BARTLESVILLE, Okla. - On the wall outside Tarleton State's men's basketball locker room back home in Wisdom Gym hangs what those closest to the program believe is the key to the Texans' success - head coach Lonn Reisman's infamous "hustle board."
Senior point guard Corin Henry takes as much pride as perhaps any Texan to play under Reisman in topping the lists on the hustle board - things such as charges taken, tipped balls, number of times a player dives on the floor and other categories one won't find in the official box scores.
Nobody has taken as many charges as Henry, who set Tarleton's single-season record when he was knocked to the floor by a driving opponent for the 39th time in last Saturday's regular-season finale at Angelo State. He passed the 38 player control fouls drawn by Cornell Jones for the 2004-05 Texans that reached the Final Four.
"I take charges to show my team that I will do anything to help us win," said Henry. "It's one of those things that are important even though it doesn't make the stats."
For his efforts, Henry was named Lone Star Conference South Division Defensive Player of the Year at the post season awards ceremony at the Phillips Building Tuesday night.
"I guess it shows I can move my feet a little bit," Henry said with a chuckle. "This honor is a team effort, though, I never would have won it without my teammates."
Henry says playing junior college ball for former Texan Mac McConnell at Ranger College prepared him for Reisman's intense brand of man-to-man defense before he ever came to Tarleton last year.
It's no surprise the award went to a Tarleton player, as the Texans lead the nation in scoring defense. They allowed 70 or more points only once in South Division play, and held opponents below 60 points 10 times in 14 divisional games. They held Midwestern to its lowest point total in 11 years, and held West Texas A&M to its lowest scoring output in Rick Cooper's 18 years as the Buffs' head coach - twice.
It's also no surprise Henry was the player selected to represent the nation's best defense. He averaged 1.8 steals and 1.5 charges taken per game while often matching up with either opposing point guards or a foe's top scoring guard. He also happens to lead the Texans in scoring at 13.3 points per game.
The Randallstown, Md. native had perhaps his best defensive performance in arguably Tarleton's biggest win of the regular season, holding LSC Player of the Year Chris Hagan to only six points as the Texans clinched the South title and ended Midwestern's 41-game win streak in a physical 49-47 affair in Wichita falls.
"Hagan is a great player. We've had some good battles, and we might have to have at least one more," said Henry, referring to a potential LSC semifinal match up Saturday afternoon.
Other Texans honored included Reisman, who was named LSC South Coach of the Year after his team dominated the division by four games.
Henry was also named to the first team, while junior forward Wes Dipprey picked up an honorable-mention recognition.
Wale Ogunoye, who hopes to return from a leg injury during this week's LSC Championship, was named to the All-Academic team. Ogunoye, a senior forward, is pre-med major from Cedar Hill.
The Texans (22-4), ranked No. 15 in the nation, open conference tournament action against Southwestern Oklahoma State at 8:30 p.m. tonight.