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 The Clarence “Bevo” Francis Award will be 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 will be an incredibly prestigious award, as this award will only be given to one player within Small College Basketball per season.

       Bevo Francis Award Watch List

                January 15, 2016


                       100 Players

                February 15, 2016                                   50 Players

                March 15, 2016                                     25 Players

                April 1, 2016                                      13 Finalists

                April 25, 2016                           Bevo Francis Award Winner

Bevo Francis Award Committee: Tobin Anderson - St. Thomas Aquinas (N.Y.), Drew Diener - Rockhurst (Mo.), Gerald Holmes - Bloomfield (N.J.), Gary Stewart - Stevenson (Md.), Ken Ammann - Concordia (Calif.), J.J. Nekoloff - ODAC/NCAA DIII National Championship, Scott McClary - Muhlenberg, Dannton Jackson - Xavier (La.), Arlen Galloway - Wentworth (Mass.), Tony Dominguez- Western Washington, Chris Briggs - Georgetown (Ky.), Bill Dreikosen - Rocky Mountain (Mont.), Pat Cunningham - Trinity (Texas), Klint Pleasant - Rochester (Mich.), Ryan Kane - Ripon (Wisc.), Mike McGrath - University of Chicago.

The evaluation process for the Bevo Francis Award is an ongoing process; as such, there is not a nomination form or deadlines.  We will publish Watch Lists of 100 players on January 15, 50 players on February 15, and 25 players on March 15.  On April 1, we will release a video of the finalists, and the Bevo Francis Award will be presented in person shortly thereafter.  The e-mail address to send nominations and detailed information is  Send physical information to Small College Basketball, P.O. Box 901878, Kansas City, MO 64190.



About Bevo Francis





















Bevo Francis played at Rio Grande College (now the University of Rio Grande) in Ohio in 1952-53 and 1953-54.  When he arrived on campus, the school had 38 male students enrolled in the school and was on the verge of bankruptcy, planning to close its doors at the end of the 1952-53 school year.  In the season before Bevo arrived at Rio Grande, the Redmen (now the Red Storm) had gone 4-19. 

During his two seasons at Rio Grande, Bevo became the most popular basketball player in the world, and ultimately helped to save the school from bankruptcy.  During his first year, the Redmen went 39-0, and Bevo scored 1,954 points and averaged 50.1 points per game.  Against Ashland College (KY), Francis scored 116 points, which included 55 points in the final 10 minutes of the game.  

(You can learn more about Bevo Francis through the Bevo Francis page on the Rio Grande website:


Articles about Bevo Francis

Remembering the Great Bevo Francis

At One Time, Everyone Knew Bevo Francis

Bevo Francis Wikipedia page

Hero Sports Feature on Bevo Francis Award 


Video about Bevo Francis

They Could Really Play The Game

       Bevo Francis Award Winner

Dominez Burnett with SCB Founder

               John McCarthy

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