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Senior Deon Luton Wins MVP Award at Men's Basketball Banquet
Release: 04/06/2000
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April 6, 2000

SEATTLE - Senior standout Deon Luton was named the KOMO Most Valuable Player, headlining the awards presentation Thursday evening during the annual Husky men's basketball banquet at the Don James Center on the University of Washington campus.

Luton (Del City, Okla.) posted a team-leading 15.1-point scoring average and was an honorable mention selection on the All-Pacific-10 Conference team. He completed his career ranked eighth among all-time Husky scorers with 1,488 points.

The 6-foot-5 guard completed his collegiate career as Washington's all-time leader in every 3-point scoring category. He amassed 212 career 3-pointers, registered a single-season record 75 treys in 1998 and hit a single-game high seven shots from beyond the arc at USC on Jan. 29, 1998.

The Harshman Trophy, honoring the team's top rebounder, was presented by former UW head coach Marv Harshman (1972-85) for whom the award is named. Junior forward Will Perkins (Omaha, Neb.) received that honor after recording a team-high 5.9 rebounds per game.

For an unprecedented third consecutive year junior guard Bryan Brown was named the Hec Edmundson Award winner as the team's most inspirational player. Brown is a graduate of Mercer Island (Wash.) High School.

The only other repeat winner was junior forward Greg Clark (La Mesa, Calif.) who garnered the John Meyers Award as the Huskies' best defender for the second straight season.

Junior forward Thalo Green won the Wurster Award as the Huskies' top hustler and sophomore center Marlon Shelton (Rochester, Mich.) received the KING Most Improved Player Award.

Sophomore guard Travis Duty, a product of Seattle's O'Dea High School, was the recipient of the Brandon West Walk-on of the Year Award.

Washington registered a 10-20 record in 1999-2000 against a schedule that was rated the nation's fourth most difficult. The Huskies played 11 games against teams that participated in the NCAA Tournament. The UW finished eighth in the Pac-10 with a 5-13 conference record.

The Huskies played all of their home games at KeyArena while Hec Edmundson Pavilion was being renovated. Washington returns to its on-campus venue for the 2000-01 season, playing at the 10,000-seat Bank of America Arena.

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