THE LOU HENSON AWARD

2019 Lou Henson Award

April 5, 2019

THE 2019 AWARD

MINNEAPOLIS, MN -- Sharpshooting guard Fletcher Magee of Wofford is the 2018-19 recipient of the Lou Henson Award given annually to the nation’s best mid-major player in Division I college basketball.

Magee poured in 158 3-pointers this season to finish his career as the NCAA Division I career leader with 509, connecting at a 43.5 percent clip. His scoring (20.3 ppg) helped the Terriers to the best season in school history. Wofford won a school-record 30 games, earned a 7 seed in the NCAA Tournament, where it crushed Seton Hall 84-68 in the opening round before losing to Kentucky by six points. All five Wofford losses came against NCAA Tournament teams.

Magee shot 44 percent from the field and 91 percent from the free throw line this season, finishing his career as a two-time Southern Conference Player of the Year with 2,516 points. 

The award honors Henson, the former Illinois and New Mexico State 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, Great West, Horizon, Independents, Ivy, Metro Atlantic, Mid-American, Mid-Eastern, Missouri Valley, Northeast, Ohio Valley, Patriot, Southern, Southland, Southwestern, Summit, Sun Belt, West Coast.


2019 LOU HENSON ALL-AMERICA TEAM
 
Bryce Aiken 6-0 Jr.. Harvard
Francis Alonso 6-3 Sr. UNC Greensboro
Keith Braxton 6-4 Jr. Saint Francis PA
Tookie Brown 5-11 Jr. Georgia Southern
Devontae Cacok 6-7 Sr. UNCW
Yoeli Childs 6-8 Jr. BYU
Chris Clemons 5-9 Sr. Campbell
Jeremy Combs 6-7 Sr. Texas Southern
Mike Daum 6-9 Sr. South Dakota State
Antoine Davis 6-1 Fr. Detroit
Frankie Ferrari 6-0 Sr. San Francisco
Jordan Ford 6-1 Jr. Saint Mary's
JaKeenan Gant 6-8 Sr. Louisiana
Rapolas Ivanauskas 6-10 Jr. Colgate
Cameron Jackson 6-8 Sr. Wofford
Carlik Jones 6-1 So. Radford
Nathan Knight 6-10 Jr. William & Mary
John Konchar 6-5 Sr. Purdue-Fort Wayne
Anthony Lamb 6-6 Jr. Vermont
Loudon Love 6-9 So. Wright State
Fletcher Magee 6-4 Sr. Wofford
Jermaine Marrow 6-0 Jr.. Hampton
CJ Massinburg 6-3 Sr. Buffalo
Garrison Mathews 6-5 Sr. Lipscomb
Nick Mayo 6-9 Sr. Eastern Kentucky
Drew McDonald 6-8 Sr. Northern Kentucky
Ja Morant 6-3 So. Murray State
Miye Oni 6-6 Jr. Yale
Nick Perkins 6-8 Sr. Buffalo
Matt Rafferty 6-8 Sr. Furman
Grant Riller 6-4 Jr. Charleston
D'Marcus Simonds 6-3 Jr. Georgia State
Terry Taylor 6-5 So. Austin Peay
Dylan Windler 6-7 Sr. Belmont
Justin Wright-Foreman 6-1 Sr. Hofstra
Cameron Young 6-6 Sr. Quinnipiac

 

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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