The award, named for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, emphasizes the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities. Student-athletes eligible for the award must be an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in the areas community, classroom, character and competition.
Finalists were chosen by national media and the award winner will be selected based on a combination of fan voting along with votes from media members and Division I head coaches. Fan voting begins immediately online at the Senior CLASS Award website and concludes March 25.
Not only does McDonald regularly visit his elementary school, serving as a mentor and role model to the students, he has volunteered at the Ronald McDonald House, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, Henry Hosea House and several other local events as well.
Majoring in Marketing, McDonald holds a 3.40 GPA. He is a two-time Horizon League All-Academic Team honoree who has also been named to the Horizon League Honor Roll five-straight semesters.
Over the last few years, McDonald has assumed a leadership role within NKU’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, serving as one of four members of the leadership team.
Competitively, McDonald has led NKU to new heights in the Division I ranks, including the 2018 Horizon League regular-season title, appearance in the NIT, as well as the 2017 Horizon League Tournament Championship and subsequent berth in the NCAA Tournament. Finally, the 6-foot-8 power forward has scored 1,885 points and secured 999 rebounds in his career, which sits in a very exclusive list as one of just five active players at the DI level with at least 1,800 points and 900 rebounds.
In addition to being a candidate for the Senior CLASS Award, McDonald is also a candidate for the Naismith Hall of Fame’s Karl Malone Award, presented to the nation’s top power-forward, and on the watch list for College Insider’s Lou Henson Award, given to the nation’s best mid-major player.
Northern Kentucky is currently 18-6 overall and leads the Horizon League with an 8-3 mark. The Norse are set to host Detroit Mercy at BB&T Arena on Thursday, Feb. 7, at 7 p.m.