THE LUTE OLSON AWARD

2017 Lute Olson Award

April 4, 2017

2017 LUTE OLSON AWARD

PHOENIX, AZ -- Purdue’s Caleb Swanigan is the recipient of the 2017 Lute OIson award.

Swanigan helped lead the Boilermakers to a 27-8 overall record, a Big Ten regular-season championship and a trip to the Sweet 16.

He averaged 18.5 points, 12.5 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game while shooting 52.7 percent from the field, 44.7 percent from 3-point range and 78.1 percent from the free throw line. 

His 28 double-doubles were the most in Big Ten history. He set Purdue's single-season rebounds record by almost 100 rebounds (436; Joe Barry Carroll is second with 352) and recorded 10 more double-doubles than any player in Purdue history.  

“Caleb Swanigan had one of the best seasons any Big Ten player has ever had,” said CollegeInsider.com’s Angela Lento. “He can, he can rebound and he can pass the basketball.”

Swanigan is the only player in the last 31 years with at least 640 points, 430 rebounds and 100 assists. He joins former Wake Forest All-American Tim Duncan as the only players in the last 25 years to average at least 18.5 points, 12.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists in a season.

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

Lute Olson 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.

2017 LUTE OLSON ALL-AMERICA TEAM

Dwayne Bacon Florida State
Lonzo Ball UCLA
Dillon Brooks Oregon
T.J. Cline Richmond
John Collins Wake Forest
Bonzie Colson Notre Dame
Marcus Foster Creighton
Ethan Happ Wisconsin
Josh Hart Villanova
Josh Jackson Kansas
Justin Jackson North Carolina
Luke Kennard Duke
Frank Mason III Kansas
Donovan Mitchell Louisville
Malik Monk Kentucky
Monté Morris Iowa State
Johnathan Motley Baylor
Semi Ojeleye SMU
Alec Peters Valparaiso
Justin Robinson Monmouth
Dennis Smith NC State
Caleb Swanigan Purdue
Sindarius Thornwell South Carolina
Melo Trimble Maryland
Nigel Williams-Goss Gonzaga

 

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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