Jan. 23—It's been a standout season for John Carroll point guard Luke Chicone, and now the nation is taking notice.
For the second straight season, the Mentor graduate has made the initial Top 100 watch list for the Bevo Francis Award, presented annually "to the player who has had the finest overall season within small college basketball."
That includes players at the Division II, D-III, NAIA, USCAA and NCCAA levels.
In his second season as the Blue Streaks' starting point guard, Chicone has helped his team to a 16-1 record, a 10-0 mark in the Ohio Athletic Conference and a No. 3 national ranking in the D3Hoops.com Top 25 poll.
Statistically, Chicone — this week's OAC Men's Basketball Player of the Week — is having a season worthy of being named OAC Player of the Year and a D-III All-America selection. He's second in the league in scoring at 19.6 points and first in assists (5.1) and steals (2.5). He's also averaging 3.8 rebounds and ranks in the top 10 nationally in D-III in assist-to-turnover ratio.
On Feb. 15, the Francis watch list will be reduced to 50 players. A month later, it will be trimmed to 25. The finalists and the Francis Award winner will be announced on a date to be determined.
Also on the Francis watch list are Case Western Reserve guard Anthony Mazzeo and Mount Union post player Christian Parker.