Wilkins Named to Watch List for 2022-23 Lou Henson Award

Published 12:38 pm Wednesday, November 23, 2022

FARMVILLE – Longwood’s Isaiah Wilkins was named to the Watch List for the 2022-23 Lou Henson Award late on Tuesday.

The award is annually given to the top mid-major player in Division I college basketball. It’s named after Lou Henson, a¬†coach at Illinois and New Mexico State who won 775 games over 41 seasons.

Wilkins came back as Longwood’s top returning scorer from a season ago, where he was one of the team’s most consistent players. He earned a spot on the Big South Preseason All-Conference First Team. So far this year, he has averaged a team-best 11.5 points per game this year for the Lancers. The graduate student has scored in double figures in four of the team’s six games.

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Last season, Wilkins scored in double figures 23 times. He averaged 12.7 points per game on the way to earning both Big South Tournament MVP and All-Big South First Team honors.

He was also an All-Big South First Team selection after averaging 12.7 points per game and a team-high 6.2 rebounds per game. Wilkins had a pair of double-doubles and shot .394 from three-point range.

Coming off a historic season

Longwood put together a historic season last year, winning the Big South Championship thanks to a whirlwind three-day run at the Big South Tournament after claiming the regular season title. The taste of March Madness at the Division I level was a program first.

The success extended off the court as well. This fall, the team moved into the fully donor-funded Basketball Performance Center, yet another milestone in Longwood’s rise to be a nationally relevant mid-major program. In addition, the Joan Perry Brock Center is set to open in the summer of 2023. Willett Hall, the team’s current home court, will become a practice facility at this point. The growth has been years in the making and is all part of the plan.

Up next

This season, the Lancers are 3-3 on the young season heading into the weekend. They host Mary Baldwin on Friday at noon to wrap up a five-game homestand. That game is free to attend.