FARGO, N.D. (gobison.com) North Dakota State senior Taylor Braun has been named to the Lou Henson Preseason All-America Team as one of the top mid-major players in Division I college basketball, CollegeInsider.com announced Wednesday.
A Newberg, Ore., native, Braun led NDSU in scoring with an average of 15.4 points per game in the 2012-13 season. He also averaged 5.2 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.5 steals per contest while shooting 43.5 percent from three-point range. In 24 total games, Braun posted 21 double-digit scoring efforts.
Braun is a two-time All-Summit League selection, and is the only Summit League player named to the Lou Henson list. Saint Mary's Matthew Dellavedova was the recipient of the 2013 Lou Henson National Player of the Year award as the nation's top mid-major player.
The Summit League received the inaugural Lou Henson Award when Oakland's Keith Benson was honored following the 2009-10 season.
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.
2013 Lou Henson Preseason All-America Team
Travis Bader 6-5 Sr. Oakland
Jerrelle Benimon 6-8 Sr. Towson
Sim Bhullar 7-6 So. New Mexico State
Taylor Braun 6-7 Sr. North Dakota State
Jason Brickman 6-0 Sr. LIU-Brooklyn
De'Mon Brooks 6-7 Sr. Davidson
Glenn Cosey 6-0 Sr. Eastern Kentucky
Johnny Dee 6-0 Jr. San Diego
Troy Huff 6-5 Sr. North Dakota
Anthony Ireland 5-10 Sr. Loyola Marymount
D.J. Irving 6-0 Sr. Boston University
Damion Lee 6-6 Jr. Drexel
Javon McCrea 6-7 Sr. Buffalo
Elfrid Payton 6-3 Jr. UL-Lafayette
Rian Pearson 6-4 Sr. Toledo
Kendrick Perry 6-0 Sr. Youngstown State
Augustine Rubit 6-7 Sr. South Alabama
Wesley Saunders 6-5 Jr. Harvard
Bernard Thompson 6-3 Jr. Florida Gulf Coast
Lucas Troutman 6-10 Sr. Elon
Demetrius Treadwell 6-7 Sr. Akron
Jameel Warney 6-8 So. Stony Brook
Alan Williams 6-7 Jr. UC Santa Barbara
Pendarvis Williams 6-6 Sr. Norfolk State