Brockman Collects Four Awards at UW Hoop Banquet
April 9, 2008
SEATTLE - Junior Jon Brockman collected four team awards, including his second straight KJR Radio Most Valuable Player trophy, at the annual Washington men's basketball banquet that was held Wednesday night in the Don James Center on the UW campus.
Brockman (Snohomish, Wash./Snohomish) was a first-team all-district selection and a second-team All Pac-10 pick. The 6-7 forward averaged 11.6 rebounds per game to lead all Pac-10 players for the second straight season. Brockman was also a repeat conference leader in double-doubles with 23.
He scored at a 17.8-point clip, topping the team and ranking No. 6 among Pac-10 players. Brockman was the league's 10th most accurate shooter with a team-leading 53.6-percent figure.
Along with the team's MVP honor, Brockman received the Tyee Sports Council Community Service award and shared the Coaches Award with freshman forward Darnell Gant (Los Angeles, Calif./Crenshaw), who sat out the season as a red-shirt. Brockman garnered the Harshman Trophy, recognizing the team's top rebounder, for the third consecutive year. Next season, he will try to become the first player in school history to lead UW rebounders four times.
Another multiple trophy-winner was sophomore forward Quincy Pondexter (Fresno, Calif./San Joaquin Memorial). He collected the Most Improved Player plaque and the Industrial Award, signifying the team's hardest worker.
Pondexter was third on the team with a 9.9-point scoring average and ranked second on the squad with 4.8 rebounds per game. He finished the season with a flourish, posting double-figure points in each of the last five games.
The team's top hustler was freshman forward Justin Holiday (Chatsworth, Calif./Campbell Hall), who was the recipient of the Wurster Award.
The Hec Edmundson Most Inspirational award was presented to junior guard Joel Smith (Lompoc, Calif./Lompoc) who returned this year after missing the entire 2006-07 campaign due to injury.
Junior center Artem Wallace (Toledo, Wash./Toledo) was recognized for the second year in a row with the John Meyers Award as the team's best defensive player.
A pair of point guards claimed the remaining team awards. Freshman Venoy Overton (Seattle, Wash./Franklin) received the Playmaker of the Year award and junior Justin Dentmon (Carbondale, Ill./Carbondale) was named the 101 Club Scholar-Athlete by virtue of his grade point average among the team leaders and his inspirational academic journey.
Washington completed the 2008 campaign with a 16-17 record, highlighted by a 71-61 win over Final Four qualifier UCLA on Feb. 10 in Seattle. The Huskies finished eighth in the Pac-10 standings with a 7-11 record.