THE LEFTY DRIESELL AWARD

2016 Lefty Driesell Award

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

April 4, 2016

2016 LEFTY DRIESELL AWARD
 
HOUSTON, TX  -- Valparaiso's Vashil Fernandez is the recipient of the 2016 Lefty Driesell National Defensive Player of the Year.

Fernandez led the nation in blocked shots with 119, which is the top single-season mark in Horizon League history. The 6-foot-10 senior is also the only player in League history to be named Defensive Player of the Year for a second straight season.
 
He blocked five or more shots in 12 games this season, including tying his own single-game record with eight rejections in the first round of the NIT against Texas Southern.
 
Fernandez was the anchor of Valparaiso stingy defense, which was one of the best in all of division I college basketball. 
 
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.
 

2016 LEFTY DRIESELL DEFENSIVE ALL-AMERICA TEAM

Mo Alie-Cox 6-7 Jr. VCU
Joel Bolmboy 6-9 Sr, Weber State
Tim Bond 6-7 So. Eastern Michigan
Chris Boucher 6-10 Sr. Oregon
Malcolm Brogdon 6-5 Sr. Virginia
Jevon Carter 6-2 So. West Virginia
Alex Caruso 6-5 Sr. Texas A&M
Gary Clark 6-7 So. Cincinnati
Charles Cooke 6-5 Jr. Dayton
Kris Dunn 6-4 Jr. Providence
Patricio Garino 6-6 Sr. George Washington
Vashil Fernandez 6-10 Sr. Valparaiso
Yogi Ferrell 6-1 Sr. Indiana
A.J. Hammons 7-0 Sr. Purdue
Tra-Deon Hollins 6-2 Jr. Omaha
Prince Ibeh 6-10 Sr. Texas
Khadeem Lattin 6-9 So. Oklahoma
Hassan Martin 6-7 Jr. Rhode Island
Frank Mason III 5-11 Jr. Kansas
Tahjere McCall 6-4 Sr. Tennessee State
Jeremy Morgan 6-5 Jr. Northern Iowa
Mamadou Ndiaye 7-6 Jr. UC Irvine
Agunwa Okolie 6-8 Sr. Harvard
Gary Payton II 6-3 Sr. Oregon State
Justin Roberson 6-1 Sr. UL Monroe
Skylar Spencer 6-10 Sr. San Diego State
Brandan Stith 6-5 So. Old Dominion
Rashawn Stores 5-10 Sr. Manhattan
Justin Tuoyo 6-10 Jr. Chattanooga
Tyler Ulis 5-9 So. Kentucky

 

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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