Chip Hilton Sports and the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) announced Hofstra’s Charles Jenkins as this year’s Chip Hilton Award winner.
Three of the nation’s premier basketball coaches and four outstanding graduating players were named as finalists for the fifteenth annual prestigious Clair Bee and Chip Hilton Awards, to be presented by Chip Hilton Sports and the NABC during the Final Four.
The Chip Hilton Award honors a Division I graduating senior men’s player for demonstrating outstanding character, leadership, and talent similar to the qualities evident in the 24-book Chip Hilton Sports Series.
The graduating finalists for the Chip Hilton Award were: James “Jimmer” Fredette (Brigham Young University), Charles Jenkins (Hofstra University), Robert “Robo” Kreps (University Illinois Chicago), and Andy Polka (Loyola University Chicago).
Jenkins averaged 22.6 points per game this season, ranking him sixth in the country, while finishing his career with 2,513 points. He became just the 63rd player in NCAA history to score 2,500 points in a career, and finished second in Colonial Athletic Association history behind David Robinson of Navy.
Jenkins was a third-team All-American selection by Sports Illustrated, Sporting News, and CBS Sports.com, earned honorable mention All-America honors from the Associated Press, and was the CAA Player of the Year for the second year in a row. Jenkins’ efforts helped the Pride to a 21-12 record and a 14-4 finish in the CAA, tying it for second, which marked the program’s highest finish since joining the league in 2001-02.
“Charles has visited children’s hospitals, participated in reading programs at local elementary schools, volunteered at the St. John’s Home for Boys in Far Rockaway, New York, and has spoken at numerous youth basketball clinics,” said Hofstra athletic director Jack Hayes. “In 20 years in this business, I have never seen a student-athlete get more from his or her college experience than Charles.”