THE Gene Bartow AWARD

2019 Lefty Driesell Award

April 5, 2019

THE 2019 AWARD
 
MINNEAPOLIS, MN -- Matisse Thybulle of Washington is the 2018-19 recipient of the Lefty Driesell Award, given annually to the nation’s best defensive player.
 
The 6-5 guard / forward led the nation with 3.5 steals per game and was top 10 in defensive win shares and defensive plus / minus. His pesky pressure on the perimeter propelled the Huskies to the Pac-12 regular season championship and a victory over Utah State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. 
 
Thybulle played nearly 4,000 minutes during his four-year career at Washington, finishing with 330 steals, surpassing Gary Payton to become the Pac-12’s career leader. He’s also top 20 all-time in blocked shots with 182.
 
Driesell, inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2018, 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.
 

2019 LEFTY DRIESELL DEFENSIVE ALL-AMERICA TEAM

Barry Brown Jr. 6-3 Sr. Kansas State
Shaq Buchanan 6-3 Sr. Murray State
Desure Buie 6-0 Sr. Hofstra
Brandon Clarke 6-9 Jr. Gonzaga
Mamadi Diakite 6-9 Jr. Virginia
Tacko Fall 7-6 Sr. UCF
Bruno Fernando 6-10 So. Maryland
Javon Freeman 6-3 Fr. Valparaiso
Daniel Gafford 6-11 So. Arkansas
Jonathan Galloway 6-10 Sr. UC Irvine
JaKeenan Gant 6-8 Sr. Louisiana
Ashton Hagans 6-6 Fr. Kentucky
De’Andre Hunter 6-8 So. Virginia
Tre Jones 6-3 Fr. Duke
Javon Levi 5-10 So. UT Rio Grande Valley
Tariq Owens 6-10 Sr. Texas Tech
Osun Osunniyi 6-10 Fr. St. Bonaventure
Laquincy Rideau 6-1 Jr. USF
Galen Robinson Jr. 6-1 Sr. Houston
Chris Silva 6-9 Sr. South Carolina
Justin Simon 6-5 Jr. St. John's
Zavier Simpson 6-0 Jr. Michigan
Matisse Thybulle 6-5 Sr. Washington
Kenny Williams 6-4 Sr. North Carolina
Zion Williamson 6-7 Fr. Duke

 

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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