BOSTON, MA (collegeinsider.com) - The 2017-18 Lou Henson Award mid-season Watch List was announced on Thursday and featured a trio of Summit League men's basketball student-athletes. Fort Wayne's John Konchar, South Dakota's Matt Mooney, and South Dakota State's Mike Daum were among the 40 players on the list.
The Lou Henson Award is presented annually to the nation's top Division I mid-major player.
Lou Henson coached 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 2017-18 Lou Henson National Player of the Year Award will be announced on March 31, 2018 at the CollegeInsider.com Awards Event in San Antonio, site of the men's NCAA Basketball Championship.
2017-18 LOU HENSON MID-SEASON WATCH LIST
|Josh Braun||6-4||Sr.||Grand Canyon|
|Keith Braxton||6-4||So.||Saint Francis|
|Tookie Brown||5-11||Jr.||Georgia Southern|
|Mike Daum||6-9||Jr.||South Dakota State|
|Tyler Hall||6-5||Jr.||Montana State|
|Jerrick Harding||6-1||So.||Weber State|
|Max Heidegger||6-2||So.||UC Santa Barbara|
|Kevin Hervey||6-9||Sr.||UT Arlington|
|Jordan Howard||5-11||Sr.||Central Arkansas|
|Alize Johnson||6-9||Sr.||Missouri State|
|John Konchar||6-5||Jr.||Fort Wayne|
|Nathan Knight||6-10||So.||William & Mary|
|Jock Landale||6-11||Sr.||Saint Mary's|
|Zach Lofton||6-4||Sr.||New Mexico State|
|Drew McDonald||6-7||Jr.||Northern Kentucky|
|Matt Mooney||6-3||Jr.||South Dakota|
|Chima Moneke||6-6||Sr.||UC Davis|
|Emmett Naar||6-1||Sr.||Saint Mary's|
|Femi Olujobi||6-8||Jr.||North Carolina A&T|
|Junior Robinson||5-5||Sr.||Mount St. Mary's|
|D'Marcus Simonds||6-3||So.||Georgia State|
|James Thompson IV||6-10||Jr.||Eastern Michigan|
ABOUT SUMMIT LEAGUE MEN'S BASKETBALL
Through 35 years of Division I athletics, The Summit League features men's basketball teams from eight member institutions: Denver, Fort Wayne, North Dakota State, Omaha, Oral Roberts, South Dakota, South Dakota State and Western Illinois with North Dakota becoming an official member for the 2018-19 season. In 2016-17, The Summit League finished with an all-time best No. 14 Sagarin Rating, achieved its sixth consecutive league top-20 RPI finish. The Summit League sent three teams to the postseason for the sixth straight year, highlighted by the deepest postseason tournament run since 2012. Called "March's Best-Kept Secret" by USA Today, The Summit League Basketball Championships again posted record-setting attendance figures, posting new marks for overall and session attendance. This season's event returns to the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center in Sioux Falls, S.D., March 3-6, 2018. For more information about the league, "See The Summit" by visiting www.thesummitleague.org and following Summit League Basketball on Twitter @summithoops. Starting Jan. 17, tune into The Summit League podcast (thesummitleague.org/podcast) for more insight about the league and its coaches and players.