2015 Lefty Driesell Award

Virginia's Darion Atkins accepts the 2015 Lefty Driesell award at the Award's Banquet on April 3 in Indianapolis.

April 3, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS, IN  -- Virginia's Darion Atkins is the recipient of the 2015 Lefty Driesell National Defensive Player of the Year.
The Lefty Driesell award is named in honor of coaching legend Lefty Driesell, who is the only person to ever win 100 games at four different Division I schools. He is best known for his time at Maryland, leading the program to the National Invitational Tournament title in 1972 and its second-ever ACC Tournament Championship in 1984. He finished his career at Maryland with a 348-159 record and concluded his career with an impressive 786-394 mark.


Karl-Anthony Towns 6-11 Fr. Kentucky
Darion Atkins 6-8 Sr. Virginia
Gary Bell Jr. 6-2 Sr. Gonzaga
Malcolm Brogdon 6-5 Jr. Virginia
Willie Cauley-Stien 7-0 Jr. Kentucky
Rakeem Christmas 6-9 Sr. Syracuse
Kyle Collinsworth 6-6 Jr. BYU
Tekele Cotton 6-3 Sr. Wichita State
Demarcus Daniels 6-7 Jr. North Florida
Nnanna Egwu 6-11 Sr. Illinois
Jerian Grant 6-5 Sr. Notre Dame
Jelani Hewitt 6-2 Sr. Georgia Southern
Anthony Hickey 5-11 Sr. Oklahoma State
Brice Johnson 6-9 Jr. North Carolina
Reggie Lynch 6-10 So. Illinois State
T.J. McConnell 6-1 Sr. Arizona
Jordan Mickey 6-8 So. LSU
Shonn Miller 6-7 Sr. Cornell
Larry Nance, Jr. 6-8 Sr. Wyoming
Josh Richardson 6-6 Sr. Tennessee
Richard Ross 6-6 Sr. Old Dominion
Justin Tuoyo 6-10 So. Chattanooga
Corey Walden 6-2 Sr. Eastern Kentucky
Julian Washburn 6-8 Sr. UTEP
Briante Weber 6-2 Sr. VCU
Jay Wright 6-1 So. UL-Lafayette


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 staff members. Former Maryland head coach Lefty Driesell is the chairman of the awards committee. 
The Lefty Driesell award is presented annually to the top defensive player in division I college basketball, as voted on by the award committee. 
March: Lefty Driesell Defensive All-America Team announced
March 30: Lefty Driesell Defensive Player of the Year announced
The recipients of the 17 national awards, presented by, are announced annually at the site of the NCAA men’s division I basketball championship.
The 2018 Awards Banquet will take place on March 30 in San Antonio, TX

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