Senior forward Chiney Ogwumike was named one of 30 preseason candidates for the Senior CLASS Award Wednesday.
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.
Ogwumike will have the chance to become the third Stanford player to earn the honor. Prior Cardinal winners were Candice Wiggins (2008) and Nnemkadi Ogwumike (2012), while Jayne Appel (2010) and Kayla Pedersen have both been finalists (2012) for the honor.
She is one of four Pac-12 candidates for the honor, being joined on the list by Gennifer Brandon (California), Cassie Harberts (USC) and Michelle Plouffe (Utah).
The 30 candidates 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, Division I men's and women's coaches and fans who will select one finalist who best exemplifies excellence in the four C's of community, classroom, character and competition.
Ogwumike has already been named a preseason candidate for both the Wade Trophy and John R. Wooden award this preseason. The Cypress, Texas native is a two-time WBCA Coaches’ All-American and Associated Press All-American, being voted to the first team in 2013. She was a consensus All-American and national player of the year candidate last season, also being named Pac-12 Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year. Ogwumike became the first Pac-12 player to not only win both major individual honors but also the first to capture the Pac-12 Triple Crown, leading the conference in scoring (22.4 ppg), rebounding (12.9 rpg) and field-goal percentage (58.6).
Ogwumike is one of four starters, along with Mikaela Ruef, Amber Orrange and Sara James, returning in 2013-14 for a Stanford team that went 33-3 and captured its 13th straight Pac-12 regular-season title and seventh consecutive Pac-12 Tournament crown last year.
Stanford, ranked No. 3 in the USA Today Sports Coaches Poll, plays an exhibition this Sunday at 2 p.m. against Vanguard University. The Cardinal opens the 2013-14 campaign with a trip to the East Coast and games at Boston College (Nov. 9) and No. 1 Connecticut (Nov. 11).