Nov. 9, 2011
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) –
Bernard James, who spent six years as a member of the United States Air Force in Iraq, Qatar and the Middle East (2003-08) and who is currently a starter for the Florida State basketball team, has been named as one of 30 candidates for the 2011-12 Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award presented to the senior who is judged to be the best and brightest student athlete in college basketball. James served our country before earning his Associates Degree from Tallahassee Community College in 2010 and continuing his studies at Florida State also in 2010. He is on track to earn his bachelor’s degree in social sciences in 2012.
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 Lowe’s 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.
“One of the reasons I am eligible for this award is that I am going to receive my degree in April and that is very important to me,” said James. “It is important to me, my family and Coach (Leonard) Hamilton that I work toward receiving my degree. Earning my degree is a goal that I have set for myself and a milestone in my life that I am looking very much forward to achieving.”
James averaged 8.6 points and 5.9 rebounds while leading the Seminoles in blocked shots (2.4) in helping lead Florida State to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament in 2011. He became a starter midway through the season and helped the Seminoles to a third place finish in the ACC standings and a trip to the Sweet 16 for only the fourth time in school history. James was Florida State’s leading scorer in seven different games including Florida State’s win over No. 5 ranked Notre Dame in the third round of the NCAA Tournament.
The 30 candidates will be narrowed to 10 finalists in 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 Cs of community, classroom, character and competition.
Florida State plays host to Georgia Southwestern on Nov. 7 in its second and final exhibition game before opening its regular season against Jacksonville on Nov. 11 at 7:00 p.m. The Seminoles game against Georgia Southwestern will benefit the Aubry Boyd Foundation with each $5 ticket for admission going to help Boyd the former Seminole who was paralyzed from the neck down in an accident in 1995.
Florida State’s season opener against Jacksonville is Military Appreciation Night at the Donald. L Tucker Center and all military personnel (active, retired) who show a valid military ID will receive one free ticket to the game on Veteran’s Day.
Men's Basketball Candidates Bernard James, Forward, Florida State Tim Abromaitis, Forward, Notre Dame William Buford, Guard, Ohio State Kyle Bullinger, Forward, Weber State Scott Christopherson, Guard, Iowa State Darnell Gant, Forward, Washington Ashton Gibbs, Guard, Pittsburgh Drew Gordon, Forward, New Mexico Malcolm Grant, Guard, Miami (Florida) Draymond Green, Forward, Michigan State Justin Greene, Forward, Kent State Reggie Hamilton, Guard, Oakland Mick Hedgepeth, Forward, Belmont Robbie Hummel, Forward, Purdue Orlando Johnson, Guard, UC Santa Barbara Jarrod Jones, Forward, Ball State Kevin Jones, Forward, West Virginia Quinn McDowell, Forward, William and Mary Darius Miller, Guard, Kentucky Ronald Nored, Guard, Butler Zack Novak, Guard/Forward, Michigan Zack Rosen, Guard, Pennsylvania Jesse Sanders, Guard, Liberty Tanner Smith, Guard, Clemson Jordan Taylor, Guard, Wisconsin Erving Walker, Guard, Florida Demetrius Ward, Guard, Western Michigan Kyle Weems, Forward, Missouri State Chris Wroblewski, Guard, Cornell Tyler Zeller, Forward, North Carolina