THE LUTE OLSON AWARD

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The 2022 Lute Olson National Player of the Year award will be announced on April 1 in New Orleans, site of the NCAA men's basketball championship.

Jan. 12, 2022

THE MID-SEASON WATCH LIST

BOSTON, MA -- The Mid-Season Watch List for the 2021-22 Lute Olson National Player of the Year award was announced on Wednesday.

The award, which is presented annually to the top player in division I college basketball, is named in honor of Hall of Fame coach Lute Olson, who won 776 games in 34 seasons, 24 of which were spent at the University of Arizona. During that stretch he led the Wildcats to 11 Pac-10 Conference titles, 23 consecutive NCAA Tournaments, four Final Four appearances and a National Championship in 1997.

Olson is one of just 25 head coaches in NCAA history to win 700 or more games (all divisions) and ranks ninth on the Division I career victories list. He finished with a winning percentage of .731 and is the all-time winningest coach in Arizona history with 587-190 record (.755). He was named Pac-10 Coach of the Year seven times.

Olson also guided Arizona to 20 consecutive 20-win seasons and is one of only three coaches in NCAA history to record 29 or more 20-win seasons.

Prior to Arizona, Olson spent nine seasons at Iowa. He won 167 games and lead the Hawkeyes to the Final Four in 1980. He also spent one season at Long Beach State, leading the 49ers to a 24-2 record and a No. 3 ranking nationally.

In 2002, Olson was enshrined into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

2021-22 LUTE OLSON AWARD MID-SEASON WATCH LIST

James Akinjo

6-1

Sr.

Baylor

Keve Aluma

6-9

Sr.

Virginia Tech

Armando Bacot

6-10

Jr.

North Carolina

Paolo Banchero

6-10

Fr.

Duke

Alex Barcello

6-2

Sr.

BYU

Christian Braun

6-7

Jr.

Kansas

Julian Champagnie

6-8

Jr.

St. John’s

Kofi Cockburn

7-0

Jr.

Illinois

Johnny Davis

6-5

So.

Wisconsin

Tari Eason

6-8

So.

LSU

Zach Edey

7-4

So.

Purdue

Collin Gillespie

6-3

Sr.

Villanova

Chet Holmgren

7-0

Fr.

Gonzaga

Jaden Ivey

6-4

So.

Purdue

Trayce Jackson-Davis

6-9

Jr.

Indiana

Johnny Juzang

6-7

Jr.

UCLA

Christian Koloko

7-1

So.

Arizona

Hyunjung Lee

6-7

Jr.

Davidson

E.J. Liddell

6-7

Jr.

Ohio State

Kenneth Lofton Jr.

6-7

Fr.

Louisiana Tech

Isaiah Mobley

6-10

Jr.

USC

Wendell Moore

6-5

Jr.

Duke

Keegan Murray

6-8

So,

Iowa

Jahvon Quinerly

6-1

Jr.

Alabama

Orlando Robinson

7-0

Jr.

Fresno State

David Roddy

6-6

Jr.

Colorado State

Jabari Smith

6-10

Fr.

Auburn

Drew Timme

6-10

Jr.

Gonzaga

Oscar Tshiebwe

6-9

Jr.

Kentucky

Alondes Williams

6-5

Sr.

Wake Forest

 

The Lute Olson Award is presented annually to the nation's top Division I player.
 
The award is named in honor of Hall of Fame coach Lute Olson, who won 776 games in 34 seasons, 24 of which were spent at the University of Arizona. During that stretch he led the Wildcats to 11 Pac-10 Conference titles, 23 consecutive NCAA Tournaments, four Final Four appearances and a National Championship in 1997.
 
Olson is one of just 25 head coaches in NCAA history to win 700 or more games (all divisions) and ranks ninth on the Division I career victories list. He finished with a winning percentage of .731 and is the all-time winningest coach in Arizona history with 587-190 record (.755). He was named Pac-10 Coach of the Year seven times. Olson also guided Arizona to 20 consecutive 20-win seasons, and is one of only three coaches in NCAA history to record 29 or more 20-win seasons.
 
In 2002, Olson was enshrined into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
 
The recipient of of the 2021 award will be announced on April 1.
 

The Lute Olson award committee is a 30 member panel, consisting of five current division I head coaches, five retired head coaches, 10 current athletic directors and/or conference administrators, five members of the national media and five collegeinsider.com staff members. 
 
RULES AND CRITERIA
 
The Lute Olson award is presented annually to the top division I player as voted on by the award committee. 
 
SCHEDULE OF RELEASES
 
November: Preseason Watch List announced
January: Mid-Season Watch List announced
March: Finalists announced
April 2: Lute Olson National Player of the Year announced
 
AWARD PRESENTATION
 
The recipients of the 17 national awards, presented by CollegeInsider.com, are announced annually at the site of the NCAA men’s division I basketball championship.
 
The recipient of the 2018 Lute Olson award will be announced on April 2 in San Antonio, site of the Men's NCAA Basketball Championship.
 
 
 

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