THE LUTE OLSON AWARD

DOUG MCDERMOTT WINS THE 2012 LUTE OLSON AWARD


March 30, 2012

NEW ORLEANS, LA -- Creighton's Doug McDermott is the recipient of the 2012 Lute Olson National Player of the Year award.

McDermott finished the season averaging 22.9 points per game, a figure that ranks third nationally. His 801 points, 307 field goals and 48.6 percent accuracy from three-point range all were school records for a single-season.

"Doug McDermott is a special player," said Angela Lento, co-founder of CollegeInsider.com. "He's a great scorer, but he does so many other things to help his team win. He is the definition of winner."

The sophomore was also named a First Team All-American by the Associated Press, USBWA, NABC and ESPN.com, and a Second Team All-America by The Sporting News and CBSSports.com. He was one of four finalists for the Naismith Award. In early March he was named the Larry Bird MVC Player of the Year, the first sophomore in the award's history to be honored.

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.

The award was presented at the CollegeInsider.com awards banquet in New Orleans, site of the men's NCAA Basketball Championship.

2012 LUTE OLSON ALL-AMERICA TEAM

Harrison Barnes 6-8 So. North Carolina
Isaiah Canaan 6-0 Jr. Murray State
D.J. Cooper 5-11 Jr. Ohio
Jae Crowder 6-6 Sr. Marquette
Anthony Davis 6-10 Fr. Kentucky
Marcus Denmon 6-3 Sr. Missouri
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist 6-7 Fr. Kentucky
Michael Glover 6-7 Sr. Iona
Draymond Green 6-7 Sr. Michigan State
Tu Holloway 6-0 Sr. Xavier
Scoop Jardine 6-2 Sr. Syracuse
Kevin Jones 6-8 Sr. West Virginia
Orlando Johnson 6-5 Sr. UC Santa Barbara
Damian Lillard 6-3 Jr. Weber State
Scott Machado 6-1 Sr. Iona
Kendall Marshall 6-4 So. North Carolina
C.J. McCollum 6-0 Jr. Lehigh
Doug McDermott 6-7 So. Creighton
Mike Moser 6-8 So. UNLV
Andrew Nicholson 6-9 Sr. St. Bonaventure
Austin Rivers 6-4 Fr. Duke
Thomas Robinson 6-10 Jr. Kansas
Mike Scott 6-8 Sr. Virginia
Jared Sullinger 6-5 So. Ohio State
Tyler Zeller 7-0 Sr. North Carolina

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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