THE LOU HENSON AWARD

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The 2022 Lou Henson National Player of the Year award will be announced on April 1 in New Orleans, site of the NCAA men's basketball championship.

Jan. 12, 2022

THE MID-SEASON WATCH LIST

BOSTON, MA -- The Mid-Season Watch List for the 2021-22 Lou Henson National Player of the Year award was announced on Wednesday.

The award, which is presented annually to the top mid-major player in division I college basketball, honors the former Illinois and New Mexico State head coach who won 775 games in 41 seasons.

Henson is the winningest coach in Illinois basketball history with 423 victories. During his 21 seasons (1975-1996), Henson led the Fighting Illini to 16 postseason appearances, including 12 NCAA tournaments and a Final Four appearance in 1989.

Henson, who is also the all-time winningest coach in New Mexico State history with 289 victories, is one of only 11 coaches to take two different schools to the NCAA Final Four. His teams have made 19 NCAA appearances and four NIT appearances.

Players on teams from the following conferences are eligible for the award: America East, Atlantic Sun, Big Sky, Big South, Big West, Colonial, Horizon, Ivy, Metro Atlantic, Mid-American, Mid-Eastern, Missouri Valley, Northeast, Ohio Valley, Patriot, Southern, Southland, Southwestern, Summit, Sun Belt, Western Athletic, and West Coast.

2021-22 LOU HENSON AWARD MID-SEASON WATCH LIST

Max Abmas

6-1

Jr.

Oral Roberts

Fardaws Aimaq

6-11

So.

Utah Valley

Jovan Blacksher Jr.

5-11

Jr.

Grand Canyon

Jamaree Bouyea

6-2

Sr.

San Francisco

Johni Broome

6-10

So.

Morehead State

Jordan Brown

6-11

So.

Louisiana

Tevin Brown

6-5

Jr.

Murray State

Joe Bryant Jr.

6-1

Sr.

Norfolk State

D.J. Burns

6-9

Jr.

Winthrop

Jamal Cain

6-7

Sr.

Oakland

Sincere Carry

6-1

Jr.

Kent State

John Carter

6-4

Sr.

Navy

Ryan Davis

6-8

Sr.

Vermont

Tavian Dunn-Martin

5-8

Sr.

FGCU

Savion Flagg

6-7

Sr.

Sam Houston

Ques Glover

6-0

So.

Samford

Cam Holden

6-5

Sr.

Towson

Tanner Holden

6-6

Jr.

Wright State

Jalen Johnson

6-7

Jr.

Alabama A&M

Tevian Jones

6-7

Sr.

Southern Utah

Nelly Junior Joseph

6-9

So.

Iona

Jaelin Llewellyn

6-2

Sr.

Princeton

Koby McEwen

6-4

Sr.

Weber State

Darius McGhee

5-9

Sr.

Liberty

Jayveous McKinnis

6-7

Sr.

Jackson State

Jalen Moore

5-11

Jr.

Oakland

Alex Morales

6-6

Sr.

Wagner

Isiaih Mosley

6-5

Jr.

Missouri State

Grayson Murphy

6-2

Jr.

Belmont

Nick Muszynski

6-11

Jr.

Belmont

Norchad Omier

6-7

So.

Arkansas State

George Papas

6-5

Sr.

Monmouth

MJ Randolph

6-4

Sr.

Florida A&M

Ryan Rollins

6-4

So.

Toledo

Mark Sears

6-1

So.

Ohio

Malachi Smith

6-4

So.

Chattanooga

Cam Spencer

6-4

Jr.

Loyola MD

Amadou Sow

6-9

Sr.

UC Santa Barbara

Azar Swain

6-0

Sr.

Yale

Jalen Williams

6-6

Jr.

Santa Clara

Douglas Wilson

6-7

Sr.

South Dakota State

 

The Lou Henson National Player of the Year Award, which is presented annually to the top mid-major player in division I college basketball, honors the former Illinois and New Mexico State head coach who won 775 games in 41 seasons.
 
Henson is the winningest coach in Illinois basketball history with 423 victories. During his 21 seasons (1975-1996), Henson led the Fighting Illini to 16 postseason appearances, including 12 NCAA tournaments and a Final Four appearance in 1989.
 
Henson, who is also the all-time winningest coach in New Mexico State history with 289 victories, is one of only 11 coaches to take two different schools to the NCAA Final Four. His teams have made 19 NCAA appearances and four NIT appearances.
 
Players on teams from the following conferences are eligible for the award: America East, ASUN, Big Sky, Big South, Big West, Colonial, Horizon, Ivy, Metro Atlantic, Mid-American, MEAC, Missouri Valley, Northeast, Ohio Valley, Patriot, Southern, Southland, SWAC, Summit, Sun Belt, West Coast.
 
The recipient of of the 2021 award will be announced on April 1.
 

The Lou Henson award committee is a 30 member panel, consisting of five current division I head coaches, five retired head coaches, 10 current athletic directors and/or conference administrators, five members of the national media and five collegeinsider.com staff members. 
 
RULES AND CRITERIA
 
The Lou Henson award is presented annually to the top division I mid-major player as voted on by the award committee. Eligible players must in the following conferences or leagues: America East, Atlantic Sun, Big Sky, Big South, Big West, Colonial, Horizon, Independents, Ivy, Metro Atlantic, Mid-American, Mid-Eastern, Missouri Valley, Northeast, Ohio Valley, Patriot, Southern, Southland, Southwestern, Summit, Sun Belt, West Coast and Western Athletic.
 
NOTE: The basis for mid-major designation is based on the criteria established by the Mid-Major Top 25 ® which was created by CollegeInsider.com and is a registered trademark.
 
SCHEDULE OF RELEASES
 
November: Preseason Watch List announced
January: Mid-Season Watch List announced
March: Finalist announced
April 2:: Lou Henson National Player of the Year announced
 
AWARD PRESENTATION
 
The recipients of the 17 national awards, presented by CollegeInsider.com, are announced annually at the site of the NCAA men’s division I basketball championship.
 
The recipient of the 2018 Lou Henson award will be announced on April 2 in San Antonio, site of the Men's NCAA Basketball Championship.
 
 

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