May 2, 2012

Basketball Tigers Announce Annual Team Awards

HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, VA – Head Coach Dee Vick recently announced the annual team awards the Tigers hand out at the end of each school year.

Patrick Corrigan (Richmond, VA / Collegiate) is this year's recipient of the Assist Award given to the player on the team with the best assist-to-turnover ratio. Corrigan dished out a team second best 59 assists while recording just 33 turnovers in 310 minutes of playing time for a 1.78 assist-to-turnover ratio. Additonally, Corrigan ranked second in the ODAC in assists per 40 minutes with 7.6

Ben Jessee (Midlothian, VA / Cosby) was tabbed the winner of the Free Throw award for leading the team in free throw percentage, converting at the charity stripe at a remarkable 88.9% clip. An outstanding free throw shooter throughout his career, he has shot over 80% from the free throw line all four seasons.

Randall Ward (Richmond, VA / John Marshall) was the 2012 Three Pointer award winner, given to the player with the highest three point percentage on the team. Ward connected on 31 three pointers for a 37.8% conversion percentage. He converted two or more triples in eight games, including a season-high seven at Methodist.

This year Most Improved Player award went to Leon Hargrove (Raleigh, NC / Middle Creek). Leon, a Freshman point guard played in all but one game and only missed one game due to injury. He served as a backup PG for the first half of the season, but became the starting point guard in the second half as the Tigers played some of their best basketball of the season, especially on the defensive end where his speed, quickness, and smart play often led to transition buckets.

Khobi Williamson (Norfolk, VA / Maury) earned three awards this year: Shot Blocker, Rebounding, and Toughness. Williamson proved to be one of the top shot blockers in the conference as a sophomore, recording 38 blocks. He ranked second in the ODAC in blocks per 40 minutes while ranking fourth in blocks per game.

He also led the Tigers in rebounds per game at 6.3 to rank ninth in the ODAC. He was tops in the conference in rebounds per 40 minutes at 13.4, a full 1.7 rebounds above the second place finisher. Khobi was tops on the team for the Toughness Index, which measures a person's toughness mostly through factors not found on the box scores like deflections, contested shots, etc.

Ru White's (Chesterfield, VA / Allegany) outstanding defensive abilities made him a natural winner for the Best Defensive Player award. One of the top defenders in the ODAC, White's size, athleticism, and strength made him one of the most versatile defenders in the league. White was handed the task every game to defend each team's best perimeter player one-on-one, and many high quality players struggled to produce offensively when checked by Ru.

The 2012 team Most Valuable Player is Harrison George (Raleigh, NC / Leesville). George continued to show why he is amongst the best in the region this season. While Harrison didn't play as he did as a sophomore, he accepted his role for the betterment of the team while also elevating the impact he makes in his minutes. As a junior, George made teams pay for double teams by showing tremendous court vision and a willingness to pass the ball as he had a team-high 70 assists, ranking him eighth in the conference in assists. He also took his game on the defensive end to a new level as he recorded a team-high 50 steals to place eighth in the ODAC. He was named First-Team All-ODAC and Second-Team All-Region.

Keegan Wetzel (Mebane, NC / Eastern Alamance) persevered through a mid-season wrist injury and made a big impact on the team in his return to earn this year's Coaches' award. Keegan was on the floor for numerous key possessions in his return, and his energy and high level play coming off the bench provided a big boost to the Tiger basketball team.

The Sixth Man of the Year award went to Jim Whitehead. Whitehead, the owners of the immensely popular Farmville Bojangles located at 1501 South Main Street, was a tremendous asset to the Tigers basketball program this year. Jim is an avid fan and friend of the program that recently accepted an offer to join the Roundball Club Advisory Board led by Roundball Club President David Wilson '63.

"It is tough to see Ben and Ru move on from this program. They have made invaluable contributions and represented the program at a very high level," said Head Coach Dee Vick. "Both young men possess a strong work ethic that will bode well for their futures. We now have two starting positions available, and hopefully our returning players will prepare with urgency to step up and fill the void these guys will leave behind. On a positive note, we enjoyed watching the highlight tape Assistant Coach Larry Blunt prepared and handing out the hardware to our deserving recipients."