Dec. 19, 2008
PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State University men's basketball senior Taylor Rochestie is one of 30 men's basketball candidates for the 2008-09 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award, the organization announced Friday evening.
The award is presented annually to an NCAA Division I student-athletes in nine different sports and is based on the criteria focusing on the "Four C's," classroom, character, community and competition.
Rochestie is in his third season with the Cougars after transferring from Tulane in the fall of 2005. He's in his second season as the team's starting point guard, currently averaging a team third-best 9.7 points per game. A native of Santa Barbara, Calif., he ranks fourth in the Pacific-10 Conference and 67th in the nation with 5.0 assists per game after finishing his junior season with the 10th-best assist/turnover ratio in the nation, compiling a 2.81 mark.
"Taylor wants to win as badly as anybody," WSU Head Coach Tony Bennett said. "He's an excellent student, he does a lot in the community, is involved with Athletes in Action and is a real people person. He's had some huge games and is a very clutch player. This year we're looking for more of the same."
Last season Rochestie was one of 14 finalists for the V Foundation Comeback Award after giving up his scholarship for his senior season so that the Cougars could sign a fifth player during the early signing period last fall. The 6-1 point guard was also named to the Pacific-10 All-Academic First Team as a junior.
Currently Rochestie ranks in WSU's career record books in free throw percentage (third, .813), 3-point field goal percentage (fifth, .400), assists (eighth, 281), assists average (seventh, 3.557 apg) and 3-point field goals (18th, 82).
An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the award was launched during the 2001-02 season to honor the attributes of college basketball seniors who remain committed to their university and pursue the many rewards that a senior season and complete college education bring.
Rochestie is the only representative from the Pac-10. The Big 12 has five candidates, including Texas teammates A.J. Abrams and Connor Atchley. The ACC features four candidates including Marcus Ginyard and Tyler Hansbrough of North Carolina.
From the list of 30 nominees, a national media committee will select 10 finalists for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award in February 2009. Those 10 names will be placed on the official ballot for a nationwide vote. In addition to voting by Division I head basketball coaches and national media, college basketball fans will also be able to submit ballots by text voting or online voting at www.seniorclassaward.com. Lowe's, an official corporate partner of the NCAA, will present the winners with trophies during the weekends of the respective NCAA Men's and Women's Final Four.