Photo credit: Seattle Times – Dean Rutz
Terrence Ross (above) captured the top prize Wednesday at Washington’s team banquet.
Ross, a sophomore guard who left the program and declared for the NBA draft, won the 950 KJR Most Valuable Player award. He led the Huskies with a 16.4 scoring average, tied for first with 33 blocks and was second in rebounding average (6.4) and steals (44).
No one captured more honors than Desmond Simmons, a redshirt freshman forward who appeared in all 35 games and started 11. He took home the Wurster Award that’s given to the top hustler and the Industrial Award, which is given to the team’s hardest worker.
Simmons, who carried a 3.0 cumulative grade point average, and Brendan Sherrer, who had a 3.1 GPA, were co-recipients of the 101 Club Scholar-Athlete award. Sherrer, a senior forward, also claimed the Brandon West Walk-On Award for a third straight year.
Aziz N’Diaye captured the Marv Harshman Award, which is given to the top rebounder. He also took home the John Meyers Defensive Player award.
The UW coaching staff gave senior forward Darnell Gant the Hec Edmundson Most Inspirational award for the second straight year.
Junior guard Abdul Gaddy, who was second in the Pac-12 with a 5.2 assist average, won the Playmaker of the Year award. His 182 assists are the third most in UW single-season history.
Freshman guard Tony Wroten Jr., who came off the bench in the first eight games before starting the final 27, took the Most Improved award. He opted for the NBA draft after setting UW freshman records for points (559), assists (130) and steals (66).
Freshman forward Martin Breunig nabbed the Coaches Award, which is given to the player who displays the best attitude.
2011-12 WASHINGTON TEAM AWARDS:
950 KJR Most Valuable Player – Terrence Ross
Hec Edmundson Most Inspirational – Darnell Gant
Marv Harshman Trophy – Aziz N’Diaye
Wurster Award – Desmond Simmons
John Meyers Defensive Player – Aziz N’Diaye
Most Improved Player – Tony Wroten Jr.
Playmaker of the Year – Abdul Gaddy
Industrial Award – Desmond Simmons
101 Club Scholar-Athlete – Brendan Sherrer and Desmond Simmons
Coaches Award – Martin Breunig
Brandon West Walk-On Award – Brendan Sherrer
April 11, 2012 at 8:01 PM
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