(Editor's note: Montana State athletics release)
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Montana State University's Harald Frey was one of 30 men's basketball student-athletes to be selected as a candidate for the 2019-20 Senior CLASS Award® on Friday, Jan. 17. The Senior CLASS Award® is awarded to the most outstanding senior student-athlete in 10 NCAA Division I sports.
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.
Among the 60 men's and women's candidates, all are in excellent academic standing with 23 having grade-point averages of 3.5 or higher. Twelve athletes are returning to the court this season after receiving all-America honors, and 46 of the candidates earned all-conference honors for their performances a year ago. Each of the candidates also volunteers his or her time with charitable organizations and causes while upholding a reputation for positive character on campus and in the community.
The men's and women's candidates will be narrowed to two fields of 10 finalists in February, and those names will be placed on the official ballot. Ballots 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 exemplifies excellence in the four C's of community, classroom, character and competition.
Frey is currently the team leader in points per game (17.4) and assists per game (5.0) through 17 contests. He's ranked in the top 100 individually in the nation in points per game, assists per game, free throws made, free throw percentage and minutes per game.
The Senior CLASS Award winners will be announced during the 2020 NCAA Men's Final Four® and NCAA Women's Final Four® this spring. For more information on each of the candidates, visit seniorCLASSaward.com.