Pack Holds Postseason Awards Banquet
April 9, 2012
RALEIGH, N.C. - The Wolfpack men's basketball team put the finishing touches on its successful 2011-12 campaign under first-year head coach Mark Gottfried with its postseason awards banquet at NC State's McKimmon Center Monday evening.
The Pack's season culminated with its first NCAA Tournament berth since 2006 and its first Sweet 16 appearance since 2005. At season's end, NC State was ranked 20th in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll. It was the Pack's first final ranking since the 2004, when it finished 15th in the season-ending poll. Its 24 overall wins and nine conference victories are the most wins each category since 1988 and 2006, respectively. State's overall win tally under Gottfried also represented the second most victories by a first-year coach since the legendary Everett Case posted 26 in his first campaign.
Here is the complete list of basketball awards and recipients:
Chris Corchiani Most Steals Award
Lorenzo Brown - Led the Wolfpack with 67 steals this season including a career-high eight in the season opening victory over UNC Asheville. His 1.8 steals per game was the top average in the ACC.
Thurl Bailey Most Blocks Award
C.J. Leslie - His career-best 54 blocks this season led the Pack. Matched his single game career-high in the category with six rejections against Duke. Leslie's 1.6 average ranked seventh in the ACC.
Ronnie Shavlick/Tommy Burleson Most Rebounds Award
Richard Howell - Recorded the 11th highest single-season tally in program history, grabbed a career-high 342 boards during the year. Howell's 9.2 rebounds per game was the highest average since since Todd Fuller notched 9.9 boards per game. Concluded the season as the third ranked rebounder in the ACC.
Rodney Monroe Best Three-Point Shooter Award
Scott Wood - Shot .409 from long range this season, connecting on a career-high 95 three-pointers. Hit a season-high six threes versus Wake Forest in an 87-76 win. Wood's three-point percentage led the ACC and his total made (2.6 per game) was second in the conference.
Terry Gannon Best Free-Throw Percentage Award
Scott Wood - His .907 percentage at the line this year is the best single-season mark in program history. He set the ACC record for consecutive free throws made with 66. That mark is also the fourth longest streak in NCAA history.
Kevin Thompson Field-Goal Percentage Award
C.J. Leslie - Recorded a career- and team-best .525 shooting percentage this season. Leslie hit a career-high nine shots in back-to-back games versus Virginia and UNC in the ACC Tournament. Also against the Cavaliers, Leslie posted a career-best .818 field-goal percentage.
Chris Corchiani Most Assists Award
Lorenzo Brown - His 234 assists this season ranks as the seventh best single season total in program history. Brown's 6.3 assists per game were the highest average by a Pack player since Corchiani doled out 9.6 in 1991. Brown's average was the second best in the ACC and 12th best nationally at year's end.
Everett Case Scholar Athlete Award
Kendall Smith - This marks the second time this season that Smith has been the recipient of the Everett Case Scholar Athlete Award. A biochemistry major, Smith owns a 3.55 grade point average and will graduate in May.
Sixth Man Award
DeShawn Painter - One of the first reserves called on by Coach Gottfried this season, Painter provided a spark off the bench. He recorded a career-high 231 points and grabbed a career-best 158 rebounds. He had a milestone outing against Morehead State with career-high 19 points, 12 rebounds and six field goals made. He also hit a career-best eight free throws on a career-high 10 attempts in a 78-73 win at Miami.
Nate McMillian Best Defender Award
Alex Johnson - In just one season in a Wolfpack uniform, Johnson proved to be one of the team's best defensive players. His willingness to take a charge, dive for a loose ball, get a steal or deflect a ball, helped to spark NC State on both ends of the court.
Norm Sloan Most Improved Award
C.J. Williams - A four-year letter winner, Williams embraced the opportunity to be a starter. In this role, he increased his scoring from 4.7 a year ago to 10.6 this season, an improvement of +5.9. He also shot a career-best .337 from three-point range and a career-high .808 from the charity stripe.
Jon Speaks/Julius Hodge Award
Richard Howell - As the recipient of this award, Howell is being honored for showing the attributes of former Wolfpack captains Jon Speaks and Julius Hodge. He proved to be the emotional leader whose poise, confidence and support for his teammates was integral to the success of the Pack this year.
Jim Valvano Coaches Award
C.J. Williams - In his four-year career, Williams showed the highest level of team loyalty, dedication to his school and an attitude and spirit that inspired his teammates to never give up.
David Thompson MVP Award
C.J. Leslie and Lorenzo Brown - This duo provided the Pack with a dynamic one-two punch. Leslie and Brown were State's leading scorers this season with Leslie averaging a team-high 14.7 points per game while Brown posted 12.7 points per contest. Each received All-ACC honors this season, with Leslie being named to the second team and Brown to the third team. For their performances in the ACC Tournament, Leslie was first team all-tourney honoree, while Brown was tabbed for the second team.
Also handed out on Tuesday were the yearly participant awards and Johnson, Williams and Smith were also honored by Gottfried with the presentation of senior gifts.