Florida Tech’s Sam Daniel Named to Bevo Francis Award Watch List

By  //  January 17, 2018

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Daniel has started all 17 games for FIT this season

Florida Tech men’s basketball senior forward Sam Daniel is one of 100 players nationally on the watch list for the 2018 Clarence “Bevo” Francis Award. (FIT Image)

BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – Florida Tech men’s basketball senior forward Sam Daniel is one of 100 players nationally on the watch list for the 2018 Clarence “Bevo” Francis Award.

The award, now in its third season, honors the top player in all of small college basketball, consisting of NCAA Division II and Division III, as well as the NAIA, USCAA and NCCAA.

Daniel has started all 17 games for the Panthers this season and is averaging 26.8 points, 7.5 rebounds and two assists per game, while shooting 48.1 percent from the field, 41.7 percent beyond the arc and 77.4 percent from the free throw line. He ranks first in the Sunshine State Conference and second nationally in scoring. His 70 three-pointers and 148 total field goals are good for fourth and fifth in Division II, respectively. Daniel also ranks third in the SSC in free throws made (89) and fifth in total rebounds (128).

A product of Kingsland, Georgia, Daniel has five double-doubles this season and reached double-figures in scoring in all 17 games. He has scored at least 20 points in 14 games and surpassed the 30-point mark on five occasions. Daniel registered a season-high 47 points against No. 24 Nova Southeastern on Dec. 7.

“The Bevo Francis Award has quickly become the most prestigious award for collegiate players at the small college levels, and this Watch List and award has now drawn a great deal of attention, said Small College Basketball founder John McCarthy.

“We’ve received a tremendous amount of information, and we’ve done a great deal of research. Ultimately, selecting 100 players from 1,100 – 1,200 schools is extremely challenging. Our committee did a tremendous amount of research, and we tried to focus on the criteria for the Bevo Francis Award.”

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Members of the Bevo Francis Award committee include the following University president and coaches: Dr. Michelle Johnston – Rio Grande, Tobin Anderson – St. Thomas Aquinas (N.Y.), Drew Diener – Rockhurst (Mo.), Gerald Holmes – Bloomfield (N.J.), Gary Stewart – Stevenson (Md.), Arlen Galloway – Wentworth (Mass.), Tony Dominguez- Western Washington, Chris Briggs – Georgetown (Ky.), Bill Dreikosen – Rocky Mountain (Mont.), Klint Pleasant – Rochester (Mich.), Ryan Kane – Ripon (Wisc.), Mike McGrath – University of Chicago, Mark Berokoff – Randall (Okla.), Mike Donnelly – Florida Southern.

The committee chose this elite group from over 1,100 colleges and universities and took into consideration individual statistics, previous awards, milestones and team success.

On February 15, SCB 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 March 31.

The 2018 Bevo Francis Award winner will be announced on April 2 but for the first time, the award will be presented to the award winner on May 19 at the newly created National Awards Show in conjunction with the SCB Alumni Association’s Celebration of the Game event at the Crowne Plaza in Kansas City, Missouri.

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