THE RILEY WALLACE AWARD

North Carolina's Brady Manek is the recipient of the 2022 Riley Wallace award, presented annually to the top impact transfer.

April 1, 2022
 
BRADY MANEK WINS 2022 AWARD

NEW ORLEANS, LA -- North Carolina forward Brady Manek is the 2022 recipient of the Riley Wallace Award, presented annually to the top transfer in Division I college basketball.

Manek spent four seasons at Oklahoma, earning All Big 12 honors, before joining the Tar Heels this season and sparking their unexpected run to the Final Four. The 6-9, 230-pound sharpshooter averaged 15.2 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game.

He made a career-high 92 3-pointers through the regional final, connecting on 39.8 percent beyond-the-arc. Manek recorded 10 20-point games and scored 54 points in UNC’s victories over Marquette and Baylor in the first two rounds of the NCAA tournament. He hit 16-of-34 3-pointers in the Tar Heels’ first four tournament games.

The Riley Wallace award, which is presented annually to the top transfer in division I college basketball, is named after the longtime University of Hawaii head coach Riley Wallace who had a lot of transfers during his time on the island.

Many of those transfers helped Wallace become the winningest coach in Hawaii history. He guided Hawaii to nine postseason appearances, including a school-record streak of four straight from 2001-04.


The Warriors appeared in the NCAA Tournament three times under Wallace and were invited to the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) on six occasions. Prior to his arrival, the program had just one NCAA appearance and two trips to the NIT.

 

The Riley Wallace award is presented annually to the top transfer in division I college basketball. 
 
During his coaching career at Hawaii, Wallace welcomed many transfers into the program and became the winningest coach in Hawaii history. Wallace guided Hawaii to nine postseason appearances, including a school-record streak of four straight from 2001-04. 
 
The Warriors appeared in the NCAA Tournament three times under Wallace and have been invited to the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) on six occasions. Prior to his arrival, the program had just one NCAA appearance and two trips to the NIT.
 
The recipient of of the 2021 award will be announced on April 1.

2021: Fardaws Aimaq, Utah Valley
2020: Elijah Burns, Siena
2019: Rapolas Ivanauskas, Colgate

2018: Wes Clark, Buffalo
2017: Chima Moneke, UC Davis
2016: Grandy Glaze, Grand Canyon
2015: Mike Myers, UMES

The Riley Walllace award committee is a 15 member panel, consisting of five current division I head coaches, five members of the national media and five collegeinsider.com staff members. Former Hawaii head coach Riley Wallace is the chairman of the awards committee.

RULES AND CRITERIA

The Riley Wallace award is presented annually to the top transfer player in division I college basketball, as voted on by the award committee.  Eligible players include transfers from other division I programs, the JUCO ranks and all other levels of college basketball.  

SCHEDULE OF RELEASES

March: Riley Wallace All-America Team announced
March 30: Riley Wallace Player of the Year announced

AWARD PRESENTATION

The recipients of the 17 national awards, presented by CollegeInsider.com, are announced annually at the site of the NCAA men’s division I basketball championship.

The 2018 CollegeInsider.com Awards Banquet will take place on March 30 in San Antonio, TX

 

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