HoopChain 2019 College Basketball Awards

We only have a couple of weeks of college basketball left and have reached the round of 16. It’s time to unveil the 2019 HoopChain college basketball awards.


Player of the Year – Zion Williamson (Freshman Forward, Duke)

Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

Averages: 22.5 ppg, 8.8 rpg, 2.1 apg, 2.1 spg, 1.7 bpg, 68.4% FG

Williamson has been the most efficient, exciting, and dominant player in college basketball thus far.  Despite missing a handful of games in ACC play, Zion’s impact is hard to quantify. If not for his efforts against Central Florida, Duke would probably be preparing for the 2019-2020 season. His combination of talent, athleticism, energy, and production made him an easy choice for Player of the Year.

Honorable Mention: De’Andre Hunter (Sophomore Forward, Virginia), Ja Morant (Sophomore Guard, Murray State), Rui Hachimura (Junior Forward, Gonzaga)


Defensive Player of the Year – Matisse Thybulle (Senior Forward, Washington)

Averages: 9.1 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 2.1 apg, 3.5 spg, 2.2 bpg

The Pac-12 Player of the Year ends his career as one of the most disruptive wing defenders in the history of college basketball. I have never seen a player better at swatting jump shots. Teams had to game plan around his defensive presence, which is rare for a small forward. The Huskies will miss their lockup defender, but I’m sure opposing teams will be just fine

Honorable Mention: Brandon Clarke (Junior Forward, Gonzaga), De’Andre Hunter (Sophomore Forward, Virginia), Tariq Owens (Texas Tech)


Freshman of the Year – Zion Williamson (Freshman Forward, Duke)

Averages: 22.5 ppg, 8.8 rpg, 2.1 apg, 2.1 spg, 1.7 bpg, 68.4% FG

No surprise here. Zion has been the best player all-around, across all classes.

Honorable Mention: RJ Barrett (Freshman Forward, Duke), Coby White (Freshman Guard, North Carolina), Tyler Herro (Freshman Guard, Kentucky)


Sixth Man of the Year – Mfioundu Kabengele (Sophomore Forward, Florida State)

Averages: 13.4 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 1.5 bpg

Kabengele has been the leading scorer for the Seminoles, averaging 13.4 points and 5.9 rebounds per contest. His improved footwork has allowed him to control the game on both ends

Honorable Mention: Jordan Bowden (Junior Guard, Tennessee), Dejon Jarreau (Sophomore Guard, Houston), Kihei Clark (Freshman Guard, Virginia)


Transfer of the Year – Brandon Clarke (Junior Forward, Gonzaga)

Averages: 17.0 ppg, 8.4 rpg, 1.8 apg, 3.1 bpg

Clarke has been an indispensable piece for the top-ranked Gonzaga team. The San Jose State transfer continues to leave his imprint on games with his shot-blocking and finishing ability.

Honorable Mention: Dedric Lawson (Junior Forward, Kansas), Marial Shayok (Senior Guard/Forward, Iowa State), Makai Mason (Senior Guard, Baylor)


Coach of the Year – Kelvin Sampson (Houston)

Sampson has led a team devoid of McDonald’s All-Americans or heavy star power to the Sweet 16, instilling a culture of toughness and defense that has helped them to the highest winning percentage in the entire country.

Honorable Mention: Chris Beard (Texas Tech), Matt Painter (Purdue), Tony Bennett (Virginia)


Colpoys Toughness Award – Admiral Schofield (Senior Forward, Tennessee)

Averages: 16.4 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 2.0 apg, 41.5 3PT%

Admiral was the heart and soul of a Tennessee team that spent a good chunk of the season ranked in the top-5 nationally. Big shot, big rebounds, big loose ball, it didn’t matter: Schofield was a warrior for the Vols this season, and throughout his career.

Honorable Mention: Matt Mooney (Senior Guard, Texas Tech), Brad Davison (Sophomore Guard, Wisconsin), Zavier Simpson (Sophomore Guard, Michigan)


Mid Major Player of the Year – Ja Morant (Sophomore Guard, Murray State)

Averages: 24.5 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 10.0 apg, 1.8 spg

There may not be a more electrifying guard in the country than Morant. He is must-watch TV and creates offense at will. Morant was an exciting combination of flash, IQ, and production for the Racers.

Honorable Mention: Mike Daum (Senior Forward, South Dakota State), Chris Clemons (Senior Guard, Campbell), Dylan Windler (Senior Forward, Belmont)


Closer of the Year – Jared Harper (Junior Guard, Auburn)

Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Averages: 15.3 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 5.7 apg

The diminutive Auburn guard has been huge for the Tigers late in games. His range expands and his confidence elevates in pressure moments.

Honorable Mention: Cassius Winston (Junior Guard, Michigan State), Myles Powell (Junior Guard, Seton Hall), Admiral Schofield (Senior Forward, Tennessee)


Walk-On of the Year – Liam Nelligan (Grad Student Guard, Notre Dame)

Nelligan was a fan-favorite and consummate teammate for the Irish. He earned a start in the final home game of the season after providing much-needed depth to an injury-plagued roster over the last two years. A gym-rat with a pure outside shot, Nelligan will look to complete his Notre Dame career with another Bookstore Basketball championship.

Honorable Mention: Joey Lane (Senior Guard, Ohio State)

All-American Teams

First Team All-American:

Zion Williamson (Freshman Forward, Duke)

De’Andre Hunter (Sophomore Forward, Virginia)

Rui Hachimura (Junior Forward, Gonzaga)

Ja Morant (Sophomore Guard, Murray State)

Cassius Winston (Junior Guard, Michigan State)

Second Team All-American:

Jarrett Culver (Sophomore Guard, Texas Tech)

RJ Barrett (Freshman Forward, Duke)

Brandon Clarke (Junior Forward, Gonzaga)

Grant Williams (Junior Forward, Tennessee)

PJ Washington (Sophomore Forward, Kentucky)

Third Team All-American:

Carsen Edwards (Junior Guard, Purdue)

Markus Howard (Junior Guard, Marquette)

Mike Daum (Senior Forward, South Dakota State)

Dylan Windler (Senior Forward, Belmont)

Kyle Guy (Junior Guard, Virginia)

Honorable Mention: Dedric Lawson (Junior Forward, Kansas), Ethan Happ (Senior Forward, Wisconsin), Ty Jerome (Junior Guard, Virginia), Myles Powell (Junior Guard, Seton Hall), Corey Davis (Senior Guard, Houston), Fletcher Magee (Senior Guard, Wofford), Cam Johnson (Senior Forward, North Carolina), Jared Harper (Junior Guard, Auburn), Tremont Waters (Sophomore Guard, LSU), Chris Campbell (Senior Guard, Campbell)


All-Defensive Teams

First Team All-Defense:

Matisse Thybulle (Senior Forward, Washington)

De’Andre Hunter (Sophomore Forward, Virginia)

Brandon Clarke (Junior Forward, Gonzaga)

Barry Brown (Senior Guard, Kansas State)

Tariq Owens (Senior Forward, Texas Tech

Second Team All-Defense:

Ashton Hagans (Freshman Guard, Kentucky)

Tre Jones (Freshman Guard, Duke)

Zion Williamson (Freshman Forward, Duke)

Grant Williams (Junior Forward, Tennessee)

Bruno Fernando (Sophomore Center, Maryland)

Third Team All-Defense:

Zavier Simpson (Sophomore Guard, Michigan)

Matt Mooney (Senior Guard, Texas Tech)

Jaxson Hayes (Freshman Forward/Center, Texas)

Tako Fall (Senior Center, UCF)

Tremont Waters (Sophomore Guard, LSU)

Honorable Mention: Ethan Happ (Senior Forward, Wisconsin), Charles Matthews (Junior Forward, Michigan), Quentin Rose (Junior Guard/Forward, Temple), Jordan Murphy (Senior Forward, Minnesota), Mamadi Diakite (Junior Forward, Virginia), Marcus Evans (Junior Guard, VCU), Kylor Kelley (Junior Center, Oregon State)


All-Freshman Teams

First Team All-Freshman:

Zion Williamson (Freshman Forward, Duke)

RJ Barrett (Freshman Forward, Duke)

Coby White (Freshman Guard, North Carolina)

Antoine Davis (Freshman Guard, Detroit)

Tyler Herro (Freshman Guard, Kentucky)

Second Team All-Freshman:

Ignas Brazdeikis (Freshman Forward, Michigan)

Devon Dotson (Freshman Guard, Kansas)

Keldon Johnson (Freshman Guard, Kentucky)

Naz Reid (Freshman Forward, LSU)

Romeo Langford (Freshman Guard, Indiana)

Third Team All-Freshman:

Cam Reddish (Freshman Forward, Duke)

Charles Bassey (Freshman Center, Western Kentucky)

Ayo Dosunmo (Freshman Guard, Illinois)

Nick Muszynski (Freshman Center, Belmont)

Jalen Smith (Freshman Forward, Maryland)

Honorable Mention: Tre Jones (Freshman Guard, Duke), Jaxson Hayes (Freshman Forward/Center, Texas), Andrew Nembhard (Freshman Guard, Florida), Neemias Queta (Freshman Center, Utah State), Ashton Hagans (Freshman Guard, Kentucky), Joe Wieskamp (Freshman Guard, Iowa), Talen Horton-Tucker (Freshman Guard/Forward, Iowa State), Jaylen Hoard (Freshman Forward, Wake Forest)


Mid-Major All-American Team

First Team Mid-Major:

Ja Morant (Sophomore Guard, Murray State)

Mike Daum (Senior Forward, South Dakota State)

Dylan Windler (Senior Forward, Belmont)

Chris Clemons (Senior Guard, Campbell)

Fletcher Magee (Senior Guard, Wofford)

Second Team Mid-Major:

John Konchar (Senior Guard/Forward, IPFW)

CJ Massinburg (Senior Guard, Buffalo)

Anthony Lamb (Senior Forward, Vermont)

Nathan Knight (Junior Forward, William & Mary)

Miye Oni (Junior Guard, Yale)

Third Team Mid-Major:

Antoine Davis (Freshman Guard, Detroit)

Jordan Davis (Senior Guard, Northern Colorado)

Garrison Matthews (Senior Guard, Lipscomb)

Drew McDonald (Senior Forward, Northern Kentucky)

Jon Elmore (Senior Guard, Marshall)

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