Bader and Wolters Named Lou Henson Award Finalists

Bader and Wolters Named Lou Henson Award Finalists

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ELMHURST, Ill. – Oakland's Travis Bader and South Dakota State's Nate Wolters are among 25 finalists for the Lou Henson Award, presented annually to the top mid-major player in college basketball.

The Summit League duo ranks 1-2 in the NCAA for single-game scoring performances this season after Wolters poured in 53 at Fort Wayne on Feb. 7 and Bader tallied 47 vs. IUPUI on Jan. 24. Each received the Capital One Impact Performance of the week following their respective scoring outbursts.

Wolters ranks third in the NCAA in scoring (22.9 points per game) and 34th in assists (5.5 per game). He is on pace to become the first player since the NCAA began keeping assists as an official statistic (1983-84) to average 20 points, five assists and five rebounds in two separate seasons. Wolters has collected a Summit League record seven Player of the Week honors this season.

Bader leads the NCAA in three-point field goals per game (4.33), ranks fifth in scoring (22.3 points per game) and ninth in free throw percentage (88.9). His 39.9 three-point shooting percentage is 39th nationally.

The Summit League's Keith Benson (Oakland) received the Lou Henson Award following the 2009-10 season.

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 2013 Award will be presented at the CollegeInsider.com awards banquet in Atlanta, site of the men's NCAA Basketball Championship.

2013 Lou Henson Award Finalists

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 Carmichael

6-9

Sr.

Illinois State

Will Cherry

6-1

Sr.

Montana

Ian Clark

6-3

Sr.

Belmont

Jake Cohen

6-10

Sr.

Davidson

D.J. Cooper

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 Muscala

6-11

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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