Yesterday, October 31st, Northeastern Huskies guard, Jonathan Lee, was named one of the nation’s 30 finalists for the 2012-2013 Senior CLASS Award. The acronym, CLASS, stands for, “Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School”.
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 award celebrates the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.
The mohawked scoring assassin, Lee, definitely has plenty of CLASS credentials. In the classroom, Lee has maintained an overall GPA of 3.0 during his entire academic career in Boston. While working to earn a bachelor of fine arts degree in graphic design this spring, Lee earned CAA All-Academic honors last season. Lee’s Character has never been questioned as well. A product of the rough neighborhood of Flint, Michigan, Lee’s success from his childhood struggles to earning a college degree is nothing short of inspirational. Lastly, the senior has also been very involved in the Northeastern community during his college career despite spending so much time on the basketball court. He has participated in countless youth clinics and service organizations, working with disadvantaged youth in local Boston neighborhoods. This summer, Lee volunteered numerous hours each week to participate in the university’s comprehensive orientation program, welcoming incoming freshmen to campus and helping with their transition to Northeastern. Competitively speaking, Lee has also starred on the court for the Huskies and head coach Bill Coen.
The candidate classes will be narrowed to 10 men’s finalists midway through the regular season, and those 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 men’s finalist and one women’s finalist who best exemplifies excellence in the four Cs of community, classroom, character and competition.
The men’s Senior CLASS Award winner will be announced during the 2013 NCAA Final Four in Atlanta April 6 and 8.
Jake Fischer is the CAA Correspondent for Rant Sports-NCAA Basketball. Make sure to follow Jake on Twitter @fischsportsline.