THE LUTE OLSON AWARD

2019 Lute Olson Award

April 5, 2019

THE 2019 AWARD

MINNEAPOLIS, MN -- Ja Morant of Murray State is the 2018-19 recipient of the Lute Olson Award, given annually to the nation’s top Division I player.

Morant had a sensational sophomore season at Murray, becoming the first player in NCAA history to average at least 20 points and 10 assists per game. He led the Racers to a 28-5 record, their second consecutive NCAA tournament appearance and a convincing first-round victory over Marquette, setting a tournament record with 16 assists.

In just two seasons at Murray, the 6-3 point guard scored more than 1,200 points and handed out more than 500 assists. He also played 197 of 200 minutes in the final five games of the season. For the season, Morant shot 50 percent from the field, 36 percent on 3-pointers and 81 percent on free throws.

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.


2019 LUTE OLSON AWARD ALL-AMERICA TEAM

R.J. Barrett 6-8 Fr. Duke
Brandon Clarke 6-8 Jr. Gonzaga
Chris Clemons 5-9 Sr. Campbell
Jarrett Culver 6-6 So. Texas Tech
Jarron Cumberland 6-5 Jr. Cincinnati
Mike Daum 6-9 Sr. South Dakota State
Corey Davis 6-1 Sr. Houston
Carsen Edwards 6-1 Jr. Purdue
Kyle Guy 6-2 Jr. Virginia
Rai Hachimura 6-8 Jr. Gonzaga
Ethan Happ 6-9 Sr. Wisconsin
Markus Howard 5-11 Jr. Marquette
DeAndre Hunter 6-7 So. Virginia
Dedric Lawson 6-9 Jr. Kansas
Fletcher Magee 6-4 Sr. Wofford
C.J. Massinburg 6-3 Sr. Buffalo
Luke Maye 6-8 Sr. North Carolina
Ja Morant 6-2 So. Murray State
Marial Shayok 6-6 Sr. Iowa State
P.J. Washington 6-8 So. Kentucky
Coby White 6-5 Fr. North Carolina
Grant Williams 6-7 Jr. Tennessee
Zion Williamson 6-7 Fr. Duke
Cassius Winston 6-1 Jr. Michigan State
Justin Wright-Foreman 6-2 Sr. Hofstra

 

 

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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