Tookie Brown among Lou Henson mid-season watch candidates

Georgia Southern University guard, Tookie Brown was named in mid-season watch list for the Lou Henson Award. Photo by Mick Miller.

Ryan Kostensky

Georgia Southern University guard, Tookie Brown, was named in the mid-season watch list for the Lou Henson Award.

The award, named after the former New Mexico State University and University of Illinois head basketball coach, is given to the top player coming from a division 1, mid-major school.

Brown was not the only player from the Sun Belt to receive the nomination, however, being joined by Texas-Arlington’s Kevin Hervey, Louisiana-Lafayette’s Bryce Washington, and Georgia State’s D’Marcus Simonds.

Amidst the best season since 2014-15, when the Eagles finished 22-9, losing to Georgia State in the Sun Belt Championship game, Head Coach Mark Byington could see stardom in Brown at a young age.

“When I saw him his junior year in high school, and at the time he was committed to a another school and I was watching another kid, and I saw him on the court just doing some unbelievable plays, and I thought, at the time, I was like ‘wouldn’t it be great to coach him,’ and [I] didn’t think it was ever gonna happen, but when he was available, he’s exactly my style of player,” Byington said.

Brown, who hails from Madison, Georgia, has been a staple of the Eagle’s backcourt since his arrival as a freshman, and has become one of the Sun Belt’s predominant players.

“He’s competitive, he’s a good student, he works hard, and he really cares about the team, so he’s a perfect role model for us,” Byington said.

The award will be announced on March 31, 2018, at the CollegeInsider.com.