April 14, 2009
SEATTLE - The University of Washington men's basketball program honored one of its most successful players ever, celebrated one of the most accomplished teams in school history and handed out several individual honors Tuesday night at its annual awards banquet held on the floor of Bank of America Arena at Hec Edmundson Pavilion.
Senior forward Jon Brockman became the first Husky since Eldridge Recasner (1988-90) to earn three-straight 950 KJR Most Valuable Player honors and is the first Washington player ever to receive the Marv Harshman Trophy as the team's top rebounder four-straight times. He also earned the team's Tyee Sports Council Community Service Award.
Senior Justin Dentmon was honored as the recipient of the Hec Edmundson Most Inspirational Award and, along with junior Quincy Pondexter, shared the Most Improved Player award. Pondexter was awarded the team's Industrial Award, given to the program's hardest working player.
Sophomore guard Venoy Overton also earned multiple awards, taking home the John Meyers Defensive Player of the Year Award as well as the Wurster Award as the team's top hustler. Freshman Isaiah Thomas was honored with the team's Playmaker Award, while redshirt freshman Darnell Gant was selected as the recipient of the Coaches Award that is given to the player with the best attitude.
Senior Artem Wallace, a Russian Language and Literature major, received the 101 Club Scholar-Athlete Award.
A native of Snohomish, Wash., Brockman recently led the Pacific-10 Conference in rebounding for the third-straight year and ended his career as Washington's all-time leader in that category. He was honored as the recipient of the 2009 Chip Hilton Award, given to the nation's top player who also demonstrated outstanding character, leadership and talent. A first-team all-Pac-10 honoree, Brockman also concludes his career at Washington as the program's second-leading career scorer.
"The awards Jon received tonight are a reflection of all the things he has done for this program," said UW head coach Lorenzo Romar. "What he has done here at Washington goes well beyond just rebounding and scoring. It goes much deeper and, for that, he will have a lasting legacy of excellence as a Husky."
Washington concluded the 2008-09 season with a league-best 26-9 overall record, a 14-4 mark and first-place standing in the Pac-10 regular-season and the program's fourth NCAA Tournament berth in the last six seasons. The Huskies earned the program's first-ever Pac-10 regular-season title and the UW's first conference title since 1953 (Pacific Coast Conference / PCC). Romar was named the league's Coach of the Year, while Brockman and Dentmon earned first-team all-league honors. Dentmon was also named the conference's Most Improved Player, while Thomas earned Freshman of the Year and second-team all-league honors.
2008 Washington Men's Basketball Team Awards
950 KJR Most Valuable Player -- Jon Brockman
Hec Edmundson Most Inspirational - Justin Dentmon
Marv Harshman Trophy (top rebounder) -- Jon Brockman
Wurster Award (top hustler) - Venoy Overton
Tyee Sports Council Community Service -- Jon Brockman
John Meyers Defensive Player - Venoy Overton
Most Improved Player -- Quincy Pondexter & Justin Dentmon
Playmaker of the Year - Isaiah Thomas
Industrial Award -- Quincy Pondexter
101 Club Scholar-Athlete - Artem Wallace
Coaches Award - Darnell Gant