HOUSTON, TX -- Valparaiso's Vashil Fernandez is the recipient of the 2016 Lefty Driesell National Defensive Player of the Year.
Fernandez led the nation in blocked shots with 119, which is the top single-season mark in Horizon League history. The 6-foot-10 senior is also the only player in League history to be named Defensive Player of the Year for a second straight season.
He blocked five or more shots in 12 games this season, including tying his own single-game record with eight rejections in the first round of the NIT against Texas Southern.
Fernandez was the anchor of Valparaiso stingy defense, which was one of the best in all of division I college basketball.