Saturday, April 5, 2008

Shan Foster wins Senior Class Award

Lowes just announced on CBS that Shan Foster has won the Senior Class Award. Foster beat out Roy Hibbert, Chris Lofton, DeMarcus Nelson and others for the award that recognizes his stellar record on and off the court.

From the Lowe's website:

Shan Foster
(G/F) Vanderbilt University

Statistics: Height: 6'6 PPG: 20.3 RPG: 4.9 APG: 1.6

Foster is on schedule to graduate in May 2008. All the senior men's basketball players at Vanderbilt have graduated since 1979. Majoring in Human and organizational development with 2 majors: health and human services and leadership. Foster also is pursuing a Minor in religous Studies.

Character:Charitable, giving, hard working, Foster represents everything good about college athletics. As an example, Kelly Finan, a Vanderbilt coed and member of the Memorial Maniacs, had a stroke two years ago, and then had kidney failure and nearly died. Foster learned about her situation, and the two have become friends. Finan, who is now confined to a wheelchair, is involved with Vanderbilt's Susan Gray School, an on-campus research-oriented school devoted to educational research involving young children with developmental disabilities and children whose future development was at risk because of conditions such as poverty. In early December 2007, Foster appeared at the Gray School's annual fundraiser as the honorary student chair for the event. He has also written a song in honor of Kelly.

Community:Foster is involved with the Gray School, and sings at many area churches on Sundays. He is a very good musician and has recorded a gospel song that he wrote for an album that features many local Nashville musicians. Mentors five teenagers, ranging in age from 13 to 19, in the Nashville area, makes appearances to elementary, middle, high schools, as well as children's hospital and many churches to sing and speak to youth. He also speaks to youth football and basketball teams.

Competition:Foster is currently 13th all-time in scoring at Vanderbilt, and could become number one with a stellar season. He is also currently second in the SEC in scoring and first in three pointers made. He has finished in the top 10 in the SEC in scoring and three-pointers made each of the last two seasons and in the top 15 for three-point field goal percentage all three years of his career. He is listed among the SEC’s all-time leaders for consecutive games with a made three-pointer. He ranks as the conference’s third-leading returning scorer entering his senior season after averaging 15.6 points per game as a junior. He was chosen by the media and coaches as a preseason first team all-SEC player. Shan has also been named a mid-season candidate for both the Wooden and Naismith Awards.

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