THE LUTE OLSON AWARD

Wisconsin's Johnny Davis is the recipient of the 2022 Lute Olson National Player of the Year award, which is presented annually to the top player in Division I college basketball.

April 1, 2022

JOHNNY DAVIS WINS 2022 AWARD

NEW ORELANS, LA -- Wisconsin’s Johnny Davis is the 2022 Lute Olson National Player of the Year.

Davis, a 6-5, 195-pound sophomore, averaged 19.7 points per game, 8.2 rebounds per game and 2.1 assists per game this season in leading the Badgers to a 25-8 record and Big Ten regular season championship.

He had three 30-point games, including a career-high 37 in a 74-69 win at Purdue on Jan. 3rd. Davis made 47 percent of 2-pointers, 31 percent of 3-pointers and 79 percent of free throws, reaching double figure scoring in 30 of 31 games.

The Lute Olson National Player of the Year award, which is presented annually to the top player in division I college basketball, is named in honor of Hall of Fame coach Lute Olson, who won 776 games in 34 seasons, 24 of which were spent at the University of Arizona.

During that stretch he led the Wildcats to 11 Pac-10 Conference titles, 23 consecutive NCAA Tournaments, four Final Four appearances and a National Championship in 1997.

Olson is one of just 25 head coaches in NCAA history to win 700 or more games (all divisions) and ranks ninth on the Division I career victories list. He finished with a winning percentage of .731 and is the all-time winningest coach in Arizona history with 587-190 record (.755). He was named Pac-10 Coach of the Year seven times.

Olson also guided Arizona to 20 consecutive 20-win seasons and is one of only three coaches in NCAA history to record 29 or more 20-win seasons.

Prior to Arizona, Olson spent nine seasons at Iowa. He won 167 games and lead the Hawkeyes to the Final Four in 1980. He also spent one season at Long Beach State, leading the 49ers to a 24-2 record and a No. 3 ranking nationally.

In 2002, Olson was enshrined into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

2021-22 LUTE OLSON ALL-AMERICA TEAM

Ochai Agibaji

G

Sr.

Kansas

James Akinjo

G

Sr.

Baylor

Armando Bacot

F

Jr.

North Carolina

Paolo Banchero

F

Fr.

Duke

Kofi Cockburn

C

Jr.

Illinois

JOHNNY DAVIS

G

So.

WISCONSIN

Tari Eason

F

So.

LSU

Zach Edey

C

So.

Purdue

Collin Gillespie         

G

Sr.

Villanova

Chet Holmgren

F

Fr.

Gonzaga

Jaden Ivey

G

So.

Purdue

Trayce Jackson-Davis

F

Jr.

Indiana

Johnny Juzang 

G

Jr.

UCLA

Walker Kessler

F

So.

Auburn

Christian Koloko

C

So.

Arizona

E.J. Liddell

F

Jr.

Ohio State

Bennedict Mathurin

G

So.

Arizona

Isaiah Mobley

F

Jr.

USC

Keegan Murray

F

So.

Iowa

Scotty Pippen Jr.

G

Jr.

Vanderbilt

David Roddy

F

Jr.

Colorado State

Jabari Smith

F

Fr.

Auburn

Drew Timme

F

Jr.

Gonzaga

Oscar Tshiebwe

F

Jr.

Kentucky

Alondes Williams

G

Sr.

Wake Forest

 

The Lute Olson Award is presented annually to the nation's top Division I player.
 
The award is named in honor of Hall of Fame coach Lute Olson, who won 776 games in 34 seasons, 24 of which were spent at the University of Arizona. During that stretch he led the Wildcats to 11 Pac-10 Conference titles, 23 consecutive NCAA Tournaments, four Final Four appearances and a National Championship in 1997.
 
Olson is one of just 25 head coaches in NCAA history to win 700 or more games (all divisions) and ranks ninth on the Division I career victories list. He finished with a winning percentage of .731 and is the all-time winningest coach in Arizona history with 587-190 record (.755). He was named Pac-10 Coach of the Year seven times. Olson also guided Arizona to 20 consecutive 20-win seasons, and is one of only three coaches in NCAA history to record 29 or more 20-win seasons.
 
In 2002, Olson was enshrined into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
 
The recipient of of the 2021 award will be announced on April 1.
 

The Lute Olson award committee is a 30 member panel, consisting of five current division I head coaches, five retired head coaches, 10 current athletic directors and/or conference administrators, five members of the national media and five collegeinsider.com staff members. 
 
RULES AND CRITERIA
 
The Lute Olson award is presented annually to the top division I player as voted on by the award committee. 
 
SCHEDULE OF RELEASES
 
November: Preseason Watch List announced
January: Mid-Season Watch List announced
March: Finalists announced
April 2: Lute Olson National 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 recipient of the 2018 Lute Olson award will be announced on April 2 in San Antonio, site of the Men's NCAA Basketball Championship.
 
 
 

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