Jacob Seloff has added his name to the awards tradition at Hume-Fogg Academic.
The senior guard was named winner of the Moss-Oliver Award at a Wednesday luncheon. He became the second straight member of the Knights boys basketball team to win the prestigious award. Sam Smith won it in 2012.
Post player Lauren Thompson was the girls winner and made the Moss-Oliver the latest award of her star-studded year.
The award, named for administrators J.D. Moss and William Henry Oliver in the 1960s, is presented annually to a Nashville high school male and female basketball player who excels on the court, in the classroom and in the community.
In one of the rare times in the history of the award, teammates, Seloff and Jacob Uskavitch, comprised two of the three finalists.
“I was very surprised to win the award,” Seloff said. “It was special for me to be a finalist along with one of my teammates. We just found out two days ago. We were very happy for each other.
“… This, along with being accepted to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, are my greatest achievements.”
Freshmen at Army must try out for sports, and Seloff said he would give basketball a shot.
He was a two-year starter for the Knights and was captain his senior year, when he led the team in assists-to-turnover ratio and minutes played. He had a 4.0 GPA, scored 32 on the ACT, attended honors classes and was in a leadership member position of several community involvements, including the American Red Cross Club.
“Having two of the three finalists this year and both the winner this year and last year speaks to what Hume-Fogg is all about,” coach David Givens said. “I am so blessed to have been able to coach both of them. [Seloff] had a 4.0 and [Uskavitch] had a 3.98 GPA. I am so proud of them both.”
Thompson, who signed early with Belmont, capped a spectacular high school career when she helped lead CPA to two straight state championships and was named tournament MVP both times.
“I was really surprised [to win the award], this is simply amazing,” said Thompson, who set a state tournament record for defensive rebounds, was named Sports Writers All-State, scored more than 1,000 points and was co-captain.
Asked about the success the school has had (four basketball state titles in two seasons) with this being the latest honor, she said, “it’s crazy, all the success we’ve had at CPA. I am so proud of all of my teammates.”
Thompson scored a 29 on the ACT and has a 4.17 GPA. She was also a member of the national honor art society, FCA and was involved in numerous community activities, including Second Harvest Food Bank.
“Lauren is so deserving,” coach Becky LeGate said. “She is the epitome of what CPA student-athlete is all about. She has been so uplifting as a player and is one of the key reason we won two championships.”
Other boys finalists:
• Jacob Uskavitch, Hume-Fogg: Three-year letterman and team captain, along with Seloff, also soccer captain. Scored 33 on ACT, had 3.98 GPA, National Honor Society, Maxim Cum Laude on National Latin, national honor society, member of Tennessee Junior Classical League and church usher. Will attend University of Virginia on AP honors scholarship.
• Gunnar Miller, Davidson Academy: Four-year letterman, made all-district his senior year when he was team captain. Is salutatorian, had 4.2 GPA (honors diploma) and 34 ACT. Member of National Honor Society and was named Mr. Davidson Academy. Was member of Mu Alpha Theta Math Honors Society. Involved in Nashville Flood Relief three years ago and church projects. Has committed to Centre (Ky.) College.
Other girls finalists:
• Tanginique Nowlin, Ezell-Harding: Captain of the Eagles team, named all-district and all-region tournament team, Wendy’s Heisman School award, with 3.5 GPA. Member of National Beta Club, member of the school chorus, was sophomore class officer. Signed recently with Maryville College, which she chose over Carson-Newman and Sewanee (University of the South). Plans to major in biology, specialize in orthopedics.
• Warner Tidwell, Harpeth Hall: Four-year starter for Bears, leading them to DII state quarterfinals her senior year. Region MVP and two-time DII all-state selection. Has 3.9 GPA, 33 on ACT and will graduate summa cum laude. Is member of student council, media club, pep club, president’s council. Is an acolyte of church and member of Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Service mission trips Puerto Penasco, Mexico and Arizona. Has committed to North Carolina to play volleyball.
Dale Denny, chairman of the selection committee, made the presentations.
Franklin Road Academy senior Derica Wyatt, who was inadvertently omitted from the list of last week’s Hancock-Nipper Sportsmanship Award winners, was presented her award Wednesday at the luncheon.