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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.

Bevo Francis Award Watch List Dates


                January 15, 2019


                       100 Players

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                February 15, 2019                                   50 Players

                     CLICK HERE


                March 15, 2019                                     25 Players

               CLICK HERE

              April 6, 2019                                         Finalists

               CLICK HERE

                April 8, 2019                         Bevo Francis Award Winner

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Members of the Bevo Francis Award committee include the following coaches: Tobin Anderson - St. Thomas Aquinas (N.Y.), Gerald Holmes - Bloomfield (N.J.), Gary Stewart - Stevenson (Md.), Arlen Galloway - Wentworth (Mass.), Chris Briggs - Georgetown (Ky.), Bill Dreikosen - Rocky Mountain (Mont.), Klint Pleasant - Rochester (Mich.), Ryan Kane - Ripon (Wisc.), Mark Berokoff – Hillsdale Baptist (Okla.), Mike Donnelly – Florida Southern, Rhett Soliday – Vanguard (Calif.), Sam Hargraves – Alma (Mich.) and Ryan Looney – Point Loma Nazarene (Calif.).

2019 Bevo Francis Award Winner - Aston Francis of Wheaton College

Aston Francis accepting the 2019 Bevo Francis Award at the Celebration of the Game event in Kansas City, Missouri on May 11. 

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 March 31, we will release a video of the finalists, and the Bevo Francis Award will be presented in person shortly thereafter on April 2.  The e-mail address to send nominations and detailed information is bevofrancisaward@gmail.com.  To 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:  http://www.rioredstorm.com/f/Bevo.php).


Articles about Bevo Francis

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At One Time, Everyone Knew Bevo Francis

Bevo Francis Wikipedia page

Hero Sports Feature on Bevo Francis Award


Video about Bevo Francis

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