2012-13 Lou Henson Award

APRIL 5, 2013


BOSTON (MA) -- Saint Mary's Matthew Dellavedova is the recipient of the 2013 Lou Henson award..

"Matthew was the heart and soul of Saint Mary's basketball," said co-founder Angela Lento. "When the game was on the line, more often than not Dellavedova would deliver."

The Lou Henson Award is presented annually to the top Mid-Major player in Division I college basketball. The award is named in honor of Lou 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: Ian Clark (Belmont), Ray McCallum (Detroit), Doug McDermott (Creighton), Mike Muscala (Bucknell), Kelly Olynyk (Gonzaga) and Nate Wolters (South Dakota State) were named to the 2013 LUTE OLSON ALL-AMERICA TEAM.


Travis Bader, Oakland
Billy Baron, Canisius
Jerrelle Benimon, Towson
Tommy Brenton, Stony Brook
Ryan Broekhoff, Valparaiso
Isaiah Canaan, Murray State
Jackie Carmichael, Illinois State
Will Cherry, Montana
Jake Cohen, Davidson
D.J. Cooper, Ohio
Matthew Dellavedova, Saint Mary's
James Ennis, Long Beach
Shane Gibson, Sacred Heart
Juan'ya Green, Niagara
Courtney Hawkins, UC Davis
Tyler Haws, BYU
Troy Huff, North Dakota
Lamont Jones, Iona
Zeke Marshall, Akron
Jake Odum, Indiana State
Jamal Olasewere, LIU-Brooklyn
Keith Rendleman, UNC Wilmington
Augustine Rubit, South Alabama
Colt Ryan, Evansville
Taylor Smith, Stephen F. Austin

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, Coastal Athletic, CUSA, Horizon, Independents, Ivy, Metro Atlantic, Mid-American, MEAC, Missouri Valley, Northeast, Ohio Valley, Patriot, Southern, Southland, SWAC, Summit, Sun Belt, WAC, West Coast.
The recipient of the 2023-24 award will be announced in April, in Phoenix, AZ site of the men's NCAA Basketball Championship.

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.

The 10-member voting committee consists of current and former head coaches, as well as two senior staff members of
The award is presented annually at the site of the men's Division I NCAA basketball championship. 
NOTE: The basis for mid-major designation is based on the criteria established by the Mid-Major Top 25 ® which was created by and is a registered trademark.

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