Penn State's John Harrar has been named a top-30 candidate for the Senior CLASS Award.
To be eligible for the award, a player must be classified as 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 athletes to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.
From the list of 30 candidates, a committee will select 10 finalists in February. Those 10 names will then be placed on the official ballot for a nationwide vote. Fan balloting will be coupled with votes from coaches and media to determine the recipient of the award.
Harrar has been actively involved in several community service initiatives throughout his time in Happy Valley, including the State College Area Down Syndrome Society Buddy Walk, Coaches vs. Cancer-Penn State initiatives, and volunteering at the Centre County United Way Day of Caring where he and the Nittany Lions have served breakfasts to the 1,500 volunteers.
The undisputed heart and soul for the Nittany Lions, Harrar likely had multiple high-level suitors in the offseason when he entered the transfer portal, before ultimately deciding to stick around at Penn State for a sixth season.
Harrar and Illinois' Kofi Cockburn are the only two Big Ten players averaging a double-double thus far this season. Harrar is averaging 10.8 points and 11.0 rebounds per game. His 11.0 rebounds per game places him in the top 10 nationally.
Harrar is also a three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree.
Lions head coach Micah Shrewsberry has highlighted Harrar's importance to Penn State and Penn State basketball several times this season, most recently after Sunday's game against Ohio State.
"What that kid does every day, in practice, in the film room, in the locker room, on the court, that's Penn State," Shrewsberry said. "When I got here and people started telling me about it, you know, I got people on my staff from Penn State, and people in the community telling me about Penn State. What I hear what Penn State is, I see it every day and I see it in John."
"So, like what he does who he is, I'm gonna fight tooth and nail. Even if that means I got to get my old ass out there and play too. I'm gonna fight tooth and nail for that dude to have a good season."