George Evans Nominated for Prestigious Award

Posted: March 28, 2001 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

George Mason senior basketball player George Evans has been selected as one of five finalists for the Chip Hilton Award. The award, sponsored by Chip Hilton Sports and the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, will be presented at the National Collegiate Athletic Association men’s basketball Final Four in Minneapolis on April 2.

The Basketball Hall of Fame and Chip Hilton Sports began presenting the award in 1997 to the Division I men’s basketball player who epitomizes the character and values synonymous with the 24-book Chip Hilton Sports series. Clair Bee, the late Long Island University coach and Hall of Fame inductee, wrote the books for boys and young men between 1948-66. Bee’s winning percentage of .826 is still the best in major-college coaching history.

The other finalists are Shane Battier of Duke University, Rahim Lockhart of the University of Mississippi, Josh Sankes of the College of Holy Cross, and Earl Watson of UCLA.

Evans has received a host of honors this season. He recently was named an honorable mention All-American by the Associated Press, and he was named the Colonial Athletic Association Player (CAA) of the Year for the third straight season. He was also selected the Defensive Player of the Year for the second time in the past three seasons, and was a first-team All-CAA selection for the third straight year. Evans was recently honored with the conference’s Dean Ehlers Award, which is presented annually to the men’s basketball student-athlete who “embodies the highest standards of leadership, integrity and sportsmanship through his academic and athletic achievement.”

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