While many have thoroughly discussed Towson Tigers forward Jerrelle Benimon as the top candidate for the 2012-2013 Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Year, not many have mentioned the Georgetown transfer’s potential to pull some national awards, as well.
Benimon, who is averaging 16.7 points, 11.2 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game in his first season at Towson, was named one of the 25 finalists for the 2013 Lou Henson Award. The award, which is presented by CollegeInsider.com, acknowledges the top Mid-Major player in Division I college basketball. It is named after legendary coach, Lou Henson, who won 779 games in 41 years coaching college basketball – good for sixth all-time in DI.
The junior forward might stand out from his opponents, as he’s been the true catalyst behind the Tigers’ epic turnaround season. In 2011-2012, Towson finished a horrific 1-31. This season, with two games to play, Towson is 16-13 overall, and 11-5 in the CAA.
Benimon has also led the nation in double-doubles nearly all season. And he’s currently tied at 19 with Mike Muscala of Bucknell.
The big man’s competition will be steep, however, as he will go up against the best and brightest players mid-major schools have to offer. Most notably, Benimon will be competing against Doug McDermott of Creighton, and Isaiah Austin of Murray State.
A run to a share of the CAA regular season title would certainly help Benimon’s chances as well. That will become possible if Towson wins out, and Northeastern loses their two remaining games this season as well. If that occurs, you just might hear Benimon’s name called out in Atlanta when the award is presented at the CollegeInsider.com awards banquet during the Final Four.