Final Four appearance

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April 2, 2011

Bradley’s Men’s Basketball team may not be in the Final Four, but senior guard Dodie Dunson is celebrating his own victory in Houston, Texas, this weekend. Dunson was honored as a Lowe’s Senior Class Award finalist during Final Four activities April 2.

During practice sessions on Friday, Lowe’s announced that Dunson was a second team finalist.  He was joined on the second team by Matt Howard (Butler), Cameron Jones (Northern Arizona), Jon Leuer (Wisconsin) and Kyle Singler (Duke). BYU national player of the year Jimmer Fredette claimed the 10th annual Lowe's Senior CLASS Award.

"This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and I am excited to represent Bradley University during all of the activities,” Dunson said.

Dunson’s visit to Houston has been jam-packed with activities including a community service project, breakfast with Dick Vitale, watching Saturday’s semi-final games and kicking off the NCAA Final Four Dribble event with 4,000 children.

An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the Lowe's 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. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as a NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence – community, classroom, character and competition.

Dunson is also one of four national finalists for the Courageous Student-Athlete Award, presented annually since 1991 by the National Consortium for Academics and Sports.