PERU – Peru State senior forward Lyle Hexom was one of 100 players announced for Small College Basketball’s (SCB) Bevo Francis Award watch list Tuesday.
The award represents the finest men’s basketball players who compete in NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III, NAIA Division I, NAIA Division II, USCAA and NCCAA.
“This was an extremely difficult process, and I am very thankful to our committee for their input and feedback on many players throughout the country,” said Small College Basketball Founder John McCarty. “When we look out over the landscape of small college basketball, we’re trying to find the best of the best, based on our criteria, out of about 1,100 – 1,200 colleges and universities.
This is the fourth season the award will be handed out to a player based on individual statistics, previous awards, milestones and team success. Lincoln Memorial’s Emanuel Terry received the honor last winter. Northwest Missouri State’s Justin Pitts won the award in 2017.
“It’s a real honor to be included on this prestigious list. Each of the players on this list is in the midst of a heck of a season, and I congratulate each and every one of them,” McCarty said.
Hexom is currently among the NAIA leaders in ten different categories: third in blocks per game (2.647), fourth in total blocks (45), fifth in total rebounds (170), fifth in defensive rebounds per game (7.941), seventh in rebounds per game (10.000), 15th in points per game (19.706), 15th in total scoring (335), 15th in total three-point field goals made (52), 18th in three-point field goals made per game (3.059), and 37th in three-point field goal percentage (0.448).
Corday Sims and Quantice Hunter are the only other two Bobcats to be named to the watch list. Sims qualified in the top 25 in 2016.
The 2019 Bevo Francis Award winner will be announced on April 8.