Feb. 25, 2013
BOSTON - Stony Brook men's basketball senior Tommy Brenton (Columbia, Md.) has been named one of 25 finalists for the 2013 Lou Henson National Player of the Year Award, given to the country's top player from a mid-major conference, CollegeInsider.com announced Monday.
Fans can vote for Brenton online at VoteLouHenson.com. Fan voting counts for 33 percent of the final voting outcome, so Seawolves fans can help influence the winner of the award! Fan voting opens today and runs until March 15.
The Lou Henson Award is presented annually to the top Mid-Major player in Division I college basketball. The award is named in honor of Lou Henson who retired after a spectacular coaching career that lasted 41 years. When he left the game in 2005 he was sixth all-time in career Division I wins with 779. He is the winningest coach at both Illinois and New Mexico State. He is one of only 12 coaches in the history of the game to take two schools to the Final Four.
Brenton is enjoying an incredible senior season, averaging 8.8 points, 8.6 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 1.6 steals per game. Serving as the team's top passer, rebounder and defender, Brenton has led Stony Brook to its best Div. I season ever. The Seawolves are 21-6 overall and 12-2 in America East and have clinched a share of the conference's regular season championship and the No. 1 seed at the America East Championship tournament.
Along the way this season, Brenton has broken many of Stony Brook's program records. He is first all-time at Stony Brook in rebounds (1,069) and steals (208). He also is first in the program's Div. I history in assists (375). He holds the program's single-game Div. I record for rebounds with 20, which he set yesterday at Maine.
Brenton recorded the first triple-double in Stony Brook history back on Jan. 26 when he posted 15 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists against Maine. He nearly repeated the feat yesterday again vs. Maine when he produced 13 points, a career-high 20 rebounds and seven assists.
Brenton, who has 22 career double-doubles, is fourth all-time in America East history in rebounds. He is a two-time All-America East selection and was the 2012 America East Defensive Player of the Year. Over the course of his playing career, he has been an integral part of three America East regular season championships. In his 121 career games played, Stony Brook is 81-40 (.669) overall and 47-15 (.758) in conference play.
Brenton and the Seawolves will wrap up the regular season this week with a road game at Boston University Thursday and a home game vs. Albany on Sunday, which will serve as Senior Day when Brenton will be one of four seniors honored.
2013 Lou Henson Award finalists
- Travis Bader, Oakland
- Billy Baron, Canisius
- Jerelle Benimon, Towson
- Tommy Brenton, Stony Brook
- Ryan Brekof, Valparaiso
- Isaiah Canaan, Murray State
- Will Cherry, Montana
- Ian Clark, Belmont
- Jake Cohen, Davidson
- D.J. Cooper, Ohio
- Matthew Dellavedova, St. Mary’s
- James Ennis, Long Beach
- Juan’ya Green, Niagara
- Tyler Haws, BYU
- Lamont Jones, Iona
- Jake Odum, Indiana State
- Jamal Olasewere, LIU-Brooklyn
- Zeke Marshall, Akron
- Ray McCallum, Detroit
- Doug McDermott, Creighton
- Mike Muscala, Bucknell
- Augustine Rubit, South Alabama
- Taylor Smith, Stephen F. Austin
- Nate Wolters, South Dakota State
Tommy Brenton's Accolades
- Stony Brook's all-time career leader in rebounds (1,069), steals (208) and assists (375)
- Fourth all-time in America East history in career rebounds
- Owner of Stony Brook's first-ever triple-double (15P-14R-11A)
- 2012 America East Defensive Player of the Year
- 2012 first-team All-America East
- 2012 & 2010 America East All-Defensive team
- 2012 CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Defensive All-America
- 2012 CollegeInsider.com America East MVP
- 2010 second-team All-America East
- 2009 America East All-Rookie