Air Force's Max Yon Candidate for Senior CLASS Award

Courtesy of Air Force Athletic Communications

USAF Academy, Colo. - Air Force senior Max Yon has been selected as one of 60 men’s and women’s basketball student-athletes who excel both on and off the court as candidates for the 2014-15 Senior CLASS Award® in collegiate basketball. Yon is the lone player from the Mountain West conference and the three service academies to be selected.

Yon has been an active participant for the Dream to Read program every year at Elementary Schools, helping elementary kids reach their reading goals. He has participated in a local community trash pickup in his squadron, picking up trash in local parks off of Academy Blvd.

In Colorado Springs, he has been an active supporter for an 8-year-old boy named Benny who was diagnosed with cancer and participated in the St. Baldrick’s Foundation event which funds childhood cancer research. He has also participated in an annual YMCA Air Force Basketball Clinic for two years teaching kids of all ages fundamentals of the game.

Yon has a 2.98 grade point average and a major GPA of 3.34 in management. He has been selected for undergraduate pilot training following graduation and hopes to fly C-5’s or C-17s in the Air Force. On the court, Yon is the team’s leading scorer at over 15 points per game. He has twice scored a career-best 25 points this season.

To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character and competition. The complete list of candidates follows this release.

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.

Among the 60 candidates, 27 have grade-point averages of 3.5 or higher. Three of this year’s candidates were 2013-14 CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-Americans® and four are returning All-Americans. More than 20 of the 32 NCAA Division I basketball-playing conferences are represented as well.

The Senior CLASS Award winners will be announced during the 2015 NCAA Men’s Final Four® and NCAA Women’s Final Four®.

Each of the 30 candidate classes will be narrowed to 10 finalists later in the regular season, and those 10 names will be placed on the official ballot. Ballots will be distributed through a nationwide voting system to media, coaches and fans, who will select one male candidate and one female candidate who best exemplify excellence in the four Cs of community, classroom, character and competition.

For more information on each of the candidates, visit