(Photo by BYU Photo/Mark Philbrick)
BOSTON – CollegeInsider.com has named BYU junior guard Tyler Haws a finalist for the 2014 Lou Henson Award.
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. All finalists have also been named to the 2013-14 Lou Henson All-America team.
"This is without question the best group of finalists we have ever had," said CollegeInsider.com's Angela Lento. "Selecting the player of the year from this group will not be easy."
Haws led BYU to a 23-12 record, the WCC championship game and an at-large bid to the 2014 NCAA Tournament. He led the WCC in scoring and is sixth in the nation at 23.2 points per game. In addition to the Lou Henson honors, Haws has been named the WCC Player of the Year, first-team All-WCC and has received first-team all-district honors from the NABC and USBWA.
Previous recipients of the award include Matthew Dellavedova (Saint Mary's, 2013), Kyle O'Quinn (Norfolk State, 2012), Matt Howard (Butler, 2011) and Keith Benson (Oakland 2010).
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 2014 Henson award will be announced at the CollegeInsider.com Awards Banquet on April 4 in Dallas, site of the Division I Men's Basketball Championship.
*Ron Baker (Wichita State), Billy Baron (Canisius) and Cleanthony Early (Wichita State) were named to the Lute Olson All-America Team.
2014 LOU HENSON ALL-AMERICA TEAM
Ike Azotam, Quinnipiac
Travis Bader, Oakland
George Beamon, Manhattan
Taylor Braun, North Dakota State
Alec Brown, Green Bay
David Brown, Western Michigan
Julius Brown, Toledo
Glenn Cosey, Eastern Kentucky
Torrey Craig, USC Upstate
Langston Hall, Mercer
Tyler Haws, BYU
Troy Huff, North Dakota
R.J. Hunter, Georgia State
Jeremy Ingram, North Carolina Central
Kareem Jamar, Montna
J.J. Mann, Belmont
Z. Mason, Chattanooga
Javon McCrea, Buffalo
Aaric Murray, Texas Southern
Jake Odum, Indiana State
Jacob Parker, Stephen F. Austin
Elfrid Payton, Louisiana Lafayette
Devon Saddler, Delaware
Wesley Saunders, Harvard
Justin Sears, Yale
Kiefer Sykes, Green Bay
Jameel Warney, Stony Brook
Jalan West, Northwestern State
Alan Williams, UC Santa Barbara
Pendarvis Williams, Nofolk State