the Indiana Hoosiers is not only expected to play a key role for in their quest to deliver a national title to Bloomington for the first time since 1987, but he has made an impact off the court, as well.
It’s why he is one of 30 men’s basketball players named to the Senior CLASS Award list.
It’s a heck of an honor for Hulls, who is coming off of a junior campaign in which he poured in 11.7 points per outing, dished out 120 assists and tallied 38 steals.
CLASS is an acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School. Players are nominated based on their performance in athletics and the efforts they make to be a solid student and the impact they have in their communities.
While in high school, Hulls would help out students with disabilities and in college, he has worked with patients recovering from cardiac issues.
Hulls has also gone out in the community to speak with students at local schools and has spent time visiting patients at hospitals. He has even worked at youth team camps and clinics.
Hulls has done it all, even while his father has battled cancer this past year.
There are a lot of great stories out there of basketball players who have done a lot of good on and off the court. Hulls is certainly one of them, and while there is no guarantee he will win the award, it’s safe to say the Hoosiers are fortunate to have a well-rounded student athlete like Hulls on their team.
Brian Lester is a featured Big Ten columnist and college basketball writer for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @BLester1993 or send him an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.