Small College Basketball released its Top 16 watchlist for the Bevo Francis Award for the 2019 season. The original list featured 100 players from DII, DIII, NAIA, USCAA, and NCCAA men’s basketball, but the list now been shortened to just 16.

The award was created in 2015 and is named after Clarence “Bevo” Francis. Francis played two seasons at what is now the University of Rio Grande. In his first season, he led the team to a 39-0 record averaging 50.1 points per game, highlighted by a 116-point performance against Ashland College in Kentucky.

HISTORY: The complete list of DII men’s basketball champions

Lincoln Memorial’s Emanuel Terry was the winner of the 2018 award. Aside from averaging a double-double (16.9 points, 10.3 rebounds per game) for the school that finished atop the DII men’s basketball regular season rankings, Terry was known for highlight-reel dunks that garnered the nation’s attention.

Finalists will be announced on April 6. The winner will be announced on April 8. 

The complete watchlist is below in alphabetical order.

NAME HEIGHT YEAR SCHOOL
Tommy Bolte 6’1” Sr. Concord
Elisha Boone 6’4” Sr. WV Tech
Gage Davis 6’5” Sr. St. Cloud
Jacobo Diaz 6’9” Sr. Indiana (Pa)
Marcos Echevarria 5’10” Sr. Nichols
Aston Francis 6’1” Sr. Wheaton
Jeff Garrett 6’7” Sr. LSU-Shreveport
Ryan Garver 6’3” Sr. Nebraska Wesleyan
Tim Guers 6’3” Sr. St. Anselm
Tonzell Handy 6’5” Sr. Tougaloo
Juvaris Hayes 6’0” Jr. Merrimack
Amir Hinton 6’5” Jr.  Shaw
Daulton Hommes 6’8” Jr.  Point Loma
Trevor Hudgins 6’1” Fr.  Northwest Missouri State
Cameron Hunt 6’4” Sr. Southwestern (KS)
Jonathan Lawton 6’2” Sr. Florida Southern
Anthony Lee 6’2” Sr. Kutztown
Kyle Mangas 6’3” So. Indiana Wesleyan
Cam Martin 6’9” So. Missouri Southern
Kendale McCullum 6’1” Sr.  Lewis
Andrew Sischo 6’9” So. Daemen
Sam Vander Sluis 6’8” Sr. Cornerstone
Will Vorhees 6’8” Sr. Notre Dame (OH)
Shaun Willett 6’4” Sr. Queens (NC)
Joey Witthus 6’7” Sr. NW MO State

 

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