KANSAS CITY, Mo. - University of Scranton men's basketball senior forward Matthew Mancuso (Bridgewater, N.J./Bridgewater-Raritan) was named to the Top 100 watch list for the 2020 Bevo Francis Award on Wednesday morning. The list consists of some of the top players from NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III, NAIA Division I, NAIA Division II, USCAA, and NCCAA.
The Clarence "Bevo" Francis Award is presented annually to the player who has had the finest overall season within Small College Basketball. Considerations will be season statistics and individual achievements, awards, personal character, and team achievements. This is an incredibly prestigious award, as this award will only be given to one player within Small College Basketball per season. 2020 marks the fifth year of the Bevo Francis Award.
So far in 2019-20, Mancuso has been Scranton's leader both in the scoring column and around the glass, pacing the Royals to a 10-3 overall mark and a 2-0 ledger in the Landmark Conference.
Overall, he ranks second in the Landmark Conference in scoring averaging 18.6 points per game, while leading the conference in rebounding at 11.1 'boards a contest. Scoring in double-figures in all 13 games the Royals has played in to date, Mancuso has also recorded seven total double-doubles, five of which have come in Scranton's last six games.
The best game of Mancuso's season (and career) came back on Nov. 23 at Cabrini, as he poured in a career-high 38 points and snatched 22 total rebounds (also a career-best) to lead Scranton to a 93-86 win on the road. For his efforts, Mancuso was not only named the Landmark Conference's Athlete of the Week, but earned three national weekly awards - the USBWA Division III National Player of the Week, a selection to the D3hoops.com Team of the Week, and the National Jesuit Player of the Week.
For his career, Mancuso has scored 965 career points entering this week, putting him 35 points away from the 1,000- career point milestone.
For the full 2019-20 Bevo Francis Award Top 100 List, click here.
The University of Scranton men's basketball team returns to action this evening, taking on Landmark Conference foe Moravian in the John Long Center. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.