April 10, 2010
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Providence College men's basketball Head Coach Keno Davis announced the annual team awards for the 2009-10 season on Saturday, April 10 at the team banquet at the Westin Hotel in Providence, R.I.
Senior guard Sharaud Curry (Gainesville, Ga.) and sophomore forward Jamine Peterson (Brooklyn, N.Y.) shared the team's Jimmy Walker Most Valuable Player Award. Peterson also received the Ryan Gomes Most Improved Player Award.
Curry had his top season as a Friar in 2009-10. The senior guard finished second on the team in scoring (15.5 ppg) and led the Friars in free-throw shooting, recording a team best 87.7 percent mark from the line. More impressively, he will graduate as the Friars' all-time leader in free-throw percentage at 87.4 percent. Curry is the only player in PC history to lead the team in free-throw shooting in each of his four seasons. He also leaves Smith Hill ranked 10th all-time in scoring at PC, after registering 1,606 points in 119 games. He is one of only 13 players to score more than 1,500 points all-time at Providence. Curry also ranks second all-time at Providence in three-point field goals made with 207. Curry's numbers this season were better in league play for the second consecutive year as he averaged 17.3 points and shot an impressive 41.7 percent (40-96) from three-point territory. He also led the BIG EAST in free-throw percentage at 87.6 percent in 18 league games.
Peterson earned the United States Basketball Writers Association District I Player of the Year award, was named to the USBWA All-District Team, received All-BIG EAST Honorable Mention accolades and was garnered Rhode Island Basketball Writers Player of the Year honors for his efforts during the 2009-10 campaign. Peterson, who was the first Friar since Michael Smith in 1994 to average a double-double, led the Friars in 2009-10 with 19.6 points and 10.2 rebounds per game. He ranked fourth in the BIG EAST in scoring and second overall in rebounding. His 4.35 offensive rebounds per game was tops in the league. Peterson posted at least 10 points in 27-of-31 games and 10 or more rebounds in 16 contests. The 6-6 forward also led the Friars with 17 20-point performances and eight 25-point games in 2009-10. His 17 20-point efforts were the most by a Friar since Ryan Gomes reached the mark 20 times in 2004-05. Peterson's BIG EAST-leading 16 double-doubles were the third most by a Friar since 1990 and the most since Ryan Gomes recorded 17 in 2002-03. The Brooklyn, N.Y. native was one of only three players in the nation this season to record at least 20 rebounds in two games on the year. With his 29-point, 20-rebound performance against Rutgers on January 9, Peterson became the seventh Friar, and 12th player in BIG EAST history, to post 20 points and 20 rebounds in a game.
Senior guard Brian McKenzie
(Brooklyn, N.Y.) received the Marvin Barnes
Defensive Player Award. He averaged 5.8 points and 3.8 rebounds as a senior and posted at least six rebounds in eight games. McKenzie consistently matched up against opponents' top offensive players in 2009-10 and served as the Friars' defensive leader. In four seasons at Providence, Brian averaged 6.3 points and 3.0 rebounds and started 67 games.
Freshman forward Kadeem Batts (Powder Springs, Ga.) earned the John Zannini Coaches' Award. Although Batts did not appear in a game this season, he frequently garnered praise from the Friar coaching staff for his hard work and development as a student-athlete over the course of the year.
Senior forward/center Ray Hall (Denver, Colo.) earned the Ernie D Team Leader Award. Hall overcame a significant injury to play for the Friars in 2009-10. During the summer between his sophomore and junior seasons, Ray was diagnosed with a leg injury that was believed to be career ending. Ray refused to accept that his career at Providence College was over. He stayed with the team his junior year supporting them from the sidelines. In the summer of 2009, Ray had surgery in Colorado to correct his injury. He then returned to Providence College for his senior season and began the process of rehabilitation so that he would be able to contribute to the team in his final year and he did. Hall saw action in 11 games, scoring 13 points and grabbing 12 rebounds this season.
Freshman guard Vincent Council (Brooklyn, N.Y.) was named the Coca-Cola Promising Prospect. Council earned BIG EAST All-Rookie Team honors in 2009-10 after placing second amongst BIG EAST freshmen with 10.3 points per game. In conference play, Council ranked first amongst rookies with 5.3 assists and 1.4 steals per contest. His 5.3 assists per game was over 2.3 more than the second-leading freshman and also third best amongst all BIG EAST players. With his seven-assist performance against Marquette on February 6, Council became the first Providence freshman since Donnie McGrath in 2002-03 to post at least 100 assists in a season. His 141 assists in 2009-10 ranked first on the Friars and was ninth most in the BIG EAST. On the season, the 6-2 guard recorded at least four assists in 16-of-18 BIG EAST contests this season and at least six assists in nine league games. Council recorded a career-best nine assists to go along with his 16 points at No. 3/4 Syracuse on February 2 and posted a personal-best 25 points in the Friars' regular season finale against Seton Hall on March 6. Council earned BIG EAST Rookie of the Week on January 18 after posting 24 points at Marquette on January 17.
Senior guard Luke Burchett (Western Springs, Ill.) received the Thomas Ramos Academic Award for the top grade point average on the team. Burchett, who did not see action this season due to injury, is a psychology major.
Providence College posted a 12-19 mark and a 4-14 record in BIG EAST play in 2009-10.
2009-10 PROVIDENCE COLLLEGE MEN'S BASKETBALL AWARDS Jimmy Walker Most Valuable Player Award - Sharaud Curry, Jamine Peterson, Marvin Barnes Defensive Player Award - Brian McKenzie, Ryan Gomes Most Improved Player Award - Jamine Peterson, John Zannini Coaches' Award - Kadeem Batts, Ernie D Team Leader Award - Ray Hall, Coca-Cola Most Promising Prospect Award - Vincent Council, Thomas Ramos Academic Award - Ray Hall