OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - Rice University forward Seth Gearhart has been named one of 30 men's basketball candidates for the 2014-15 Senior CLASS Award, which honors seniors who excel both on and off the court with notable achievements in four areas: community, classroom, character and competition.
Gearhart has put together an outstanding season on the court, ranking second on the team with 13.9 points and 5.2 rebounds per game. He ranks among the league leaders in three-point shooting and free throw percentage as well. He notched a career-high 24 points at Texas and 11 rebounds against St. Thomas earlier this season. In 18 games this season, the Wilsonville, Ore. native has scored in double-figures 14 times.
In the classroom, Gearhart has earned numerous honors as an Economics major with a minor in Business. He has twice been named a Rice Honor Athlete and has been named to the Conference USA Commissioner's Honor Roll every year. He was also a member of the 2014 NABC Honors Court and the 2013 C-USA All-Academic Team.
In the community, Gearhart has volunteered his time serving in a soup kitchen, reading and tutoring at local elementary schools, working with the Houston Food Bank as well as serving with his teammates in other community service activities, such as the recent Shopping with the Owls.
On campus, Gearhart is involved with the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, serves as a Peer Academic Advisor and completed the athletic department's leadership development program.
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. The Senior CLASS Award winner will be announced during the 2015 NCAA Men's Final Four®.
The 30 candidates will be narrowed to 10 finalists later in 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.
Men's Basketball Candidates:
Alex Barlow, Butler; Reece Chamberlain, Belmont; Corey Petros, Oakland; Ishaq Pitt, U. of Maryland - Eastern Shore; Michael Cobbins, Oklahoma State; Normal Powell, UCLA; Pat Connaughton, Notre Dame; Chasson Randle, Stanford; Justin Gant, Indiana State; Levi Randolph, Alabama; Seth Gearhart, Rice; Josh Richardson, Tennessee; Jordan Green, Texas A&M; Luke Roh, Colgate; Ryann Green, Georgia State; Corey Schaefer, Lehigh; D'Angelo Harrison, St. John's; John Schoof, American; Tyler Haws, Brigham Young; Matt Stainbrook, Xavier; Frank Kaminsky, Wisconsin; Juwan Staten, West Virginia; Ashton Moore, The Citadel; Matt Townsend, Yale; Khufu Najee, IUPUI; Thomas van der Mars, Portland; D.J. Newbill, Penn State; Cameron Wright, Pittsburgh; Kevin Pangos, Gonzaga; Max Yon, Air Force.
The Owls open a four-game road trip with their final non-conference game of the regular season on Wednesday at Houston. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. at Hofheinz Pavilion before Rice resumes conference play on Saturday, Jan. 31, at North Texas.