April 19, 2024
Bryce Pope of the UCSD Tritons. Picture credit score: ucsdtritons.com/

UC San Diego guard Bryce Pope and the Tritons are heading to Daytona Seaside because the second seed within the Ro Faculty Basketball Invitational, whereas the senior has garnered one other honor.

Pope has been named a finalist for the Lou Henson Award, offered to the highest participant in mid-major school basketball. On Tuesday, he additionally acquired All-District recognition by the Nationwide Affiliation of Basketball Coaches (NABC).

And final week, he turned the primary Triton to be named All-Massive West First Workforce.

Throughout convention play, Pope ranked third within the Massive West in scoring at 19.3 factors per contest whereas main the league at 36.5 minutes per sport. A 3-time Massive West Participant of the Week this season, Pope has began 103 consecutive video games and at present sits fourth all-time in scoring in UC San Diego historical past with 1,611 profession factors. 

The recipient of the annual award is set by a 10-member voting committee, which consists of present and former head coaches, in addition to two senior employees members of collegeinsider.com.
 
The winner of the Lou Henson Award shall be introduced on the Males’s Basketball Ultimate 4 subsequent month in Phoenix.

The award honors the previous Illinois and New Mexico State head coach who received 775 video games in 41 seasons. Henson is the winningest coach in Illinois basketball historical past with 423 victories. Throughout 21 seasons (1975-1996), Henson led the Preventing Illini to 16 postseason appearances, together with 12 NCAA tournaments and a Ultimate 4 look in 1989.

Henson, who can be the all-time winningest coach in New Mexico State historical past with 289 victories, is certainly one of solely 11 coaches to take two totally different faculties to the NCAA Ultimate 4. His groups have made 19 NCAA appearances and 4 NIT appearances. He died in 2020.

The Ro Faculty Basketball Invitational begins Saturday afternoon.