Sophomore guard Juan’ya Green is one of 25 finalists for the 2013 Lou Henson National Mid-Major Player of the Year award announced on Monday, Feb. 25 by CollegeInsider.com.
Green has been the catalyst to the Niagara Purple Eagles (17-11, 12-4 MAAC) run to the top of the MAAC. Green, who ranks seventh in the nation in minutes logged, is the only player in the MAAC to rank in the top five in scoring (16.8 ppg, fifth), assists (5.0 apg, second), steals (1.9 spg, third) and assist/turnover ratio (1.8, tied first).
Green, who is the reigning MAAC Rookie of the Year and CollegeInsider.com National Mid-Major Freshman of the Year, became the 42nd member and just the second sophomore in NU history to score 1,000 points on Feb. 15.
This season, Green has recorded his fourth career 30-point game, tied a career-high in free throws with 12, recorded his first career double-double and played in a career-high 49 minutes while also registering two last second game-winning 3-pointers (Iona, Marist).
The two-time MAAC Player of the Week recipient was also named to the Bob Cousy Award Watch List on Dec. 20.
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 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.
The winner of the award will be announced on April 2 at halftime of the 2013 CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament championship game, which will be televised on CBS Sports Network. The Lou Henson award is one of 16 prestigious awards presented annually.
Finalists for this award are also eligible for the Lute Olson National Player of the Year award, which is also presented by CollegeInsider.com. The 2013 Lute Olson All-America team will be announced in early March.