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Mercer's Hoffman, Hall named finalists for mid-major specialty awards

After a landmark season for the Mercer men's basketball team concluded in the NCAA Round of 32, senior point guard Langston Hall and head coach Bob Hoffman were named finalists for CollegeInsider.com postseason specialty awards this week.
MACON, Georgia (MERCER RELEASE) - After a landmark season for the Mercer men's basketball team concluded in the NCAA Round of 32, senior point guard Langston Hall and head coach Bob Hoffman were named finalists for CollegeInsider.com postseason specialty awards this week.

Hoffman was named one of 15 Hugh Durham finalists for the nation's top mid-major coach, while Hall picked up Mid Major All-American honors and is one of 30 players in consideration for the Lou Henson Mid-Major Player of the Year award.

The Hugh Durham award is named after the legendary coach who retired in 2005 as one of just 12 coaches to have led two different programs to the NCAA Final Four (Florida State in 1972 and Georgia in 1983).

Past recipients of the distinction include Danny Kaspar (Stephen F. Austin, 2013), Eddie Payne (USC Upstate 2012), Rick Byrd (Belmont, 2011), Mike Young (Wofford, 2010) Todd Bozeman (Morgan State, 2009), Keno Davis (Drake, 2008), Greg Marshall (Winthrop, 2007), Pat Flannery (Bucknell, 2006), and Bob Thomason (Pacific, 2005).

CollegeInsider.com selects the top Mid-Major player annually for the Lou Henson Award.  The selection is given in honor of Henson, who retired after a 41-year coaching career at Illinois and New Mexico State.

The most recent recipient of the Lou Henson award is Matthew Dellavedova of Saint Mary's last year.  Other recipients include Kyle O'Quinn (Norfolk State, 2012), Matt Howard (Butler, 2011), and Keith Benson, (Oakland, 2010).

The winners of both awards will be announced at the CollegeInsider.com Awards Banquet on April 4 in Dallas, site of the Division I Men's Basketball Championship.
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