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SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – Already a member of the Preseason All-Big West Team, Cal Poly men's basketball senior Chris Eversley earned another honor Wednesday morning as the forward was named one of 30 candidates for the Senior CLASS Award. The annual national honor recognizes excelled performance in the areas of community, classroom, character and competition.
An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the Senior CLASS Award celebrates the well-rounded student-athlete. The current list of 30 candidates will be whittled to 10 midway through the regular season and placed on a ballot to be distributed through a nationwide voting system comprising media, coaches and fans.
"In my time at Cal Poly, I've been pushed to my academic and athletic limits and everyone from my professors to advisors to coaches has been nothing but extremely supportive," said Eversley, who was named to the All-Big West first team last spring after finishing sixth among conference players with 7.0 rebounds per game and ninth with 15.4 points per contest. "As I look back on my past three years at Cal Poly, I'm grateful to be in a position for this award. It's a testament to all of the hard work that I've strived to put in and the work that I and my teammates will continue to put in. Hard work never stops, regardless of where you are in life or what you're doing."
A two-time Big West Player of the Week selection last year, Eversley recorded six double-doubles a season ago, posted 21 double-digit scoring games, led Cal Poly in scoring 17 times and started 30 of 32 contests. Eversley, averaging 11.7 career points per game at Cal Poly, requires just 266 more points to become the 19th player in Mustang program history to reach 1,000.
"Chris is one of the hardest-working and most passionate players I've coached in 27 seasons," fifth-year Mustang head coach Joe Callero said. "His outgoing and engaging personality has made him an excellent leader on and off the court. His academic success, combined with his love for our campus and community make him a role model for all of our student-athletes."
In the central coast community, Eversley has served as a men's basketball representative for Block P (Cal Poly's student-athlete advisory committee) and, with the organization, helped sustain an annual holiday toy drive and fundraising efforts for cancer research. Eversley is regularly involved as a counselor with Cal Poly's camp programs where he teaches skills and technique to youth players. During Cal Poly's 2011 summer tour of Costa Rica, he volunteered time at elementary schools. During his freshman season at Rice, Eversley also volunteered with Habitat for Humanity through Major League Soccer club Houston Dynamo.
A native of Chicago, Eversley – through his recreation, parks and tourism administration major – designs hypothetical organizations and addresses each entity for financial viability, sustainability and safety concerns.
Cal Poly, which returns three starters and eight letterwinners from a 2012-13 squad that won 18 games and set program records for Big West wins (12) and conference winning percentage (.667), opens its 20th Division I season at No. 5 Arizona on Friday, Nov. 8. Tip time for the matchup, televised nationally on the Pac-12 Network, is set for 7 p.m.