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Indiana Women’s Basketball star Brenna Wise named to Senior CLASS Award First Team

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March 31, 2020

Indiana University Athletics

 

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. –  Indiana senior forward Brenna Wise was selected to the Senior CLASS Award First Team.

 

The award, chosen by a nationwide vote of Division I women’s basketball coaches, national basketball media and fans, is given annually to the most outstanding senior student-athlete in Division I women’s basketball. Oregon’s Sabrina Ionescu won the overall Senior CLASS Award.

Brenna Wise

 

An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: classroom, community, character and competition.

 

The Pittsburgh, Pa. native is a two-year team captain and started every game for Indiana in her career. In her final season in Cream and Crimson, Wise averaged 7.9 points and a team-high 5.9 rebounds per game. In her career, Wise scored 1,421 career points and 849 rebounds and was a 2018-19 All-Big Ten second team selection. A double major in marketing and professional sales in IU’s Kelley School of Business, Wise excels in the classroom with a 3.89 GPA and has been named an Academic All-Big Ten selection and a 2019 CoSIDA Academic All District. She will graduate in May 2020.

She is an executive member of IU Student Athletic Advisory Committee (SAAC). She has volunteered her time with countless organizations including Hoosiers Helping Hoosiers, Emerging Leaders, Hoosier HEROES, Hoosier Readers, IU Best Buddies, Camp Riley, Hoosier Outrun Cancer, Candy Stripe Crew event for disabled and handicapped adult and children, Slam Dunk for Literacy, Habitat for Humanity.

 

2019-20 Senior CLASS Award First-Team All-Americans

Lauren Cox, Baylor University

Ellie Harmeyer, Belmont University

Sabrina Ionescu, University of Oregon* (winner)

Mikayla Pivec, Oregon State University

Brenna Wise, Indiana University

 

2019-20 Senior CLASS Award Second-Team All-Americans

Chelsea Brackmann, Bradley University

Kaila Charles, University of Maryland

Bailey Greenberg, Drexel University

Ruthy Hebard, University of Oregon

Stella Johnson, Rider University

Peyton Williams, Kansas State University

 

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PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Megan Kemper; COURTESY INDIANA ATHLETIC COMMUNICATIONS

 

Lou Henson 2019-20 Player of the Year All-American Team

THE 2020 AWARD

BOSTON, MA — William & Mary’s Nathan Knight is the recipient of 2019-20 Lou Henson Award, which is presented annually to the nation’s top Division I mid-major player.

Knight, who was recently named to the Lefty Driesell Defensive All-America team, became just the second player in history to be named both the Colonial Athletic Association Player and Defensive Player of the Year. He also became just the fourth player in CAA history and the first since 1989 to average 20 points and 10 rebounds per game. He was one of only two players in college basketball to accomplish that this season.

The 6-foot-10 senior led the nation in player efficiency rating (34.9) and finished second in the country in double-doubles with 23. He also ranks among the top 20 nationally in free throws made (4th at 180), defensive rebound per game (6th at 7.8), win shares (10th at 6.3), total rebounds (13th at 337), total points (14th at 663), rebounds per game (16th at 10.5), field goals made (16th at 227) and points per game (19th at 20.7).

Nathan Knight of William & Mary is the recipient of the 2019-20 Lou Henson National Player of the Year Award.

Knight help lead the Tribe to a 21-11 record and a second-place finish in the CAA. The 21 wins were the most in the regular season for a Tribe team since 1950, and the 2019-20 squad equaled school records with 13 CAA wins and 10 road victories. William and Mary was also ranked in the Mid-Major Top 25 ® for the first time in school history.

The award honors Henson, the former Illinois and New Mexico State 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

Milan Acquaah * 6-3 Jr. California Baptist
E.J. Anosike 6-6 Jr. Sacred Heart
Paul Atkinson 6-10 Jr. Yale
Isaiah Blackmon 6-1 Sr. Saint Francis PA
Tray Boyd III 6-4 Sr. ETSU
Keith Braxton * 6-5 Sr. Saint Francis PA
AJ Brodeur * 6-8 Sr. Penn
Tevin Brown 6-5 So. Murray State
Desure Buie 5-11 Sr. Hofstra
Elijah Childs * 6-7 Jr. Bradley
Yoeli Childs * 6-8 Sr. BYU
Carlos Dotson 6-7 Sr. Western Carolina
Jordan Ford * 6-1 Sr. Saint Mary’s
Eugene German 6-0 Sr. Northern Illinois
AJ Green * 6-4 So. Northern Iowa
Kevon Harris * 6-6 Sr. Stephen F. Austin
Juvaris Hayes 6-0 Sr. Merrimack
Bo Hodges 6-5 Jr. ETSU
Caleb Homesley * 6-6 Sr. Liberty
Loren Jackson 5-8 Jr. Akron
Scottie James * 6-8 Sr. Liberty
Carlik Jones * 6-1 Jr. Radford
Nathan Knight * 6-10 Sr. William & Mary
Cameron Krutwig * 6-9 Jr. Loyola Chicago
Adam Kunkel 6-3 So. Belmont
Anthony Lamb * 6-6 Sr. Vermont
Loudon Love * 6-8 Jr. Wright State
Jordan Lyons * 5-11 Sr. Furman
Max Mahoney * 6-8 Sr. Boston University
Isaiah Miller * 6-0 Jr. UNCG
Sa’eed Nelson * 6-2 Sr. American
Markquis Nowell 5-7 So. Little Rock
Nijal Pearson * 6-5 Sr. Texas State
Jalen Pickett * 6-4 So. Siena
Grant Riller * 6-3 Sr. Charleston
Colbey Ross * 6-1 Jr. Pepperdine
Terry Taylor * 6-5 Jr. Austin Peay
Jahlil Tripp 6-5 Sr. Pacific
Tyson Ward 6-6 Sr. North Dakota State
Douglas Wilson 6-7 Jr. South Dakota State

* Named to Lou Henson Preseason Watch List


 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF THE LOU HENSON PLAYER OF THE YEAR AWARD

Wright State’s Loudon Love named to Lou Henson All-America Team

 

After averaging just shy of a double-double for the season, Wright State big man Loudon Love has been named to the 2019-20 Lou Henson All-America Team, which honors the nation’s best mid-major players in Division I college basketball.

A total of 40 players comprised this year’s All-America Team, with Love being the lone representative from the Horizon League. This is Love’s second consecutive Lou Henson All-America selection after also receiving the honor after his 2018-19 campaign.

Loudon Love

Love finished the 2019-20 season averaging 15.9 points per game and 9.7 rebounds per contest, turning in double digit scoring performances in 21 of his 26 regular season games played, including 17 in league play. He finished with 11 double-double performances this season, including eight in league play, and will enter the 2020-21 campaign just 26 rebounds shy of becoming program’s all-time leading rebounder and surpassing Bill Edwards’ 907 total boards.

Love’s 3.85 offensive rebounds per game average finished No. 10th in the country, while his 9.7 rebounds/game average was No. 38 nationally and his 261 total rebounds were the 86th-most in the country.

Offensively, Love became the 33rd member of Wright State’s 1,000 Point Club during non-conference play and goes into the offseason with 1,393 career points in three seasons, which is No. 15 on Wright State’s all-time scoring list. Next on the list is a pair of Raiders from the program’s early years – Bob Grote (1972–76) at No. 14 with 1,406 career points and Lyle Falknor (1972–76) at No. 13 with 1,418 career points.

The Lou Henson Award and All-America Team honors Henson, the former Illinois and New Mexico State coach who won 775 games in 41 seasons. Henson is the winningest coach in Illinois basketball history with 423 victories and in New Mexico State history with 289 victories. He 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, including a Final Four appearance in 1989 at Illinois.

Wright State head coach Scott Nagy‘s first coaching job following graduation was at Illinois under Henson, and Nagy was part of two NCAA tournament teams in his two seasons on the staff, including the Final Four trip in 1989. While at Illinois, Nagy coached alongside his dad, Dick, who was a longtime assistant under Henson.

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.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF WRIGHT STATE ATHLETICS

Ohio Northern Men’s Basketball Team saw growth and improvement during 2019-20 Season

March 27, 2020

ADA — The Ohio Northern men’s basketball team took its fair share of lumps during the 2019-20 season. But by the end of the year those lumps translated into growth, and that growth resulted in wins, and that experience that will help the Polar Bears in the coming years.

“We were young, and we were inexperienced,” ONU head coach Rich Bensman said. “The guys stayed together, played hard and practiced hard.”

Northern finished the season, owning a 9-16 overall record, which included a 5-13 mark in Ohio Athletic Conference play. ONU finished the season on a high note, winning its last three games.

Much of that strong finish was due to the youthful roster finding its collective footing. And to call the 2019-20 Polar Bears young would constitute an understatement, as nine of the 14 players on the roster were either freshmen or sophomores.

“At the end of the year, those freshmen kind of grew up, and they weren’t freshmen anymore,” Bensman said.

Freshman forward C.J. Napier (Miamisburg/Bishop Fenwick) led that youthful group. He started every game in which he played, averaging a team-best 16.3 points per game to go alongside a team-high seven rebounds per contest. Napier was named Honorable Mention All-OAC for his efforts.

Fellow freshman Landen Long (Mason) recorded a strong season from the outside. He started 21 of his 25 games played, tallying 11 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game.

Sophomore guard Brandon Waugh (Columbus/Northland), much like Northern did as a team, finished the season quite strong. He averaged 10.6 points per game, pouring in double figures in five of his last seven games, culminating with a 29-point, career-best outburst in the regular-season finale.

Waugh started all 25 games and wasn’t just an offensive threat. He led the squad in assists (2.6) and steals (1.7) per game, while adding 3.8 boards per contest.

“I think it’s encouraging with this young group of guys,” Bensman said. “They have great character. They remind me a lot of the classes we had when we were playing for the title — whether that was the regular-season title or conference tournament title — so that’s the model we are trying to repeat.”

A few veterans produced on the floor, as well. Junior forward Thomas Phillips (Kenton) added 10.4 points and 5.3 rebounds per game, while senior guard Austin Allemeier (Elida) and senior forward Caleb Bryan (Pittsburgh, Pa./Montour) chipped in 7.3 and 7.1 points per contest, respectively.

“Their work ethic is what stands out,” Bensman said. “I would see Austin in the gym often shooting to become better in that area. He was on the floor primarily for defensive purposes, and he wanted to improve some of the other areas of his game. Caleb came back better every year and played his role well.”

So while those two will depart, a lion’s share of the roster returns. And if the end of 2019-20 is a sign of things to come, the future is quite bright for the young Polar Bears.

 

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN By Bud Denega; COURTESY ONU SPORTS INFORMATION

UC Bearcats guard Keith Williams to test NBA Draft Evaluation Process

 

Keith Williams dribbing against North Carolina Central (courtesy UC Sports Communications)

Mar. 27, 2020

CINCINNATI – University of Cincinnati junior guard Keith Williams (Brooklyn, N.Y./Bishop Loughlin Memorial) will submit his name for consideration in the 2020 NBA Draft he announced via social media Friday.

 

“Bearcat Nation, thank you for the past three years,” Williams said. “The experiences I was able to accumulate in the classroom, community and on the basketball court has propelled me to become the person I am now. The classroom has helped me build love and a mental capacity for academics. I’ve gotten opportunities to touch the lives of the youth with community service, the community has also showered me with love and support after seeing the passion and hard work I’ve displayed on the court.

 

“After progressive conversations with my family, coaches and mentors, I’ve decided that I will enter the 2020 NBA Draft with the intent of hiring an agent; however, I will be keeping my options open.”

 

A rule change by the NCAA a year ago allows Williams to sign with an NCAA-certified agent and gain feedback while maintaining the opportunity to return to Cincinnati for his senior campaign.

 

Williams has until Sunday, April 26 to decide whether to remain in the draft or return to school. The 2020 NBA Draft is scheduled for Thursday, June 25 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. However, the league may adjust both dates due to the current coronavirus pandemic.

 

“I have spoken to Keith and his family since the basketball season ended several weeks ago,” UC head coach John Brannen said. “I am in full support of Keith’s desire to enter the NBA Draft process. This is a process that I encourage our underclassmen to go through and I look forward to assisting Keith during it.”

 

Williams enjoyed his best season as a Bearcat during the 2019-20 campaign. He averaged 12.6 points, 4.6 rebounds, 1.2 steals and 0.9 blocks while shooting 43.5 percent (136 of 313) from the field, 34.2 percent (27 of 79) from 3-point range and 79.2 percent (80 of 101) from the free throw line.

 

During American Athletic Conference play, Williams ranked among league leaders in free throw percentage (fourth at .833), field goal percentage (11th at .437), blocks (tied for 13th at 0.8), steals (15th at 1.3), points (tied for 15th at 12.7) and minutes played (22nd at 29.2).

 

Williams earned AAC Weekly Honor Roll accolades on March 9 after scoring a career-high 30 points on 12-of-18 shooting with four steals in UC’s 79-67 comeback win at USF on March 3. Earlier in the season he posted a game-best 23 points on 6-of-10 shooting with four 3-pointers in an 82-73 home win over Vermont on Dec. 3.

-GoBearcats.com-

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Andre Foushee; COURTESY UC SPORTS COMMUNICATIONS

 

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