THE LOU HENSON AWARD

2015 Lou Henson Award

USC Upstate's Ty Greene accepts the 2015 Lou Henson award at the CollegeInsider.com Award's Banquet on April 3 in Indianapolis.

April 3, 2015

2015 LOU HENSON AWARD

INDIANAPOLIS, IN -- USC Upstate's Ty Greene is the recipient of the 2015 Lou Henson National Player of the Year award. 

The Lou Henson Award is presented annually to the Mid-Major player in division I college basketball. The finalists for the award also represent the Lou Henson All-America team.

The award is named in honor of Henson who retired after a spectacular coaching career that lasted 41 years. When he left the game in 2005 he was sixth all-time in career Division I wins with 779. He is the winningest coach at both Illinois and New Mexico State. He is one of only 12 coaches in the history of the game to take two schools to the Final Four. 

NOTE: Ron Baker (Wichita State), Kyle Collinsworth (BYU), Kevin Pangos (Gonzaga), Cameron Payne (Murray State), Seth Tuttle (Northern Iowa), Kyle Wiltjer (Gonzaga) and Fred VanVleet (Wichita State) were named to the Lute Olson All-Amercia team.
 

LOU HENSON ALL-AMERICA TEAM

Lawrence Alexander 6-3 Sr. North Dakota State
D.J. Balentine 6-2 Jr. Evansville
John Brown 6-8 Jr. High Point
Julius Brown 5-10 Sr. Toledo
Jalen Cannon 6-6 Sr. St. Francis Brooklyn
Karl Cochran 6-1 Sr. Wofford
AJ English 6-4 Jr. Iona
Kahlil Felder 5-9 So. Oakland
Chris Fowler 6-1 Jr. Central Michigan
Ty Greene 6-3 Sr. USC Upstate
Tyler Harvey 6-4 So. Eastern Washington
Corey Hawkins 6-3 Sr. UC Davis
Tyler Haws 6-5 Sr. BYU
R.J. Hunter 6-6 Jr. Georgia State
John Jordan 5-10 Sr. Texas A&M Corpus Christi
David Laury 6-9 Sr. Iona
Shawn Long 6-9 Jr. UL-Lafayette
Mikh McKinney 6-1 Sr. Sacramento State
Justin Moss 6-7 Jr. Buffalo
Mike Myers 6-9 Sr. UMES
Saah Nimley 5-8 Sr. Charleston Southern
Wesley Saunders 6-5 Sr. Harvard
Justin Sears 6-8 Jr. Yale
Keifer Sykes 6-0 Sr. Green Bay
Marcus Thornton 6-4 Sr. William & Mary
Corey Walden 6-2 Sr. Eastern Kentucky
Brad Waldow 6-10 Sr. Saint Mary's
Thomas Walkup 6-4 Jr. Stephen F. Austin
Jameel Warney 6-8 Jr. Stony Brook
Jalan West 5-10 Jr. Northwestern State
Alan Williams 6-8 Sr. UC Santa Barbara

NOTE: There was a tie in the voting so there are 31 players among the finalists for the 2015 Award.

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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