BOSTON, Mass. – Eastern Kentucky senior Corey Walden is one of 40 players from across the country chosen to the Lou Henson Award Mid-Season Watch List, CollegeInsider.com announced on Wednesday.
The Lou Henson Award is presented annually to the Division I “Mid-Major” Player of the Year. Walden is one of only two Ohio Valley Conference players on the list.
The Daytona Beach native leads the team in scoring (19.1 ppg), assists (3.5 apg) and steals (2.7 spg). He has scored in double figures in every game this season and has scored 20 or more points seven times. He set a new career high with 33 points at Southern Utah and then matched that total in a game at Coppin State.
Walden is shooting 56.2 percent from the field this season.
He is the only player in the OVC top-10 in scoring (2nd), field goal percentage (8th), assists (9th) and steals (1st).
Walden now needs 39 more steals to break the EKU career record of 221. The 6-foot-2 guard ranks sixth in the nation in steals per game and 26th in field goal percentage.
The finalists for the 2015 Lou Henson Award will be announced in March. The award is named in honor of Henson who retired after a spectacular coaching career that lasted 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 2015 recipient will be announced at the CollegeInsider.com Awards Banquet on April 3 in Indianapolis, site of the 2015 men’s NCAA Basketball Championship.
Walden joined EKU’s 1,000 point club during the game at Southern Utah. He is now 16th on the school’s all-time scoring list with 1,248 points.
As a junior in 2014-15, Walden was chosen as the OVC Defensive Player of the Year and the OVC Tournament MVP.
The Colonels play at Jacksonville State on Thursday. Tip-off is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET.