The leading scorer in the BIG EAST a season ago, Julian Champagnie has been named to the Preseason Top 50 Watch List for the John R. Wooden, it was announced this afternoon.
In addition to the Wooden Award, Champagnie has also earned spots on the watch list for the Julius Erving Award, the NABC Player of the Year Award and the Naismith Trophy.
As a sophomore in 2020-21, Champagne earned a spot on the All-BIG EAST First Team and shared the conference’s most improved player award after averaging a league-best 19.8 points per game. The Brooklyn native became just the fourth player in program history to lead the BIG EAST in scoring over the course of a conference season, joining Chris Mullin (1983-84), Walter Berry (1985-86) and Marcus Hatten (2001-02).
In addition to leading the BIG EAST in scoring, Champagnie also topped the league in free throw percentage (88.7%) while ranking seventh in rebounding (7.4), fourth in steals (1.4), ninth in blocks (1.0) and fifth in 3-pointers made per game (2.4).
He reached double figures in all 25 of his appearances with 11 20-point performances and seven double-doubles. Champagnie was a two-time BIG EAST Player of the Week and was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll on five separate occasions.
Champagnie and the Red Storm open the 2021-22 season tonight against Mississippi Valley State at 7:45 p.m. inside Carnesecca Arena.
Individual game and season tickets are available for purchase now by visiting RedStormTix.com or by calling 1-888-GO-STORM