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OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - - Belmont University men's basketball senior Dylan Windler (Indianapolis, Ind.) has been selected as a finalist for the 2018-19 Senior CLASS Award, the organization announced Wednesday.

Windler, who Wednesday was also named as one of 10 finalists for the Julius Erving Award, ranks among the most productive and versatile players in college basketball.

The 6-8 guard/forward entered February as one of only five players in the nation averaging at least 19.0 points per game and 10.0 rebounds per game. Last season, Windler was the only player in America to average 17.0 ppg, 9.0 rpg, 2.5 apg and shoot 40 percent from 3-point distance.

The Indianapolis native has posted 28 career double-doubles, including four this season with at least 30 points. He ranks among OVC leaders in 10 statistical categories, including first in rebounds per game (10.1) and points per game (19.3).

Windler has led Belmont to 84 victories in his three-plus seasons, including Power 5 victories over UCLA, Georgia and Vanderbilt.

In addition, Windler has continued the Belmont men's basketball tradition of excellence in the classroom. Windler was named a 2017-18 CoSIDA Academic All-American, becoming Belmont's 16th Academic All-America selection since 2001. He holds a 3.74 grade-point average in his chosen major of accounting. Windler is a six-time Belmont University Dean's List recipient, a three-time OVC Commissioner's Honor Roll honoree and received the 2018 OVC Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award. This past July, Windler was named to the 2017-18 NABC Honors Court.

Off the court, Windler joined fellow Belmont student-athletes on a mission trip to Nakuru, Kenya, in May 2018, working on infrastructure improvements projects and serving the children's ministry and orphanage, Streets of Hope. Windler also serves as a mentor for Best Buddies in Nashville, an organization dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Belmont Basketball also serves each October at the Cooper Trooper Pumpkin Patch, which benefits pediatric cancer research through a fund set up with Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital.

Windler was also elected to the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Competition Committee as the lone student-athlete representative on the 12-member panel of leading coaches, administrators and contributors within the sport. He is entering his fourth year as the men's basketball representative on the Belmont University Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). The group coordinates campus leadership development initiatives, life-skills programs and service projects.

The finalists were chosen by national media from the list of 30 candidates announced earlier in the season. Nationwide fan voting begins immediately to help select the winner, and fans are encouraged to submit votes online at the Senior CLASS Award website through March 25. Fan votes will be combined with those of the media and Division I head coaches to determine the winners. The Senior CLASS Award recipients will be announced during the 2019 NCAA Men's Final Four® and NCAA Women's Final Four®.

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.

Windler is the eighth Belmont men's basketball player to be honored as part of the Senior CLASS program, joining Justin Hare, Andy Wicke, Mick Hedgepeth, J.J. Mann, Reece Chamberlain, Craig Bradshaw and Evan Bradds.

VOTE Dylan Windler for 2018-19 Senior CLASS Award

Belmont University men's basketball has earned postseason invitations 12 of the last 13 seasons, including seven automatic berths to the NCAA Tournament. The Bruins have won 16 conference championships since 2006 - third-most nationally over that span (Gonzaga, Kansas). Belmont is one of only six NCAA Division I programs outside the Power 5 to post Top 100 RPIs eight consecutive seasons (BYU, Gonzaga, Saint Mary's (CA), San Diego State, Wichita State). Belmont is one of only nine NCAA Division I programs to win 19 or more games 13 consecutive seasons (BYU, Duke, Gonzaga, Kansas, Louisville, Michigan State, North Carolina, San Diego State). Belmont University men's basketball boasts an NCAA-leading 16 CoSIDA Academic All-America selections since 2001 and is one of only three NCAA Division I programs to make the NCAA Academic Progress Rate (APR) Honor Roll every year of existence.