May 17, 2011

Hoops Hands Out Team Awards, George Named MVP

HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, VA-The Hampden-Sydney basketball team celebrated its 2010-11 season with its annual end of the year banquet. The coaching staff handed out its statistical awards and honors that were voted on by coaches and players.

Sophomore Randall Ward (Richmond, VA/John Marshall) was honored with both the assist award and free throw award. Ward led the team in assist to turnover ratio, dishing out 70 helpers to just 49 turnovers (1.43). He was also tops from the foul line (of all players with at least two attempts per game) with an 85.2% average connecting on 52 of his 61 attempts.

The three point shooting award went to junior sharp shooter Ben Jessee (Midlothian, VA/Cosby). Jessee led the way in three point percentage (35.7%), attempts (140), field goals (50), and field goals-per-game (1.85). His percentage was also 15th in the ODAC while his 1.85 makes-per-game were seventh best in conference.

Lone senior Colin O'Neill (Fort Leavenworth, KS/Leavenworth) was given the Leadership Award, as voted on by the team. O'Neill was a captain this season and was one of the best leaders on and off the court that head coach Dee Vick has seen. O'Neill was the heart and emotional leader of the team while also averaging 6.0 points and 3.8 rebounds-per-game. O'Neill was also inducted into Omicron Delta Kappa this year and was the winner of the Gammon Cup at graduation, given to the member of the graduating class who has best served the College. Character, scholarship, and athletic ability are considered.

The coaches voted and gave freshman wing Sasha Obradovic (Belgrade, Serbia/Hawaii Prep) the Coaches Award. The rookie displayed a tough, hard work ethic and gave the Tigers a nice spark off the bench in his 22 appearances. Contributing 1.7 points and 1.1 rebounds in 7.6 minutes-per-game, Obradovic had a knack for hitting big shots and swinging momentum.

Khobi Williamson (Norfolk, VA/Maury) was another freshman honored as he was voted the Most Improved Player. The freshman started out his Tiger campaign on a tear leading all freshmen in points (4.0), rebounds (3.8) and minutes-per-game (11.5). Williamson was also second on the team in block with 17. He also posted one double-double with 12 points and 13 rebounds against Johnson and Wales.

Junior Ru White (Chesterfield, VA/L.C. Bird) earned the Tiger Toughness Award and was voted as the team's Best Defensive Player. The Toughness Award was taken from the winner of the Toughness Index, which takes into account hustle plays, rebounding, and defensive plays. White also showed his defensive prowess and versatility, with the ability to guard opponent's best players no matter the position. He posted team bests in minutes-per-game (30.2) and blocks (31) while his 35 steals were second best on the team. Offensively, White averaged 12.8 points, 6.0 rebounds, and a team-best 2.9 assists-per-game.

Sophomore forward and two-time All-ODAC pick Harrison George (Raleigh, NC/Leesville) was named the Team MVP while also winning the Rebounding Award. George led the ODAC with 20.0 points-per-game while his 8.0 caroms-per-game were second in the league. George also led the team and was fourth in the conference in field goal percentage connecting on 188 of his 325 attempts (56.1%). He also posted nine double-doubles including a stretch of four consecutive double-digit scoring and rebounding. George managed to score in double figures in 25 of his 26 games while pouring in at least 20 on 15 occasions.