Feb. 22, 2007
University of Iowa senior guard Adam Haluska remains in contention for two prestigious post-season national awards as the college basketball season heads toward the final portion of the regular season.
The Atlanta Tipoff Club has announced that Haluska is in the final 30 of the Men’s Naismith Trophy, presented by AT&T. Four finalists will be selected by the award’s voting academy and those finalists will be announced in mid-March. The Naismith Award winner will be honored during the Final Four weekend in Atlanta, GA.
In addition, Haluska is one of 10 finalists for the Lowe’s Senior Class Award. The award is presented annually to an NCAA Division I male and female senior basketball player who excels both on and off the court.
The finalists will be placed on the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award ballot for a nationwide vote during the NCAA Tournament in March. Fan balloting will be coupled with votes from coaches, media and sponsors to determine the male and female recipients. Winners will be announced during the men’s and women’s respective Final Four weekends.
“Adam’s overall play in leading us to a key win over Purdue is evidence of how much he has elevated his game in all areas this season,” said Iowa Coach Steve Alford. “He is very deserving of the recognition received by being on the list of top players in the nation who are candidates for these national awards. His leadership on our young team is a major reason for our success. Adam is an outstanding representative of our program and the University of Iowa. His academic achievements and his standing in the community are further proof of the type of individual he is.”
Haluska, a native of Carroll, IA has started every game in his college career. He leads the Big Ten Conference in scoring (20.4), while averaging 4.6 rebounds a game. He ranks among Big Ten leaders in free throw percentage (87.7%), three-point field goals per game (2.9) and steals (1.4). He has scored 1,797 career points and ranks 11th in career scoring at Iowa with 1,513 points.
Earlier this season he was the recipient of the 2006-07 Anson Mount Scholar/Athlete Award, earning a $5,000 donation to the University of Iowa general scholarship fund. He was also on the Watch List for the John R. Wooden all-America team. He earned academic all-Big Ten honors as both a sophomore and junior. Haluska earned CoSIDA academic all-America honors a year ago and his name is on the national ballot for that honor again this season.