Dayton, Tenn. – Small College Basketball announced on Friday the Bevo Francis Top 100 Watch List, and Bryan College's Brandon Cole (SR/Crossville, Tenn.) made the cut.
The Clarence "Bevo" Francis Award will be presented annually to the player who has had the finest overall season within Small College Basketball (NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III, NAIA Division I, NAIA Division II, USCAA, and NCCAA). Considerations will be season statistics and individual achievements, awards, personal character, and team achievements. This will be an incredibly prestigious award, as this award will only be given to one player within Small College Basketball per season.
Cole is currently leading NAIA Division II in total scoring with 528 points and averaging 29.333 points per game. He also ranks third nationally in rebounds per game (11.333) and fourth in total rebounds (204). Cole is making 54.2 percent of his shots, which rates him 39th best in the NAIA.
On Saturday in a conference matchup against Reinhardt University (Ga.), he registered his 11th double double of the season along with scoring over 2,500 career points (2,512). He has amassed 1,133 rebounds in his nearly four seasons at Bryan.
To view the entire Watch List, click here.
For more info about the Bevo Francis Award, click here.
On February 15, Small College Basketball will publish the next Watch List with 50 players. The list will be narrowed down to 25 players in a Watch List published on March 15. The finalists will be announced in a highlight video that will be released on April 1.
About Bevo Francis
Bevo Francis played at Rio Grande College (now the University of Rio Grande) in Ohio in 1952-53 and 1953-54. When he arrived on campus, the school had 38 male students enrolled in the school and was on the verge of bankruptcy, planning to close its doors at the end of the 1952-53 school year. In the season before Bevo arrived at Rio Grande, the Redmen (now the Red Storm) had gone 4-19.
During his two seasons at Rio Grande, Bevo became the most popular basketball player in the world, and ultimately helped to save the school from bankruptcy. During his first year, the Redmen went 39-0, and Bevo scored 1,954 points and averaged 50.1 points per game. Against Ashland College (Ky.), Francis scored 116 points, which included 55 points in the final 10 minutes of the game.
About Small College Basketball
Small College Basketball will service a niche within college basketball, as they will unite the NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III, NAIA, USCAA and NCCAA levels.
Through the creation of the Small College Basketball Hall of Fame, events, awards, the website and various forms of publicity, they will pay tribute, honor and promote college basketball players, coaches, contributors and alumni within the NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III, NAIA, USCAA and NCCAA levels. Combined, these levels of college basketball account for nearly 1,200 colleges and universities throughout the United States.
At the heart of Small College Basketball will be the people that have made the game of basketball at these levels so very special. Their focus is to enhance the lives of those people by paying special tribute to those who have made great contributions. By doing so, they will raise the profile of basketball at these levels and enhance the overall game of basketball. Ultimately, Small College Basketball is about people and passion.
Below, view the video announcing the 100 player's on the Watch List by SCB Founder John McCarthy.