Tre King Henson award

BOSTON, Mass. – Eastern Kentucky University junior Tre King has been named to the prestigious 2020-21 Lou Henson Award mid-season watch list. The Lou Henson National Player of the Year Award is given annually to the top mid-major player in Division-I college basketball.

King ranks second in the Ohio Valley Conference in scoring (17.6 points-per-game), third in rebounding (8.0 rebounds-per-game), third in steals (2.1 steals-per-game) and seventh in blocks (1.2 blocks-per-game).

The 6-9 forward from Lexington is shooting 52 percent from the field and 36 percent from three-point range. He is averaging 19.1 points-per-game during conference play.

King has been voted the Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Week three times this season. His five double-doubles currently rank second in the OVC.

King’s stellar play has helped EKU jump out to a 13-2 (7-1 OVC) record. That is the program’s best start since the 1946-47 season.

The recipient of the 2020-21 Lou Henson Award will be announced in April.

The award’s namesake, Lou Henson, coached college basketball for 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.

King is one of only four OVC players on the mid-season watch list, joining Austin Peay’s Terry Taylor and Belmont’s Grayson Murphy and Nick Muszynski.