Kieron Achara, who completed his management degree in May with a 3.63 GPA, is currently taking classes in Duquesne's sports leadership graduate program. The 6-10 Stirling, Scotland native was named the 2006-07 Atlantic 10 men's basketball Student Athlete of the Year and is a two-time member of the A-10 men's basketball All-Academic Team. On the floor, Achara was named to the 2006-07 Atlantic 10 All-Defensive Team and also earned a spot on the A-10 preseason All-Defensive Team. Achara, Duquesne's second-leading all-time shot blocker, ranks second on the Dukes with a 13.9 ppg. scoring average. He enters Wednesday night's game against Pitt needing two points to reach the 1,000-point career mark.
An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the CLASS Award was launched during the 2001-02 season to honor the attributes of college basketball seniors who remain committed to their university and pursue the many rewards that a senior season and complete college education brings.
Achara is one of three Atlantic 10 student-athletes named to the list along with Rhode Island's Will Daniels and Dayton's Brian Roberts. Only one other league - the 16-team Big East - has more nominees than the A-10 with five. The A-10 has produced two of the six winners of the award in Xavier's David West (2003) and Saint Joseph's Jameer Nelson (2004).
A national media committee will pare the list to 10 finalists in January. Those 10 names will be placed on the official national 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 award recipient.
Achara is the first Duquesne player to be nominated for the award. Among the 30 women's basketball candidates are La Salle's Carlene Hightower, Sarah-Jo Lawrence of George Washington and Princeton's Meagan Cowher.
2007 Lowe Senior Class Award Nominees
Keiron Achara F/C Duquesne Jarell Brown G Army Brian Butch F Wisconsin Jaycee Carroll G Utah State Will Daniels F Rhode Island Randal Falker F Southern Illinois Shan Foster G/F Vanderbilt Kentrell Gransberry C South Florida A. J. Graves G Butler Cliff Hammonds G Clemson Justin Hare G Belmont Mitch Henke F Santa Clara Roy Hibbert C Georgetown Joseph Jones F/C Texas A&M Alexander (Sasha) Kaun C Kansas Eugene Lawrence G St. John's Jack Leasure G Coastal Carolina Chris Lofton G Tennessee Drew Neitzel G Michigan State Matt Nelson F Boise State DeMarcus Nelson G Duke David Padgett C Louisville Brian Roberts G Dayton Ty Rogers G Western Kentucky Drew Shubik G Sacred Heart Sean Singletary G Virginia Peyton Stovall F Ball State Jonathan Wallace G Georgetown Dane Watts F Creighton Kyle Weaver G Washington State