LITTLE ROCK (Arkansas Tech) – Former Arkansas State offensive lineman Tom Castilaw has been named as one of 10 finalists for the inaugural Star of Tomorrow Award presented by Crain Automotive Team and the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame.
Castilaw, along with the other nine finalists, will be in attendance at the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame annual Induction Banquet on Feb. 3 at Verizon Arena in Little Rock. The winner of the inaugural Star of Tomorrow Award will be announced at the ASHOF Banquet.
The Star of Tomorrow Award was created by the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame to recognize the premier collegiate student-athlete for the state of Arkansas. The student-athletes were nominated by their respective schools Sports Information Directors and the number of nominees from a school was determined by its enrollment. Tech, who has an enrollment of over 10,000 students, was allowed to nominate six outstanding student-athletes from the 2011 calendar year for this Star of Tomorrow Award.
For this year's inaugural award, members of the media selected 10 finalists from a pool of over 70 nominations representing every college in the state. The voting to determine the winner will run from Jan. 17-31 and the final vote will be weighted in the following way: Current members of the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame (25 percent), inducted athletes of the Hall of Fame (25 percent), local sports journalists (25 percent) and the general public (25 percent). The voting for this year's award can be done online at www.ARStarofTomorrow.com.
Joining Castilaw as other finalists for the inaugural award are Arkansas Tech guard Jenny Vining, University of Arkansas-Little Rock guard Solomon Bozeman, Arkansas State University offensive lineman Tom Castilaw, University of Central Arkansas quarterback Nathan Dick, Harding University offensive lineman James Kee, University of Arkansas gymnast Jaime Pisani, University of Arkansas-Little Rock guard Chastity Reed, University of Arkansas pole vaulter Tina Sutej and University of Arkansas receiver Jarius Wright.