KANSAS CITY - Duke's J.J. Redick was named the winner of the Bayer Advantage Senior CLASS Award, given annually to the outstanding men's and women's senior NCAA Division I basketball player. The award was created because of former Blue Devil Shane Battier's performance in leading Duke to the 2001 National Championship.
Redick led Duke to a 32-4 record in 2006 and 116 victories in his four-year career. Redick and the Blue Devils won three ACC Championships, two regular season championships and the 2004 Final Four.
Redick is the second Blue Devil to win the award as Battier was given an honorary award. CBS play-by-play announcer Dick Enberg first thought of creating an award to honor the nation's top senior during Duke's national championship game telecast with its win over Arizona. The idea was then brought to fruition by a group of Kansas City business leaders and Premier Sports Management while Enberg serves as honorary chairman.
Shelden Williams also finished high in the voting for the award and was named to the first team of the All-Senior All-America team. Redick and Williams were joined by Illinois' Dee Brown, Villanova's Randy Foye and West Virginia's Kevin Pittsnogle on the first team.
Monique Currie finished a close second to Seimone Augustus of LSU in the women's voting and was named to the All-Senior All-America team, as well. Currie and Augustus will square off against each other Sunday night at 9:30 p.m. in the women's national semifinal contest.