Dupree Named to CLASS Award Watch List
BATON ROUGE — LSU men’s basketball player Ronald Dupree has been named one of the Players to Watch for the second annual Senior “CLASS” Award produced and managed by Premier Sports Management out of Overland Park, Kan.
The award is presented annually to the nation’s senior player-of-the-year for NCAA Division I Basketball.
The formation of the Senior CLASS award – an acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School – was announced last season for the first time. The CLASS award was developed in response to the recent trend of college basketball players leaving college early to turn pro.
Selection criteria is based on a number of factors, the most important being that the recipient must have exhausted their four years of eligibility and have fulfilled their commitment to their respective university. In addition, the recipient must be working toward their degree, be in good academic standing and be of sound moral character.
A national committee of sportscasters and sportswriters who cover college basketball will select 10 finalists in March.
Joining Dupree, who has been twice a second-team All-SEC selection while leading the Tigers in scoring, on the list from the SEC were Keith Bogans of Kentucky, Matt Bonner and Brett Nelson of Florida, Erwin Dudley of Alabama and Ron Slay of Tennessee. One other Louisiana player, Hector Romero, of UNO is a part of the list.