Cassie Harberts Named Senior CLASS Award Candidate

    Cassie is deservedly a Senior CLASS Award candidate!

    Oct. 30, 2013

    USC senior forward Cassie Harberts' laundry list of honors is starting to grow. The all-around standout for the Women of Troy has already proven herself a force on the floor, but the senior also excels in the classroom and in the community. Her well-rounded attributes have now landed her a spot as one of 30 candidates for the 2014 Senior CLASS Award.

    Already on the preseason's top-30 list for the Wooden Award, Harberts joins a select group of student-athletes who also have notable achievements in four areas of excellence -- community, classroom, character and competition.

    Here's why Cassie is a great candidate for the national award:

    Harberts is majoring in human performance and minoring in nutrition and health promotion. She is a two-time Pac-12 All-Academic Honorable Mention recipient and holds a 3.23 GPA. Last season, Harberts was a candidate for CoSIDA Academic All-American honors.

    This will be Harberts' third season as a team captain, and she has shown a knack for leadership on and off the court throughout her career. A caring and devoted teammate, she is constantly encouraging her team during games and practices. She never missed a game throughout her career, starting every single one of USC's games since she arrived as a freshman, and often plays the most minutes in a game. Willing to put the team on her back when necessary, she still remains wholly humble and supportive of her teammates and coaches. Even during her busy summer of training and travel with the United States World University Games Team, Cassie continued to work as an intern at the Champions Quest youth training center. The summer prior, Cassie also shared time between her own training and work as a summer camp leader for a sports academy in Irvine.

    One of Cassie's goals after graduation is to travel to Africa and serve as a volunteer or missionary either at a hospital or orphanage. She's already been active in numerous local charity organizations, and is a regular participant in the Swim With Mike program, which is a scholarship fund for physically challenged athletes. With Swim With Mike, she has helped create activities that encourage children to express themselves artistically. Cassie also is involved with work at the Children's Hospital of Los Angeles, providing support in the rehabilitation center for children undergoing medical treatment, and engaging children in stress-relieving activities during their treatment. She and her family are also big supporters of Ronald McDonald House, where they spent a lot of time when Cassie was young while her older brother was undergoing treatment for cancer. They also remain involved with Orange County Foundation for Oncology, Children and Families.



    Harberts is the centerpiece of the USC team and has established herself as on of USC's top players all-time. She enters her senior season ranked No. 16 all-time in scoring with 1,293 career points, having scored her 1,000th point during her junior season. As a freshman, she tallied a 31-point game, which was the most points scored by a Trojan freshman since 1981. Last season, the 2013 All-Pac-12 selection led the Trojans in almost every major statistical category and ranked third in the Pac-12 in scoring (18.0 ppg) and sixth in rebounding (8.2 rpg). During her USC career to date she has earned 2011 Pac-10 All-Tournament Team and 2011 Pac-10 All-Freshman Team honors, 2012 All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention, and 2013 All-Pac-12 Team and Pac-12 Player of the Week awards to go along with her consistent academic accolades. She has recorded 17 double-doubles in her career, and in her junior season she became USC's all-time record holder for free throws made (207) and attempted (298) in a single season. This past summer, Harberts won a gold medal as a member of the United States' World University Games team.

    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 Senior CLASS Award winners will be announced during the 2014 NCAA Men's Final Four® and NCAA Women's Final Four®.

    Each of the 30 candidate classes will be narrowed to 10 finalists midway through the regular season, and those 10 names will be placed on the official ballot. Ballots will be distributed through a nationwide voting system to media, coaches and fans, who will select one male candidate and one female candidate who best exemplify excellence in the four Cs of community, classroom, character and competition. 

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