PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Providence College men’s basketball Head Coach Ed Cooley announced the 2016-17 team awards on Saturday, April 8. The honors were given out at the team’s annual end-of-year banquet at the Omni Hotel in Providence, R.I. All-BIG EAST Second Team honorees junior Kyron Carwright (Compton, Calif.) and junior Rodney Bullock (Hampton, Va.) were named the Jimmy Walker Most Valuable Players. Other highlights included senior Casey Woodring (Darien, Conn.) earning the John Zannini Coaches Award, and freshmen Kalif Young (Vaughan, Ontario) and Maliek White being named the Coca-Cola Most Promising Prospects. Freshman Alpha Diallo (New York, N.Y.) earned the Marvin Barnes Defensive Player of the Year honors. Sophomore Isaiah Jackson (Gainesville, Fla.) received the Unsung Hero Award. Junior Emmitt Holt (Webster, N.Y.) earned the Lenny Wilkens Hustle Award. Junior Jalen Lindsey (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) was named the Ryan Gomes Most Improved Player. In addition, sophomore forward Tom Planek (Oak Park, Ill.) received the Thomas Ramos Academic Award after posting the team’s highest grade-point average.
In addition to earning All-BIG EAST Second Team honors, Cartwright and Bullock also were named to the USBWA District 1 Team. Cartwright, who was the USBWA District 1 Player of the Year and BIG EAST Most Improved Player, led the BIG EAST in assists in overall action (6.7 apg) and he led in conference play (6.2 apg.). He also ranked fourth in the nation in assists per game. In addition, he averaged 11.4 points per game and 3.5 rebounds. For the season, Cartwright had 222 assists in 33 games this season. He is just the 12th players in the history of Friar basketball to register 200 or more assists in a season. He registered 10 or more assists five times this season, including 12 assists twice. Bullock led the team in scoring (15.7 ppg). He also led the squad in rebounding (6.4 rpg). Bullock ranked 10th in the league in scoring and third in rebounding. He was named BIG EAST Player of the Week once (Dec. 5) and was named to the league’s Honor Roll six times. Bullock recorded a team-best five double-doubles this season. He scored 20 or more points nine times this season, including a career-high 36 points in a win versus New Hampshire on November 30.
Woodring is the first Friar to be on four NCAA Tournament teams. He ranks fourth all-time at Providence College with 89 wins. As a walk-on with the Friars, he played in 24 games over four seasons.
Young played in all 33 games, making five starts. He averaged 3.2 points and 3.2 assists per game. White also played in all 33 games. He averaged 2.5 points and registered 44 assists.
Diallo was fifth on the team in scoring, averaging 5.7 points per game. He also averaged 3.2 rebounds per game. He started 16 of the team’s 33 games.
Jackson averaged 5.6 points and 2.4 rebounds per game. He started 11 of the team’s 33 games. He recorded a team-best 18 points in the Friars’ win at St. John’s on March 4.
Holt was second on the team in scoring (12.5 ppg) and rebounding (5.4 rpg). He registered four double-doubles on the season. Holt shot a team best 52.3 percent from the field for the season.
Lindsey was one of the top three-point shooters in the BIG EAST. For the season, he shot 46 percent (74-161) from behind the arc, which ranked third in the BIG EAST. He was fourth on the team in scoring (10.7 ppg) and third in rebounding (4.3 rpg).
Planek, a finance major, has a team best 3.74 gpa. He played in seven games for the Friars.
In addition to the team awards, Ruthanne Blessing received the Duffy Dwyer Fan of the Year Award and Pat Mee was named the Donor of the Year.
The 2016-17 season proved to be another successful season for the Friars. The team was picked ninth in the Preseason BIG EAST Coaches’ Poll after losing stars Kris Dunn and Ben Bentil to the NBA Draft. However, the Friars finished the year with a 10-8 mark in league play and in third place in the conference standings. To achieve that mark, the team overcame a 4-8 record in early February and won its final six BIG EAST Conference games to earn the third place finish. The Friars also posted a 20-13 record overall and earned an at-large berth to the squad’s fourth consecutive NCAA Tournament. It marked the first time ever the Friars had advanced to four straight NCAA Tournaments. The Friars also registered four consecutive seasons with 20 or more wins for the first time since 1975-78.
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