NASHVILLE, Tenn. - - Belmont University men's basketball senior Mick Hedgepeth (Crossville, Ala.) will represent the program at the 2012 Final Four as a finalist for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award.
Hedgepeth will depart for New Orleans on Thursday and take part in a number of activities throughout the weekend. On Friday, the Crossville, Ala. native will participate in a community service project at St. Bernard Recreation Center and later, be honored at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome during an on-court presentation.
Following the National Semifinal games on Saturday, Hedgepeth will take part in the NCAA Final Four Dribble Sunday - an interactive event highlighted by games, a meet-and-greet and autograph session with over 3,000 area children.
Joining Hedgepeth as Lowe's Senior CLASS Award finalists for men's basketball are Ashton Gibbs of Pittsburgh, Draymond Green of Michigan State, Robbie Hummel of Purdue, Quinn McDowell of William & Mary, Ronald Nored of Butler, Zack Novak of Michigan, Zack Rosen of Pennsylvania, Tyler Zeller of North Carolina, and William Buford of Ohio State.
Hedgepeth is the second Belmont men's basketball player in the last four years named Lowe's Senior CLASS Award finalist; Andy Wicke represented Belmont at the 2009 Final Four in Detroit.
Aside from media opportunities while in New Orleans, Hedgepeth will also be taking behind-the-scenes footage at the Final Four as a belmontbruins.com correspondent.
About the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award
The Lowe's Senior CLASS Award, chosen by a nationwide vote of Division I head coaches, national media and fans, is given annually to the most outstanding senior student-athlete in NCAA Division I men's basketball. 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.