OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - - Belmont University men's basketball senior All-America candidate Dylan Windler (Indianapolis, Ind.) has been named as a men's basketball candidate for the Senior CLASS Award, Premier Sports Management announced Friday.
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.
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.
In three-plus seasons, Windler has upheld Belmont's place among the nation's top programs outside Power 5 conferences. A Mid-Major All-America and first-team All-OVC selection, Windler led Belmont to victories over Vanderbilt, Middle Tennessee, Western Kentucky and Murray State in 2018 as Belmont won 24 games. Last season, the 6-8 guard/forward was the only player in the country to average 17.0 ppg, 9.0 rpg, 2.5 apg and shoot 40 percent from three-point distance.
Windler, a 2019 Preseason All-America candidate and national award watch list candidate (Julius Erving, Lou Henson), ranked among NCAA leaders in double-doubles (15), including 36 points and 20 rebounds in one game. Noted statistician Ken Pomeroy ranked Windler as the No. 3 most-efficient perimeter player returning to college basketball in 2018-19.
The Indianapolis, Indiana native is averaging 19.5 points and 7.8 rebounds per game as Belmont completed an undefeated month of November.
Off the court, Windler embodies the servant's heart and inquisitive nature of Belmont student-athletes.
Windler was named a 2017-18 Academic All-American, becoming Belmont's 16th Academic All-America selection since 2001. He holds a 3.81 grade-point average in his chosen major of accounting and is a six-time Belmont University Dean's List recipient, a three-time OVC Commissioner's Honor Roll honoree and received the 2018 OVC Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award. Moreover in July, Windler was named to the 2017-18 NABC Honors Court.
This past May, Windler joined fellow Belmont student-athletes on a mission trip to Nakuru, Kenya, working on infrastructure improvements projects and serving the children's ministry and orphanage, Streets of Hope. Windler also serves as a mentor for Best Buddies in Nashville, an organization dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Belmont Basketball serves each October at the Cooper Trooper Pumpkin Patch, which benefits pediatric cancer research through a fund set up with Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital.
In addition, the senior was elected to the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Competition Committee as the lone student-athlete representative on the 12-member panel of leading coaches, administrators and contributors within the sport. Windler is entering his fourth year as the men's basketball representative on the Belmont University Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). The group coordinates campus leadership development initiatives, life-skills programs and service projects.
Windler becomes the eighth Belmont men's basketball player honored by the Senior CLASS Award program, joining Justin Hare (2008), Andy Wicke (2009), Mick Hedgepeth (2012), J.J. Mann (2014), Reece Chamberlain (2015), Craig Bradshaw (2016) and Evan Bradds (2017).
The men's and women's candidates will be narrowed to two fields of 10 finalists in February, and those 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 male candidate and one female candidate who best exemplifies excellence in the four C's of community, classroom, character and competition.
The Senior CLASS Award winners will be announced during the 2019 NCAA Men's Final Four® and NCAA Women's Final Four® this spring.
For more information on each of the candidates, visit seniorCLASSaward.com.
Belmont University men's basketball has earned postseason invitations 12 of the last 13 seasons, including seven automatic berths to the NCAA Tournament. The Bruins have won 16 conference championships since 2006 - third-most nationally over that span (Gonzaga, Kansas). Belmont is one of only six NCAA Division I programs outside the Power 5 to post Top 100 RPIs eight consecutive seasons (BYU, Gonzaga, Saint Mary's (CA), San Diego State, Wichita State). Belmont is one of only nine NCAA Division I programs to win 19 or more games 13 consecutive seasons (BYU, Duke, Gonzaga, Kansas, Louisville, Michigan State, North Carolina, San Diego State). Belmont University men's basketball boasts an NCAA-leading 16 CoSIDA Academic All-America selections since 2001 and is one of only three NCAA Division I programs to make the NCAA Academic Progress Rate (APR) Honor Roll every year of existence.