NEW ORLEANS, La. - - Belmont University men's basketball senior Mick Hedgepeth (Crossville, Ala.) took in all the sights and sounds of Final Four Weekend as one of 10 finalists for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award.
Hedgepeth flew from Nashville to New Orleans Thursday, and was immediately given the royal treatment and first-class hospitality from the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award representatives. A three-story wallscape of the 10 finalists was on display throughout the weekend, and a customized Lowe's Senior CLASS Award van transported the finalists from one activity to the next.
Friday morning, Hedgepeth and the finalists took part in a community service project at St. Bernard Recreation Center. The student-athletes distributed box lunches and interacted with the volunteers.
Friday afternoon, the finalists took center court at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, for a recognition ceremony and announcement of the 2012 winner. Legendary CBS Sports broadcaster Jim Nantz emceed the proceedings, as Purdue senior forward Robbie Hummel received this year's award.
After catching dinner with three familiar Bruins - Stetson head coach Casey Alexander, Stetson assistant coach Roger Idstrom and Butler graduate assistant T.J. Saint - Hedgepeth attended the national semifinals Saturday.
On Sunday. Hedgepeth's experience concluded with an appearance at the NCAA Final Four Dribble, where he and other finalists interacted with fans and signed autographs.