Magee Wins Mid-Major Player of the Year Award

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MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (Wofford SID) – Wofford senior Fletcher Magee was named the recipient of the 2019 Lou Henson Award which is presented annually to the nation’s top mid-major player in Division I college basketball.

After being named a finalist as a junior, Magee averaged 20.3 points per game while shooting 41.9 percent from 3-point range to become the first player from a Southern Conference school to earn the honor.

β€œIt’s a great honor to win the Lou Henson award,” Magee said. β€œI know there’s a lot of great players in mid-major basketball this year, but I think the success we had as a team this year, with all of our great players and coaches, helped me get his award, but it’s a big honor.”

The Orlando, Florida, native shot a stellar 43.9 percent from the field and hit 91 percent of his free throws to help lift Wofford to program records in wins (30), wins in a regular season (26), as well as the school’s first-ever NCAA Tournament victory (84-68, vs. Seton Hall). The shooting guard propelled Wofford to its first Associated Press Top 25 ranking and helped the team earn a No. 7 seed to the 2019 NCAA Tournament, which is the highest-seeded Southern Conference team since 1979.

“We are so proud of Fletcher and so happy about this recognition,” said Wofford head coach Mike Young. “He has worked incredibly hard to become the type of player we have all enjoyed seeing over these past four years.”

Magee led the SoCon in scoring, averaging 22.9 points and 5.2 threes per game to claim Southern Conference Player of the Year honors for the second consecutive season. After Wofford became the first SoCon team to run the table and finish the regular season undefeated (18-0), Magee averaged 19 points per game, connecting from downtown 12 times in three contest as Wofford earned its fifth SoCon Championship in 10 seasons, sweeping the SoCon (21-0) on the way to being named the SoCon Tournament’s Most Outstanding Player.

Draining 158 threes in 2018-19, Magee passed such players like Stephen Curry (Davidson) and J.J. Redick (Duke) en route to setting the Division I record for made 3-pointers in a career, finishing with 509 in his four seasons of play. The 158 3-pointers were tied for second most all-time in a single season, trailing only Curry’s record of 162 (2008-09).

Magee was twice SoCon Player of the Month (January, February) and became the first Terrier to be named USBWA Oscar Robertson Player of the Week after averaging 27 points in two games to cap off Wofford’s first undefeated season in SoCon history (18-0).

Magee finished his career with 2,516 points, which ranks him first in scoring at Wofford in the Division I era and fifth all-time in Southern Conference history. Magee’s career field-goal percentage (45.7), 3-point percentage (43.5) and free-throw percentage (90.8) are all program records at Wofford.

“Fletcher is a great man,” Young said. “I will always feel it was such a privilege to work with such a fine man throughout his college career.”

To read more about the award and its history, visit louhenson.com.

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