BUFFALO, NY – University at Buffalo junior guard CJ Massinburg has been named to the mid-season watch list for the Lou Henson Award, given to the nation's top mid-major player.
Massinburg leads the Bulls and is second in the MAC in scoring at 19.0 points per game and he is the team's leading rebounder at 8.1 boards per contest, which is fourth best in the league.
Massinburg became the newest member of the 1,000-point club in the MAC opener against Toledo as he scored 27 points against the Rockets. Massinburg is the 20th player to score 1,000 points for the Bulls and he is the seventh fastest to do so, achieving it in his 73rd career game. He has scored over 20 points nine times this year and has reached double figures in each of the last 15 games.
He has a team-high six double-doubles on the year, including recording a career-high 14 boards at Delaware, where he also scored 30 points. The six double-doubles are third most in the Mid-American Conference.
The award is named for Lou Henson, who coached 41 years. When he left the game in 2005 he was sixth all-time in career Division I wins with 779. He is the winningest coach at both Illinois and New Mexico State. He is one of only 12 coaches in the history of the game to take two schools to the Final Four.
The 2017-18 Lou Henson National Player of the Year Award will be announced on March 31, 2018 at the CollegeInsider.com Awards Event in San Antonio, site of the men's NCAA Basketball Championship.