JACKSON – Two Ole Miss players are finalists for the Howell Trophy, which is awarded annually to the top men’s college basketball player in Mississippi.
Senior shooting guard Marshall Henderson, who won the trophy last year, and junior point guard Jarvis Summers are joined by Neil Watson of Southern Miss as finalists.
The finalists for the Gillom Award, which goes to the top female player, are Mississippi State’s Martha Alwal, Tia Faleru of Ole Miss and Jamierra Faulkner of Southern Miss. Alwal, a junior center, won the award last year.
A look at the finalists:
• Henderson ranks third in the SEC in scoring at 19.5 points per game and fifth in free throw percentage (81.8). He’s also third in the country in 3-pointers made, averaging 4.5 per game.
• Summers is averaging 17.1 points and 3.8 assists per game while shooting 49.7 percent from the field, including 47.1 percent from 3-point range.
• Watson, a senior guard, averages 11.4 points and is fourth in the nation with a 93.4-percent free throw rate.
• Alwal is logging 15.9 points and 8.9 rebounds per game and holds the MSU career record for blocked shots with 232.
• Faleru, a junior forward, ranks third in the SEC in scoring at 17 points per game, and she’s pulling down a league-leading 9.9 rebounds. She’s recorded 18 double-doubles.
• Faulkner is a senior point guard who leads the nation in assists at 8.4 per game. She also leads USM in scoring (17.2 ppg) and is fifth nationally in steals (3.1 per game).
The Howell and Gillom winners will be announced March 3 at the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum. For tickets, call (601) 982-8264 or visit msfame.com.
The featured speaker will be former MSU men’s coach Richard Williams, who led the Bulldogs to the 1996 Final Four.