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W&M’s Nathan Knight honored as Lou Henson All-American

William & Mary men's basketball sophomore Nathan Knight was named to the 2017-18 Lou Henson All-America team, announced on Wednesday. (Courtesy photo/Tribe Athletics)
William & Mary men’s basketball sophomore Nathan Knight was named to the 2017-18 Lou Henson All-America team, announced on Wednesday. (Courtesy photo/Tribe Athletics)

William & Mary men’s basketball sophomore Nathan Knight was named to the 2017-18 Lou Henson All-America team, announced on Wednesday.

The Lou Henson Award is presented annually to the nation’s top Division I mid-major player, and the 40 members of All-America team are finalists for the prestigious honor.

Lou Henson coached 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. He is one of only 12 coaches in the history of the game to take two schools to the Final Four. The 2017-18 Lou Henson National Player of the Year Award will be announced on April 2 in San Antonio, site of the men’s NCAA Basketball Championship.

Knight was one of eight sophomores on the list and one of four players from the CAA. He was joined on the All-America team by Charleston’s Joe Chealey and Grant Riller and Vasa Pusica of Northeastern. Knight who was on Mid-Season Watch list for the award, joins Marcus Thornton ’15 as Tribe players to be selected a Lou Henson All-American.

The Syracuse, N.Y., native adds the All-America honor to his growing list of accolades in 2017-18. He was named NABC All-District 10 Second Team along with being named to the All-CAA Second Team choice and the CAA All-Defensive Team. A two-time CAA Player of the Week during the regular season, Knight was selected to the CAA All-Tournament Team after helping the Tribe to the semifinals for the fifth-straight year, including a career-high 31 points against eventual champion Charleston.

Knight averaged 18.5 points, 7.3 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 2.0 blocked shots per game in 2017-18. The 6-10 forward shot 57.8 percent from the field, which ranked fifth in the CAA and 31st nationally, and 76.9 percent from the free throw line. He ranked fifth in the CAA in scoring, seventh in rebounding and second in blocked shots. Knight recorded nine double-doubles on the year, including a trio of the 30-point, 10-rebound double-doubles.

A number of Knight’s single-season totals rank among the top 10 in program history. His 573 points in 2017-18 are 10th in program history as are his 206 made field goals. Knight’s 150 made free throws rank eighth in program history and are the most for a W&M player in the last 50 years. His 61 blocked shots rank fourth in school lore. He also became the first W&M player to record 100 career blocked shots in his first two seasons.

2017-18 Lou Henson All-America Team

Trae Bell-Haynes (Vermont)
Bogdan Bliznyuk (Eastern Washington)
Desonta Bradford (ETSU)
Keith Braxton (Saint Francis PA)
Tookie Brown (Georgia Southern)
Joe Chealey (Charleston)
Chris Clemons (Campbell)
Clayton Custer (Loyola Chicago)
Mike Daum (South Dakota State)
Tre-Shaun Fletcher (Toledo)
Blake Francis (Wagner)
Jerrick Harding (Weber State)
Brandon Goodwin (FGCU)
Max Heidegger (UC Santa Barbara)
Kevin Hervey (UT Arlington)
Jordan Howard (Central Arkansas)
John Konchar (Fort Wayne)
Nathan Knight (William & Mary)
Jock Landale (Saint Mary’s)
Zach Lofton (New Mexico State)
Jairus Lyles (UMBC)
Fletcher Magee (Wofford)
CJ Massinburg (Buffalo)
Garrison Mathews (Lipscomb)
Drew McDonald (Northern Kentucky)
Matt Mooney (South Dakota)
Matt Morgan (Cornell)
Kendrick Nunn (Oakland)
Vasa Pusica (Northeastern)
Grant Riller (Charleston)
Junior Robinson (Mount St. Mary’s)
Devin Sibley (Furman)
D’Marcus Simonds (Georgia State)
Andre Spight (Northern Colorado)
Jonathan Stark (Murray State)
Zach Thomas (Bucknell)
James Thompson IV (Eastern Michigan)
Seth Towns (Harvard)
Reed Timmer (Drake)
Bryce Washington (Louisiana)

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