(Editor’s note: University of Montana athletics release)
BOSTON, Mass. — Montana senior Ahmaad Rorie has been named to the 2018-19 Lou Henson Award Watch List, which is annually presented to the nation’s top Division-I mid-major player. Rorie is one of 50 players nationally on the watch list and one of three players from the Big Sky Conference (Montana State’s Tyler Hall and Weber State’s Jerrick Harding).
The Tacoma, Wash., native was named the preseason Big Sky Conference player of the year last month and earned first-team honors a year ago as a junior after averaging 17.2 points per game and ranking third in the league for assists (3.7), eighth for steals (1.2) and third with a 2.1 assist-to-turnover ratio. Through six games in 2018-19, Rorie has scored in double figures five times, averaging 15.7 points and 3.7 assists per game. He was recently named to the Islands of the Bahamas all-tournament team.
Henson coached college basketball for 41 years, and when he left the game in 2005 was sixth all-time with 779 career Division-I victories. He is the winningest coach at both Illinois and New Mexico State, and is one of only 12 coaches in the history of the game to take two schools to the Final Four.
The 2019 Lou Henson Award will be presented at the College Insider awards event in April in Minneapolis, Minn., coinciding with the 2019 Final Four.