Published Wednesday, October 30, 2013 AT 10:57 AM / Updated at 11:20 AM
McDermott, Nelson are candidates for senior award
Big Red Today Omaha World-Herald

Creighton forward Doug McDermott is one of 30 men’s basketball student-athletes who excel both on and off the court who were selected as candidates for the 2013-14 Senior CLASS Award.

Bluejay forward Sarah Nelson is one of 30 women’s candidates.

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.

The Senior CLASS Award winners will be announced during the Final Four.

Each of the 30 candidate classes will be narrowed to 10 finalists 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, coaches and fans, who will select one candidate who best exemplify excellence in the four Cs of community, classroom, character and competition. 

McDermott ranked second nationally in scoring (23.2) and also averaged 7.7 rebounds per game during the 2012-13 season at Creighton.

McDermott is the sixth Creighton men’s basketball player in the 10-year history of the award to be selected among 30 preseason candidates, joining Kyle Korver (2003), Anthony Tolliver (2007), Dane Watts (2008), Josh Dotzler (2009) and Kenny Lawson Jr. (2011). Korver and Tolliver both reached the final cutdown to 10. Former men’s soccer standout Brian Holt is the lone Creighton student-athlete to ever win the award, taking home the 2011 award.

Nelson boasts a 3.7 GPA, majoring in Pre-Health Science and Finance. On the court she equally excels, finishing second for the Jays in scoring last season at 11.7 points per game (387) and leading the Jays with 7.8 rebounds per contest (258 overall).

The forward is also adept at finding her teammates, collecting 115 assists. She was the top rated post player in assist-to-turnover rating in the NCAA at 1.89 per game, placing Nelson 41st in the country.

Nelson was selected to the Missouri Valley scholar-athlete first team for the second consecutive year (2012 and 2013), Nelson also earned All-MVC First Team honors.