Harvard senior guard Jeremy Lin has been named to the Lou Henson All-American team in an announcement late Tuesday evening.
Named for former Illinois and New Mexico State head coach Lou
Henson, the awards – including the national player of the
year - will be presented annually to the top mid-major player in
division I college basketball.
“Coach Henson is one of the finest people you could ever hope to meet,” says Joe Dwyer, co-founder of CollegeInsider.com. “His accomplishments as a coach should have gotten him enshrined in the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame a long time ago, but he is certainly a hall of famer as a person.”
The 78-year old Henson coached for 41 years. When he retired in 2005 he was the sixth all-time in career Division I wins with 779.
Henson is the winningest coach in Illinois basketball history with 423 victories. During his 21 seasons (1975-1996), Henson led the Fighting Illini to 16 postseason appearances, including 12 NCAA tournaments and a Final Four appearance in 1989.
Lin, who has been named to the All-Ivy League first team as well as the USBWA and NABC all-district teams, is also a finalist for the Bob Cousy Award, which goes to the nation’s top point guard as well as the John R. Wooden Award for the national player of the year.
Lin leaves Harvard as the only player in Ivy League history to record 1,450 points (1,482), 450 rebounds (494), 400 assists (406) and 200 steals (225). At the end of the season, he ranks first all-time in games played (115) at the school, fifth in points (1,482), fifth in assists (406) and second in steals (225).
Lin helped guide Harvard to numerous program records including wins (21), non-conference wins (11), home wins (11) and road/neutral wins (10) as well as the program’s first postseason bid since 1946.
Lin led the Ivy League in steals in each of the past three seasons with 71 this season alone. He is a three-time all-conference honoree.
All told for the season, Lin averaged 16.4 points, 4.4 rebounds, 4.6 assists, 2.4 steals and 1.1 blocks per game while shooting 51.9 percent from the floor overall, 34 percent from 3-point range and 76 percent from the free throw line (148-196).
He made nearly 60 percent of his 2-point field goal attempts during the season (119-199, .598).
Lin was a four-time Ivy League Player of the Week and earned a spot on its weekly Honor Roll in 13 of his team’s 15 weeks of games.
2009-10 Lou Henson All-America Team
Keith Benson 6-11 Jr. Oakland
Marqus Blakely 6-5 Sr. Vermont
Matt Bouldin 6-5 Sr. Gonzaga
Noah Dahlman 6-6 Jr. Wofford
Louis Dale 5-11 Sr. Cornell
Kenneth Faried 6-8 Jr. Morehead State
Charles Garcia 6-10 Jr. Seattle
Robert Glenn 6-7 Sr. IUPUI
Andrew Goudelock 6-7 Sr. College of Charleston
Reggie Holmes 6-4 Sr. Morgan State
Matt Howard 6-8 Jr. Butler
Matt Janning 6-4 Sr. Northeastern
Charles Jenkins 6-3 Jr. Hofstra
Anthony Johnson 6-3 Sr. Montana
Orlando Johnson 6-5 So. UC Santa Barbara
Johnathon Jones 5-11 Sr. Oakland
Adam Koch 6-8 Sr. Northern Iowa
David Kool 6-3 Sr. Western Michigan
Gerald Lee 6-10 Sr. Old Dominion
Jeremy Lin 6-3 Sr. Harvard
Shelvin Mack 6-3 So. Butler
Ashton Mitchell 5-11 Sr. Sam Houston State
Artsiom Parakhouski 6-11 Sr. Radford
Larry Sanders 6-11 Jr. VCU
A.J. Slaughter 6-3 Sr. Western Kentucky
Ryan Thompson 6-6 Sr. Rider
Edwin Ubiles 6-6 Sr. Siena
Cameron Wells 6-1 Jr. The Citadel
Ryan Wittman 6-6 Sr. Cornell
Desmond Yates 6-7 Sr. Middle Tennessee