KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Small College Basketball cut its Watch List for the 2019 Bevo Francis Award in half on Friday, with Nova Southeastern point guard David Dennis still among the final 50 players in the hunt for the prestigious honor.
This marks the second consecutive season Dennis has been recognized by the committee, who chooses the elite group from over 1,100 colleges and universities that span both NCAA Divisions II and Division III, NAIA Divisions I and II, as well as the USCAA and NCCAA.
As the team’s unquestioned leader, Dennis has not only propelled the Sharks to the top of the Sunshine State Conference standings, but has helped pilot the team to its current, program-best No. 4 ranking in the most recent National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Division II poll. The native of Canal Winchester, Ohio ranks among the nation’s leaders in both assists (6.0 apg) and steals (2.6 spg), to go along with 15.7 points and 5.4 rebounds per game. He has scored in double-figures in all but four contests, topping 20-plus points seven times, while also registering three double-doubles.
“This process is very challenging, as there are so many good players that are having excellent seasons,” said SCB Founder John McCarthy. “It’s really difficult to narrow this list to 50 players. As such, we continued to go back to our specific criteria for the Bevo Francis Award. We’ve considered individual achievements, season statistics, awards, milestones, and team achievement.
“As we move further into this process, personal character will become increasingly important. Bevo Francis was very focused on team success, so we emphasize a player’s contributions to team success during this process. As such, while this is an individual award, team success is an important consideration. I sincerely congratulate every single member of this list. It’s an incredible honor to be listed amount the nation’s elite at the small college level. Importantly, I thank all of our committee members that have taken the time to provide a tremendous amount of information.”
The Bevo Francis 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.
The list will be narrowed down to 25 players in a Watch List published on Mar. 15. The finalists will be named in a highlight video that will be released on Apr. 6.
The 2019 Bevo Francis Award winner will be announced on Apr. 8. The award will be presented to the winner on May 11 at the SCB National Awards Show in conjunction with the SCB Alumni Association’s Celebration of the Game event at the Crowne Plaza in downtown Kansas City, Mo.
To view all 50 players on today’s Watch List, please click here.