Belmont senior guard Ian Clark and Murray State senior guard Isaiah Canaan are two of 25 finalists for the Lou Henson National Player of the Year Award by CollegeInsider.com.
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.
Clark, who has previously has earned national honors from CollegeInsider.com as a 2010 Mid-Major Freshman All-America and a 2012 Mid-Major Defensive All-American, currently ranks in the Top 10 nationally in three-point field goal percentage and three-point field goals per game since season’s inception, and is third among all NCAA guards in field goal percentage.
Canaan, the reigning OVC Player of the Year and a unanimous All-American selection a year ago, is currently in the top 10 nationally in scoring, averaging 21.2 points/game. Canaan has knocked down 80 3-pointers this season and is also averaging 3.5 rebounds and 4.2 assists/game. He needs just 54 points to become the 17th player in OVC history to reach the 2,000 career point plateau.
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.
The 2013 Award will be presented at the CollegeInsider.com awards banquet in Atlanta, site of the men’s NCAA Basketball Championship.