The Lowe's Senior Class Award is presented annually to the NCAA Division I Student-Athlete of the Year in eight sports and focuses on the "Four C's" of classroom, character, community and competition.
The award was conceived by sportscaster Dick Enberg, who continues to serve as Honorary Chairman. It was inspired by the remarkable story of former Duke University basketball player Shane Battier, who could have been an NBA lottery pick but returned to college for his senior season and led the Blue Devils to the National Championship in 2001.
Previous winners of the men's award include Juan Dixon of Maryland (2002), David West of Xavier (2003), Jameer Nelson of St. Joseph's (2004), Wayne Simien of Kansas (2005), J.J. Reddick of Duke (2006) and Alando Tucker of Wisconsin (2007) and Shan Foster of Vanderbilt (2008).
From the list of 30 nominees, a national media committee will select 10 finalists in January, 2009. Those ten names will be placed on the official ballot for a nationwide vote during the NCAA Tournament in March. Fan balloting will be coupled with votes from coaches and media to determine the recipient. The award will be presented to the winner at the NCAA Final Four in Detroit.