THE LEFTY DRIESELL AWARD

Saint Peter's KC Ndefo is the recipient of the 2022 Lefty Driesell National Defensive Player of the Year award, which is presented annually to the top defender in Division I college basketball.

Aoril 1, 2022

KC NDEFO WINS 2022 AWARD

NEW ORLEANS, LA -- Saint Peter’s K.C. Ndefo is the winner of the 2022 Lefty Driesell Award, presented annually to the top defensive player in Division I basketball.

Ndefo, a 6-7 forward, anchored the suffocating defense St. Peter’s relied on to win the MAAC Championship and make an unprecedented NCAA tournament run from a 15 seed to the Elite 8. The Peacocks were 25th in adjusted defensive efficiency and top 25 in 2-point defense, 3-point defense and blocked shots. 

On Feb. 4 he had a career-best 11 blocks in a winner of Quinnipiac and is the school’s all-time leader in that category.

The three-time MAAC Defensive Player of the Year, he blocked 96 shots this season to finish with more than 300 in his career. Ndefo also finished just shy of 500 career defensive rebounds.

Saint Peter’s defeated Kentucky, Murray State and Purdue in the NCAA tournament before falling to North Carolina and finished the season with 22 victories. Ndefo blocked six shots vs. the Tar Heels.

The Lefty Driesell Award, which is presented annually to the top defensive player in Division I basketball, is named in honor of the legendary former coach.

Driesell won 786 games in 41 years at Davidson, Maryland, James Madison and Georgia State. He ranks eighth on the NCAA career Division I coaches victories list and his teams at each stop were known for playing tenacious defense. From 1969-1986 at Maryland, his teams posted a 348-159 record, won two Atlantic Coast Conference regular season titles and one tournament title.

Driesell also led Davidson, Georgia State and James Madison to the NCAA tournament, making him one of three coaches to reach the NCAAs with four different programs. His teams won a total of 16 regular season championships and six tournament championships.

2021-22 LEFTY DRIESELL DEFENSIVE ALL-AMERICA TEAM

Fardaws Aimaq

C

So.

Utah Valley

Reece Beekman

G

So.

Virginia

Leaky Black

F

Sr.

North Carolina

Johni Broome

F

Fr.

Morehead State

Tevin Brown

G

Jr.

Murray State

Kyler Edwards

G

Sr.

Houston

Tari Eason

F

So.

LSU

Jacob Gilyard

G

Sr.

Richmond

Chet Holmgren

F

Fr.

Gonzaga

Tyrese Hunter

G

Fr.

Iowa State

Josiah-Jordan James

F

Jr.

Tennessee

Austin Johnson

C

Jr.

UC Irvine

Walker Kessler

F

Fr.

Auburn

Christian Koloko

C

So.

Arizona

Nathan Mensah

F

Sr.

San Diego State

Caleb McConnell

G

Sr.

Rutgers

Kevin McCullar

F

Jr.

Texas Tech

Alex Morales

G

Sr.

Wagner

Keegan Murray  

F

So.

Iowa

K.C. NDEFO

F

Sr.

SAINT PETER’S

Norchad Omier

F

Fr.

Arkansas State

Osun Osunniyi        

C

Sr.

Saint Bonaventure

Orlando Robinson

C

Jr.

Fresno State

Jamarion Sharp

C

Jr.

Western Kentucky

Jonathan Tchamwa Tchatchoua

F

Jr.

Baylor

Oscar Tshiebwe     

F

Jr.

Kentucky

Amari Williams

F

So.

Drexel

Jaylin Williams

C

So.

Arkansas

Mark Williams

C

So.

Duke

Lucas Williamson  

G

Sr.

Loyola Chicago

 

The Lefty Driesell Award, given annually to the top defensive player in Division I basketball, is named in honor of the legendary former coach. 
 
Driesell won 786 games in 41 years at Davidson, Maryland, James Madison and Georgia State. He ranks eighth on the NCAA career Division I coaches victories list and his teams at each stop were known for playing tenacious defense. From 1969-1986 at Maryland, his teams posted a 348-159 record, won two Atlantic Coast Conference regular season titles and one tournament title.
 
Driesell also led Davidson, Georgia State and James Madison to the NCAA tournament, making him one of three coaches to reach the NCAAs with four different programs. His teams won a total of 16 regular season championships and six tournament championships.
 
The recipient of of the 2021 award will be announced on April 1.
 

The Lefty Driesell award committee is a 15 member panel, consisting of five current division I head coaches, five members of the national media and five collegeinsider.com staff members. Former Maryland head coach Lefty Driesell is the chairman of the awards committee. 
 
RULES AND CRITERIA
 
The Lefty Driesell award is presented annually to the top defensive player in division I college basketball, as voted on by the award committee. 
 
SCHEDULE OF RELEASES
 
March: Lefty Driesell Defensive All-America Team announced
March 30: Lefty Driesell Defensive 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 2018 CollegeInsider.com Awards Banquet will take place on March 30 in San Antonio, TX
 
 

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