STANFORD, Calif.- Senior forward Dwight Powell has been named one of 30 candidates for the 2013-14 Senior CLASS Award.
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.
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.
The 30 candidates will be narrowed to 10 finalists midway through the regular season. Ballots containing the 10 finalists 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 C’s of community, classroom, character and competition.
Powell is coming off a breakthrough 2012-13 campaign in which he showcased the type of dynamic all-around game everyone expected when first arriving on The Farm. In addition to being tabbed the Pac-12’s Most Improved Player, he was also named an NABC Second Team All-District selection. One of only two Pac-12 players ranked among the league’s top-12 in both scoring and rebounding, Powell averaged a team-best 14.9 points while ranking second on the squad with 8.4 rebounds per game. In addition to notching 10 double-doubles, he produced nine 20-point games and reached double figures 27 times.
Just how much did Powell improve? During the 2011-12 campaign, he averaged 5.8 points and 4.6 rebounds while scoring in double figures six times. In 2012-13, Powell became one of three Stanford players over the last decade to register at least 10 double-doubles, joining Landry Fields (13 in 2009-10) and Matt Haryasz (10 in 2005-06). Scoring and rebounding aside, Powell also excelled from the foul line (79.6 percent) and three-point range (45.5 percent). He totaled 72 assists, 39 blocks and 26 steals.
Powell was equally impressive in the classroom, as he was the only player to earn a spot on both the Pac-12 All-Academic Team and All-Pac-12 First Team. A Science, Technology & Society major with a 3.026 GPA, Powell was also tabbed a National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Honors Court selection.
Powell made the most of his playing experience during the summer, leading Canada to a fourth-place finish at the World University Games in Kazan, Russia. In addition to starting seven of Canada’s eight contests, Powell averaged 12.1 points and 5.1 rebounds per game while shooting 61.9 percent (39-63) from the field and playing just under 18 minutes per game. Just before the World University Games, Powell anchored Canada to a sweep of the Four Nations’ International Invitational Tournament played in three different cities in China. The 11-day competition saw Canada finish with a 9-0 record while registering three victories apiece against United States, Latvia and China.
The Senior CLASS Award winners will be announced during the 2014 NCAA Men’s Final Four® and NCAA Women’s Final Four®.