The Lou Henson Award is presented annually to the Division I Mid-Major Player of the Year. The award is named in honor of 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, and he is one of only 12 coaches in the history of the game to take two schools to the Final Four.
The 2015 recipient will be announced at the CollegeInsider.com Awards Banquet on April 3 in Indianapolis, Ind., site of the 2015 men’s NCAA Basketball Championship.
Greene recently completed one of the greatest seasons in school history and led Upstate to a school record for the most single-season wins during the Division I era with 24. The Spartans finished the regular season third in the Atlantic Sun Conference and reached the tournament finals for the first time in school history. Greene also helped Upstate reached the CollegeInsider.com Tournament for the third time in the last four seasons.
The 2015 A-Sun Player of the Year, Greene also hit the game-winning shot Dec. 20 at Mississippi State to give Upstate a win over the Southeastern Conference for the second consecutive year. In addition, Greene scored 16 points and had three steals Dec. 6 in a win over Georgia Tech.
Overall, Greene ranks 11th in the NCAA with 20.3 points per game and led the conference with 21 games of at least 20 points. He scored at least 20 points in seven straight games at one point during the season and was the first A-Sun player to accomplish that feat since the 2009-10 season. Greene ended the season with 709 points and became only the third player in school history and fifth in A-Sun history with 700 points in a season.
The Knoxville, Tenn., native also featured two 30-point games, which included a career-high 39 points Jan. 31 at North Florida to post the third-highest single-game scoring output in school history.
Greene led the Atlantic Sun with 2.9 three-pointers per game and owns the Upstate single-season record for three-pointers with 103. He is also just the ninth player in A-Sun history with 100 three-pointers in a season.
Along with all of his offensive numbers, Greene also proved to be one of the top defenders in the league. In fact, Greene led the A-Sun and ranks 18th in the nation with 2.1 steals per game. His 74 steals ranks 15th in the NCAA and are the 10th-most in a single season in school history.
Greene turned in five games with at least four steals and registered a career-high six Dec. 17 at Memphis. His performance on the defensive end helped the Spartans lead the A-Sun in steals for the length of the season while currently ranking 24th in the nation with 7.9 per game.