Emanuel Terry named finalist for 2018 Bevo Francis Award
BALDWIN CITY, Kan. — Lincoln Memorial University senior forward Emanuel Terry has been selected as a finalist for the 2018 Bevo Francis Award, it was announced by Small College Basketball officials on Saturday night. The Bevo Francis Award is given annually to the top player competing for an institution affiliated with the NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III, NAIA Division I or II, the USCAA or the NCCAA.
Terry is one of 13 finalists for the prestigious award along with West Texas A&M’s David Chavlovich, Ferris State’s Zach Hankins, Wheeling Jesuit’s Haywood Highsmith, Carroll’s Ryan Imhoff, Keiser’s Deion McClenton, Cabrini’s Tyheim Monroe, Western Oregon’s Tanner Omlid, Northwest Missouri State’s Justin Pitts, St. Thomas Aquinas’ Justin Reyes, Springfield’s Jake Ross, Shippensburg’s Dustin Sleva and Cornerstone’s Kyle Steigenga,
Terry had a remarkable senior season as the Enterprise, Alabama native was selected as the South Atlantic Conference Player of the Year, the inaugural SAC Defensive Player of the Year and the D2CCA Southeast Region Player of the Year. He was also christened as an All-American by the D2CCA, the Basketball Times, the NABC and the Division II Bulletin.
Terry racked up 16.9 points, 10.3 rebounds and 2.2 blocks per game while shooting 71.1 percent from the field. The 6-9 center compiled 16 double-doubles in 31 appearances. He racked up at least 20 points 12 times, had at least 12 rebounds in 11 games, and recorded at least three blocks 13 times to break the program’s career record for blocked shots.
The senior led Lincoln Memorial to a 32-2 overall record, as the Railsplitters finished the year ranked No.1 in the country and hosted the NCAA Division II Southeast Regional for the third time in four seasons. The Railsplitters won their sixth consecutive SAC regular-season title with a perfect 20-0 mark in conference play. LMU also advanced to the Sweet 16 for the third consecutive year.
Due in large part to Terry’s presence on the defensive end and his high efficiency on the offensive end, where he ranked second nationally in shooting percentage, the Railsplitters led the nation in both field-goal percentage offense and defense. Lincoln Memorial also led the nation in scoring margin, winning by an average of 25.4 points per game.