Feb. 6, 2013
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana senior guard Jordan Hulls (Bloomington, Ind.) has been named a finalist for the 2012-13 Senior CLASS Award. 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. Fans can vote here, from now until March 25.
Hulls entered college and immediately set the bar high. He had a goal in mind and has worked toward that goal each day. His goal is to one day own a facility, which will help local youth develop athletically. He knew from day one that his degree needed to be based in Kinesiology so that he would have the scientific background for the job. He completed a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology in three years and then began a Master's program in Athletic Administration. His undergraduate GPA was a 3.495 and he will complete his Master's in August of 2013. Hulls is a very dedicated student and values the academic experience. He is also a two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree, a 2013 Capital One First Team Academic All-District selection and is a finalist for Academic All-America honors.
Hulls is an excellent leader, although he does not limit his leadership to the basketball court. There are many stories about Hulls going out of his way to make people feel comfortable. Hulls' high school teachers bragged about the fact that he helped with students who have disabilities. While in college, Hulls enjoyed two different field experiences where he was charged with helping people become more physically fit. He worked first with patients recovering from cardiac issues and secondly, with faculty members in need of beginning a healthy lifestyle. Hulls' supervisors in these experiences all raved about his personable and authentic attitude. His clients all enjoyed working with him and Hulls really enjoyed the experience of helping those in need. The professor reports are always incredible about Hulls' participation and attendance in class. On the personal side, his father has battled cancer this past year and Hulls' strength and character has been apparent throughout. Few people handle such a challenge with this level of courage.
Hulls is also a leader on the team when it comes to community service, whether it's participating in cancer research runs, visiting local schools to speak to students, spending time with patients at a local hospital or coaching and mentoring youth at team camps and clinics.
On the court, Hulls is a prolific 3-point shooter and is among the best in Indiana history. He is averaging 11.1 points, 3.3 assists and 2.6 rebounds per game. He's shooting 48.2 percent from the field, 49.1 percent from 3 and 74.4 percent at the free throw line. He ranks first in 3-point field goal percentage (49.1) in the Big Ten and 11th nationally, third in 3-point field goals made per game (2.4), third in assist/turnover ratio (2.5).
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 finalists were chosen by a media committee from the list of 30 men's candidates announced in October. Nationwide fan voting begins immediately to help select the winner. Fans are encouraged to vote on the Senior CLASS Award website or on the Senior CLASS Award Facebook fan page through March 25. Fan votes will be combined with media and Division I head coaches' votes to determine the winner.
The Senior CLASS Award winner for men's basketball will be announced during the 2013 NCAA Final Four® in Atlanta April 6 and 8.
2012-13 Senior CLASS Finalists
Matthew Dellavedova, G, Saint Mary's
Mike Groselle, C, The Citadel
Jordan Hulls, G, Indiana
Jonathan Lee, G, Northeastern
C.J. McCollum, G, Lehigh
Mike Muscala, C, Bucknell
Mason Plumlee, F, Duke
Peyton Siva, G, Louisville
Andrew Smith, C, Butler
Marc Trasolini, F, Santa Clara