November 2, 2012

Groselle Named As Candidate for 2012-13 Senior CLASS Award

OVERLAND PARK, KS. – Citadel senior Mike Groselle was one of sixty candidates named for the 2012-13 Senior CLASS Award®. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence – community, classroom, character and competition.

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.

Groselle began his emergence as a solid player for The Citadel as a sophomore, following an injury to his foot. He finished the 2009-10 season by knocking down 149-of-248 field goals (60.1%), posted eight double-doubles and in the process assumed the mark as the program's top field goal percentage shooter. He topped the double-digit plateau in all but two of his 21 starts as a sophomore, including a season-high 22 in his first collegiate start at Colorado.

As a junior, Groselle established himself as the go-to player in the Bulldogs' offense with 501 points (16.7 ppg.) and 288 rebounds (9.6 rpg.). The eventual team Most Valuable Player, Groselle led the Dogs in 18 statistical categories on the season.

The 2012-13 Senior CLASS Award candidates include seven men's players and seven women's players who were recognized by the College Sports Information Directors of America as 2012 Capital One Academic All-Americans. Five men and 10 women were Associated Press All-Americans. Twenty men's candidates and 18 women's candidates have cumulative grade point averages above 3.0.

As for Groselle's classroom performance, by the close of the 2011-12 academic year he posted a 3.661 GPA in civil engineering. He earned the rank of Captain at The Citadel, because of being a team captain for the 2012-13 basketball team.

Since coming to The Citadel as a freshman in 2009, Groselle has been a member of the Dean's List on five occasions, which he achieved by carry a GPA of 3.2 or better for a semester. He has also earned four Gold Stars, given to a cadet that maintains a 3.7 GPA or better.

Those distinctions in the classroom have allowed Groselle to twice earn Southern Conference Academic All-Conference recognition over the course of his career in 2010-11 and 2011-12 as well as earning the team's academic award in 2011-12. His involvement in a Citadel mentoring program allows the senior center to work with local and non-local businesses in preparing graduates for entering the work force.  Groselle is also involved in Tau Beta Pi, an engineering honor society.

The Plano, Texas native is an integral part of The Citadel basketball program's relationship with nearby MUSC Children's Hospital. MUSC (Medical University of South Carolina) is dedicated to enhancing the health of children throughout South Carolina, and to provide an environment that supports excellence in pediatric patient care, teaching and research.

Citadel fans will have their first opportunity to see Groselle and the Bulldogs when the season begins on Nov. 10 at McAlister Field House with the second installment of The Army ROTC All-Military Classic, presented by USAA and Schupp Enterprises, Inc. The Bulldogs will host longstanding rival VMI to open the season on Nov. 10, preceded by a meeting between Air Force and Army. The following day the Bulldogs square off with either the Falcons or Black Knights to complete the two-day event.

Men's CLASS Candidates
God'sgift Achiuwa, St. John's (N.Y.)
O.D. Anosike, Siena
Ben Averkamp, Loyola (Chicago)
Brian Barbour, Columbia
Jared Berggren, Wisconsin
Isaiah Canaan, Murray State
Drew Crawford, Northwestern
Matthew Dellavedova, Saint Mary's
Tim Frazier, Penn State
Mike Groselle, The Citadel
C.J. Harris, Wake Forest
Jordan Hulls, Indiana
Gabe Knutson, Lehigh
JP Kuhlman, Davidson
Andrew Lawrence, Charleston
Jonathan Lee, Northeastern
Scott Martin, Notre Dame
C.J. McCollum, Lehigh
Brock Motum, Washington State
Mike Muscala, Bucknell
Robert Olson, Loyola (Maryland)
Brandon Paul, Illinois
Mason Plumlee, Duke
Colt Ryan, Evansville
Peyton Siva, Louisville
Andrew Smith, Butler
Michael Snaer, Florida State
Marc Trasolini, Santa Clara
Jeff Withey, Kansas
Nate Wolters, South Dakota State

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