FAIRFIELD, CT (February 17, 2012) - Sacred Heart junior Shane Gibson (Killingly, CT) was selected as a finalist for the 2012 Lou Henson Award presented by College Insider. Gibson is one of 25 finalist for the honor that will be given out on March 30th in New Orleans, site of the NCAA men's basketball championship.
The Lou Henson Award is presented annually to the top Mid-Major player in Division I college basketball. The award is named in honor of Lou Henson who retired after a spectacular coaching career that lasted 41 years. When he left the game in 2005 he was sixth all-time in career Division I wins with 779. He is the winningest coach at both Illinois and New Mexico State. He is one of only 12 coaches in the history of the game to take two schools to the Final Four.
Fan voting presented by POINT 3 counts for one-third of the criteria in selecting the Lou Henson Award winner. A Collegeinsider.com Selection Committee will make up the remaining two-thirds. POINT 3 will make a contribution to the general scholarship fund of the school that accumulates the most votes, and throw their student body a viewing party for the NCAA men's basketball championship. Fans can vote online at www.VoteLouHenson.com.
Gibson is one of the NCAA's premier scorers, leading the Northeast Conference and ranking fourth nationally at 22.2 points per game this season. In NEC games, Gibson is averaging 25.8 ppg and has scored 20 or more points in 13-of-15 league games. He currently maintains the highest single-season average since 1998-99 when Ray Minlend (SFNY) also netted 25.8 ppg against NEC rivals. The Northeast Conference has a pair of nominees in the field of 25 with LIU Brooklyn's Julian Boyd joining Gibson on the list.
He has already set the Sacred Heart Division I single season scoring mark this season, piling up 622 points and counting. Gibson could challenge the school's all-time record for three-point field goals in a season. With three regular season games to play, he has 78 three's on the year, chasing the mark of 91 set by John Randazzo in 1998-99.