THE LUTE OLSON AWARD

2020 Lute Olson Award

March 25, 2020

THE 2020 AWARD

BOSTON, MA -- Oregon's Payton Pritchard is the recipient of the 2019-20 Lute Olson Award, which is presented annually to the nation's top Division I player.

Pritchard helped Oregon to an outright Pac-12 regular season title. The Ducks finished 24-7 overall (13-5 in the conference) and the 6-foot-2 senior was one just three players in the nation to average at least 20 points, four rebounds and five assists per game.

Pritchard joined Gary Payton (Oregon State, 1989-90), Damon Stoudamire (Arizona, 1994-95) and Jason Terry (Arizona, 1998-99) as the only players in conference history to lead the league in both scoring and assists. Heis also led the league with 88 three-pointers, joining Stoudamire (112) as the only players to top all three categories in the same season.

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.


2019-20 LUTE OLSON ALL-AMERICA TEAM

Udoka Azubuike * 7-0 Sr. Kansas
Saddiq Bey 6-8 So. Villanova
Jared Butler * 6-3 So. Baylor
Vernon Carey Jr. * 6-10 Fr. Duke
Devon Dotson * 6-2 So. Kansas
Anthony Edwards * 6-5 Fr. Georgia
Malachi Flynn * 6-1 Jr. San Diego State
Jordan Ford * 6-1 Sr. Seton Hall
Luka Garza 6-11 Jr. Iowa
AJ Green 6-4 So. Northern Iowa
Kevon Harris 6-6 Sr. Stephen F. Austin
Bo Hodges 6-5 Jr. ETSU
Caleb Homesley 6-6 Sr. Liberty
Markus Howard * 5-11 Sr. Marquette
Carlik Jones 6-1 Jr. Radford
Tre Jones * 6-3 So, Duke
Nathan Knight * 6-10 Sr. William & Mary
Anthony Lamb * 6-6 Sr. Vermont
Sam Merrill * 6-5 Sr. Utah State
Isaiah Miller 6-0 Jr. UNCG
Jordan Nwora * 6-7 Jr. Louisville
Filip Petrusev 6-11 So. Gonzaga
Myles Powell * 6-2 Sr. Seton Hall
Payton Pritchard 6-2 Sr. Oregon
Immanuel Quickley 6-3 So. Kentucky
Jalen Smith 6-10 So. Maryland
Lamar Stevens * 6-8 Sr. Penn State
Killian Tillie * 6-10 Sr. Gonzaga
Obi Toppin * 6-9 So. Dayton
Cassius Winston * 6-1 Sr. Michigan State
Marcus Zegarowski 6-2 So. Creighton


* Named to Lute Olson Preseason Watch List

NOTE: There was a tie in the voting so there are 31 All-Americans.

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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