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Denzell Hosch Named 2019-20 Lowe’s CIAA Senior CLASS Award Winner for Men’s Basketball

February 29, 2020

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (February 29, 2020) – Fayetteville State guard Denzell Hosch has been named the winner of the 2019-20 Lowe’s CIAA Senior CLASS Award for men’s basketball. The award, chosen by a combination of votes from CIAA men’s basketball coaches, media and fans, is awarded to the most outstanding senior student-athlete in CIAA men’s basketball. 

An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the national Senior CLASS Award was launched in 2001 to honor the attributes of college basketball seniors who remained committed to their university and pursued the many rewards that a senior season can bring. Lowe’s brought the Senior CLASS Award to the CIAA to recognize student-athletes throughout the conference who excel both on and off the court. Each CIAA school had the opportunity to nominate one senior player for the award. The conference-wide winner is selected based on personal qualities that define a complete student-athlete: Classroom, Character, Community and Competition.

On the court, Hosch has developed into one of the best sixth-man players in the country. He was named a team captain for the Broncos during the 2019-20 campaign and has surpassed the 1,000-point landmark for career scoring. Hosch holds the school record for three-pointers in a game, draining 10 during an overtime win versus Johnson C. Smith during his junior season. He led the Broncos during the 2019-20 regular-season with 28 steals, and was FSU’s second-leading scorer averaging 10.0 points per game.

Hosch has also succeeded in the classroom having graduated Magna Cum Laude with a bachelor’s degree in management information systems. He is currently pursuing his MBA. Hosch is just one of 21 student-athletes at Fayetteville State to receive the Division II Athletics Directors Association Academic Achievement Award.

“Denzell is truly an exemplary young man,” said Fayetteville State head coach Luke D’Alessio. “His leadership help foster one of the biggest turnarounds in FSU Men’s Basketball history. His prior military service and exceptional academic acumen shows he is very goal-oriented and very focused. Loved by his teammates as well as his coaches/support staff, Denzell is destined to do great things in his life. It has been truly a pleasure to coach him this year.”

“You don’t have to be leading scorer to be a leader on your team,” said Hosch. “Leadership to me is doing the right thing on and off the court. When I think of leadership, I think of former President Barack Obama and how he was resilient in his efforts at all times, even when stuff wasn’t going right. A leader has to be resilient and lead your team, because they can’t see that you are down, you have to be positive all the time. The army prepared me for a lot of my leadership roles when I got to college with accountability and respect.”

In addition to starring on the court and in the classroom, Hosch also has demonstrated tremendous service for his community and country. Serving in the United States Army for 3.5 years, Hosch earned the rank of sergeant in less than three years. He is a role model for active soldiers who still have dreams of playing collegiate basketball. In the summer, Hosch hosts youth basketball sessions and assisted the city of Fayetteville in constructing a new $100,000 playground for kids in the local community.

“Lowe’s is honored to recognize Denzell for his leadership and dedicated service to his community and country,” said Lowe’s Executive Vice President of Supply Chain Don Frieson. “We congratulate Denzell and all the finalists who have demonstrated the CIAA’s highest standards of achievement as student-athletes.”

Hosch joins women’s award winner Kyaja Williams of Bowie State as the 2019-20 recipients of the Lowe’s CIAA Senior CLASS Award. Both were recognized on-court and received the prestigious trophy during the CIAA Tournament championship games in Charlotte. Frieson presented the Lowe’s CIAA Senior CLASS Award to Hosch.

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2019-20 Winner

Name Sport School
Denzell Hosch Basketball Fayetteville State University

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