THE LOU HENSON AWARD

2021 Lou Henson Award

April 1, 2021

THE 2021 AWARD

BOSTON, MA -- Oral Roberts’ Max Abmas is the recipient of the 2021 Lou Henson award.

The 6-foot-1 sophomore led the nation in scoring, averaging 24.5 points per game and ranked third nationally with 4.0 made three-point field goals per contest. He scored 30 or more on seven occasions and was the only player in College Basketball to score 40 or more points in a game twice, including a 42-point effort against Summit League regular-season champion South Dakota State on Feb. 13.

“Special players make it look easy and Max Abmas certainly makes it look effortless,” said Angela Lento Vice President of CollegeInsider.com. “He needs just a little daylight to beat you from beyond the arc and if you get out on him, he will beat you off the bounce. He’s a tireless worker who makes everyone around him better.”

The Summit League Player of the Year helped lead the Golden Eagles to their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2008. He scored 29 and 26 points respectively in wins over Ohio State and Florida, as Oral Roberts became just the second No. 15 seed to ever advance to the Sweet 16. The Rockwall, TX native had a game-high 25 points in the regional semifinal loss to Arkansas.

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, 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, West Coast.


2019-20 LOU HENSON ALL-AMERICA TEAM
 

MAX ABMAS

6-1

SO.

ORAL ROBERTS

Fardaws Aimaq

6-11

So.

Utah Valley

Ledarrius Brewer

6-5

Jr.

ETSU

Johni Broome

6-10

Fr.

Morehead State

Loren Cristian Jackson

5-8

Sr.

Akron

Antoine Davis

6-1

Jr.

Detroit Mercy

Michael Flowers

6-1

Sr.

South Alabama

Tanner Groves

6-9

Jr.

Eastern Washington

Marreon Jackson

6-1

Sr.

Toledo

DeVante Jones

6-1

Jr.

Coastal Carolina

Cameron Krutwig

6-9

Sr.

Loyola Chicago

Matt Lewis

6-5

Sr.

James Madison

Loudon Love

6-8

Sr.

Wright State

Darius McGhee

5-9

Jr.

Liberty

Jaquori McLaughlin

6-4

Sr.

UCSB

Isaiah Miller

6-1

Sr.

UNCG

Isiaih Mosley

6-5

So.

Missouri State

Grayson Murphy

6-2

Jr.

Belmont

Nick Muszynski

6-11

Jr.

Belmont

Zach Nutall

6-3

Jr.

Sam Houston

Kevin Obanor

6-8

Jr.

Oral Roberts

Roman Penn

6-0

Jr.

Drake

Jason Preston

6-4

Jr.

Ohio

Isaiah Ross

6-3

Sr.

Iona

Cedric Russell

6-2

Sr.

Louisiana

Anthony Tarke

6-6

Sr.

Coppin State

Terry Taylor

6-5

Sr.

Austin Peay

Chandler Vaudrin

6-7

Sr.

Winthrop

Tyson Walker

6-0

So.

Northeastern

Camren Wynter

6-2

Jr.

Drexel


 

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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