Wednesday, November 8, 2017

NCC Graduate, Drew McDonald, named to Lou Henson Award Preseason Watch List


Northern Kentucky men’s basketball student-athlete Drew McDonald was named to the Lou Henson Award Preseason Watch List. The award, which will be announced at the CollegeInsider.com Awards Event in San Antonio on March 31, 2018, is given annually to the top mid-major basketball player in NCAA Division I.

Lou Henson coached for 41 years and accumulated 779 Division I wins, which ranked sixth all-time when he left the game in 2005. Henson is also one of only 12 coaches to take two schools to the Final Four.

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McDonald, a junior forward from Cold Spring, Ky., helped lead NKU to an appearance in the 2017 NCAA Division I Tournament in the team’s first season of eligibility after completing a four-year reclassification process. He recorded 16.4 points and 7.7 rebounds per game in 2016-17, both of which ranked first on the team. He also shot .473 from the field and .384 from behind the arc en route to earning All-Horizon League first team, all-tourney and all-academic honors.

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Earlier this season, McDonald was selected as the 2017-18 Horizon League Preseason Player of the Year. The Norse were picked to finish second as a team in the poll.

NKU opens the regular season against fellow 2017 NCAA Tournament participant East Tennessee State on Friday, Nov. 10.  Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. at BB&T Arena, and the game will also be broadcast on ESPN3 with live streaming available on computers, tablets, smart phones and streaming devices through WatchESPN and the ESPN App.

PHOTO: NKU sophomore and Cold Spring resident, Drew McDonald, fought back a tear when he talked about what it meant to play on the biggest stage in the NCAA tournament. "As we were walking off the court, I wanted to thank our fans, but our fans were thanking me. My dad gave me a thumbs up and it put a tear in my eye. Just how we impacted the community and this university, it really struck me. I can’t thank norse nation enough." FTM file.

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