ST. LOUIS (USBWA) – Retiring coaches Gene Keady
of Purdue and Lou Henson of New Mexico State will join Illinois
head coach Bruce Weber in being honored by the U.S. Basketball
Writers Association at a breakfast at the downtown Missouri Athletic
Club on April 1 to announce the national college basketball player
of the year.
Keady and Henson will receive special awards from the Basketball
Writers for their years of service in the coaching profession and
cooperation with the media during their careers.
is retiring after 25 years at Purdue and 26 years as an NCAA Division
I head coach. Henson announced his retirement at New Mexico State
earlier this season after 38 years as a major college coach, including
21 seasons at Illinois, where he remains the all-time winningest
Weber, earlier in the week, was selected by the Basketball Writers
to receive the Henry Iba Coach of the Year Award. Weber guided
Illinois (32-1) to the Big Ten Conference regular-season and tournament
championships and the top seed in the NCAA tournament.
The Oscar Robertson Trophy will be presented to the college
player of the year, as selected by the USBWA. The trophy is a bronze
sculpture of Robertson by St. Louis sculptor Harry Weber. The statue
was molded from the famous picture showing Robertson rebounding
with his legs spread-eagled.
The awards breakfast will start at 8 a.m. with the program immediately
following at 8:30. Tickets are $65 and are available at the MAC
(314-231-7220 or at the front desk) and DeSmet High School (Bob
Steiner, basketball coach, at 314-567-3500). A portion of the proceeds
will be donated to the National Kidney Foundation, Oscar Robertson's
charity of choice.
For more information or to inquire about sponsorship opportunities,
contact William Mathis at MathisJones Communications by phone (636-938-1100
or 314-805-1102) or by e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org).
• Oscar Robertson Trophy
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official site (www.thebigo.com)
• National Kidney