LUTE OLSON AWARD "PLAYER OF
THE WEEK" HONORS
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Nov. 27, 2015
BOSTON (MA) -- Michigan State's Denzel Valentine earns Lute
Olson award national player of the week honors.
The 6-foot-5 senior helped the Spartans win the DirecTV Wooden
Legacy Tournament. On Thursday Valentine had a triple-double
against Boston College, with 29 points 11 rebounds and 10
assists. The following night had a game-high 32 points to go
along with nine rebounds and six assists against Boise State. He
capped off the tournament with 17 points, six rebounds and five
assists Sunday evening against Providence.
The Lute Olson Award is presented annually to the nation's top
Division I player who has played at least two seasons with his
respective team. Freshmen and first-year transfers can be named
to the All-America team, but are not eligible to receive the
Player of the Year honors.
The award is named in honor of coaching great Lute Olson, who
won 780 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.
Week 3 (Nov. 30) Denzel Valentine (Michigan State)
Week 2 (Nov. 23) Wes Washpun (Northern Iowa)
Week 1 (Nov. 16) Joey King (Minnesota)