Feb. 25, 2013
The University of Montana's Will Cherry has been named one of 25 finalists the top Mid-Major player in the nation - - the 2013 Lou Henson Award, CollegeInsider.com announced today (Monday, Feb. 25).
Cherry, a 6-foot-1 senior point guard from West Oakland, Calif., leads 19-6 Montana in assists (4.4 apg) and steals (1.9 pg); and is second in rebounding (4.4 rpg) and third in scoring (13.2 ppg).
He missed UM's first seven games this season due to an injury, therefore he has not played in enough games to be ranked in the Big Sky Conference's individual statistics. However, he would be ranked among the league leaders in several categories, and will be after he plays in his 21st game (he's played in 18 so far) this season. He is the only player from the conference on the finalists list.
Cherry has a school-record 258 career steals, which rank him second in Big Sky history. His 1,429 career points rank him seventh in school history. He's fourth all-time at UM with 390 career assists.
Cherry was also a finalist for the award last season, and named to the 2012 Lou Henson Mid-Major All-America team. He was also selected to the 10-player All-District VIII basketball team by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association a year ago. Last season he was named the Big Sky's "Defensive Player of the Year," and was a unanimous first team all-league pick.
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 one of only 12 coaches in the history of the game to take two schools to the Final Four.
The 2013 Award will be presented at the CollegeInsider.com awards banquet in Atlanta, site of the men's NCAA Basketball Championship.
For the second straight year CollegeInsider.com is working with Point3 Basketball to promote the Lou Henson award "fan vote," which will constitute 33% of the final vote.
2013 LOU HENSON FAN VOTING FAQs: How do fans vote? It's easy! Go to VoteLouHenson.com. This URL will route you to the POINT 3 Facebook page where voting and social sharing happens dynamically.
Can voting be done from a phone? YES! The voting platform is mobile-optimized. Send everyone to the same URL - VoteLouHenson.com.
When does voting end? Midnight, Sunday, March 17th. The winner will be announced Thursday, March 21st via email, press release and social promotion. Remember - fan vote counts for 33% of the actual Lou Henson award!
How often can fans vote? Once per campaign. (Not once per day.) add 1-1-1
THE 2013 LOU HENSON MID-MAJOR PLAYER OF THE YEAR LIST
Travis Bader, 6-5, Jr,. Oakland
Billy Baron, 6-2, Jr., Canisius
Jerrelle Benimon, 6-8, Jr,. Towson
Tommy Brenton, 6-5, Sr., Stony Brook
Ryan Broekhoff, 6-,7 Sr., Valparaiso
Isaiah Canaan 6-,1 Sr., Murray State
Jackie Carmichae,l 6-9, Sr,. Illinois State
Will Cherry, 6-1, Sr., Montana
Ian Clark, 6-3, Sr,. Belmont
Jake Cohen, 6-1,0 Sr., Davidson
D.J. Coope,r 6-0, Sr,. Ohio
Matthew Dellavedova, 6-4, Sr., Saint Mary's
James Ennis, 6-7, Sr., Long Beach
Juan'ya Green, 6-3, So., Niagara
Tyler Haws, 6-5, So,. BYU
Lamont Jones, 6-0, Sr,. Iona
Jake Odum, 6-4, Jr,. Indiana State
Jamal Olasewere, 6-7, Sr,. LIU-Brooklyn
Zeke Marshall, 7-0, Sr., Akron
Ray McCallum, 6-,3 Jr., Detroit
Doug McDermott, 6-8, Jr., Creighton
Mike Muscal,a 6-1,1 Sr., Bucknell
Augustine Rubit, 6-,7 Jr., South Alabama
Taylor Smith, 6-6, Sr., Stephen F. Austin
Nate Wolters, 6-4, Sr., South Dakota State
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