THE LUTE OLSON AWARD

2015 Lute Olson Award

Murray State's Cameron Payne accepts the 2015 Lute Olson award at the CollegeInsider.com Award's Banquet on April 3 in Indianapolis.

April 3, 2015

2015 LUTE OLSON AWARD

INDIANAPOLIS, IN -- Murray State's Cameron Payne is the recipient of the 2015 Lute Olson award. 

The Lute Olson Award is presented annually to the nation's top Division I player who has played at least two seasons. 

The finalists for the award also represent the Lute Olson All-America team. Freshman are not eligible for the award, but may be named to the team

The award is named in honor of Hall of Fame coach 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.

LUTE OLSON ALL-AMERICA TEAM

Justin Anderson 6-6 Jr. Virginia
Karl-Anthony Towns * 6-11 Fr. Kentucky
Ron Baker 6-4 Jr. Wichita State
Willie Cauley-Stein 7-0 Jr. Kentucky
Rakeem Christmas 6-9 Sr. Syracuse
Kyle Collinsworth 6-6 Jr. BYU
Kris Dunn 6-3 So. Providence
Perry Ellis 6-8 Jr. Kansas
Jerian Grant 6-5 Sr. Notre Dame
Buddy Hield 6-5 Jr. Oklahoma
Darrun Hilliard II 6-6 Sr. Villanova
Stanley Johnson * 6-7 Fr. Arizona
Frank Kaminsky 7-0 Sr. Wisconsin
T.J. McConnell 6-1 Sr. Arizona
Jahlil Okafor * 6-11 Fr. Duke
Kevin Pangos 6-2 Sr. Gonzaga
Cameron Payne 6-2 So. Murray State
Bobby Portis 6-11 So. Arkansas
D'Angelo Russell * 6-5 Fr. Ohio State
Juwan Staten 6-1 Sr. West Virginia
Seth Tuttle 6-8 Sr. Northern Iowa
Fred VanVleet 6-0 Jr. Wichita State
Kyle Wiltjer 6-10 Jr. Gonzaga
Delon Wright 6-5 Sr. Utah
Joseph Young 6-2 Sr. Oregon

* Freshmen are not eligible to win the award, but may be named to the Lute Olson All-America Team.

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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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