Saunders was honored among the top players from mid-major conferences (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Wesley Saunders has been named to the 2014 Lou Henson All-America team and is one of 30 finalists for the 2014 Lou Henson Award, presented annually to the top mid-major player in Div. I college basketball.
Previous recipients of the award include Matthew Dellavedova (Saint Mary's, 2013), Kyle O'Quinn (Norfolk State, 2012), Matt Howard (Butler, 2011) and Keith Benson (Oakland, 2010). This year's winner will be announced at the CollegeInsider.com Awards Banquet on April 4 in Dallas, site of the Division I Men's Basketball Championship.
Saunders has garnered several accolades in the wake of a season in which he ranked among the Ivy League leaders in scoring (8th, 14.2), assists (3rd, 3.8), steals (1st, 1.7), assist-to-turnover ratio (5th, 1.7), field goal percentage (10th, 46.4) and minutes played (5th, 33.7). The junior was tabbed as the Ivy League Player of the Year and was a unanimous selection to the All-Ivy League first team, along with being named to the USBWA All-District I Team and NABC All-District 13 first team.
Saunders' performance on the court helped lead Harvard to a fourth straight Ancient Eight title and a third consecutive appearance in the NCAA tournament. In the Big Dance, he scored 12 points and dished out four assists as the 12th-seeded Crimson defeated fifth-seeded Cincinnati to advance to the third round, and then turned in 22 points and three steals as the squad nearly upset No. 4 Michigan State to reach the Sweet 16. Saunders eclipsed the 1,000-point plateau versus the Spartans, becoming the 31st member of Harvard's 1,000-point club.
A native of Los Angeles, Calif., Saunders led Harvard in scoring 12 times in 2013-14 and turned in six 20-point performances. He also led the team in rebounding six times and in assists 10 times. His full arsenal of skills was on display when Harvard hosted Princeton on Jan. 31, as he became the first member of the Crimson to lead the team in points (24), rebounds (9), assists (7) and steals (3) in the same game since Jeremy Lin '10 did against George Washington on Dec. 30, 2009.