PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Providence College men's basketball Head Coach Ed Cooley announced the 2015-16 team awards on Saturday, April 9. The honors were given out at the team's annual end-of-year banquet at the Omni Hotel in Providence, R.I. Consensus All-American junior Kris Dunn (New London, Conn.) and Associated Press Honorable Mention All-American sophomore Ben Bentil (Wilmington, Del.) were named the Jimmy Walker Most Valuable Players. Other highlights included sophomore Kyron Cartwright (Compton, Calif.) earning the John Zannini Coaches Award, and sophomore Rodney Bullock (Hampton, Va.) being named the Coca-Cola Most Promising Prospect Award. Dunn earned the Marvin Barnes Defensive Player of the Year honors. Junior Junior Lomomba (Montreal, Quebec) received the Unsung Hero Award. Freshman guard Drew Edwards (Perry Hall, Md.) earned the Lenny Wilkens Hustle Award. In addition, sophomore forward Tom Planek (Oak Park, Ill.) received the Thomas Ramos Academic Award after posting the team's highest grade-point average.
Since the conclusion of the regular season, Dunn has been named First Team All-BIG EAST, BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year and BIG EAST Player of the Year. Other honors he has earned are NCAA Consensus Second Team All-American, NABC Second Team All-American, John R. Wooden Award All-American, USBWA Second Team All-American, Sports Illustrated Second Team All-American, Sporting News Second Team All-American, CBS Sports.com Second Team All-American, ESPN.com Third Team All-American, USA Today Third Team All-American, USWBA District 1 Player of the Year and NABC Division I First Team All-District 5. Dunn, who is a two-time BIG EAST Player of the Year and two-time BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year, joined Georgetown's Patrick Ewing `85 as the only players in the history of the league to earn Player of the Year twice and Defensive Player of the Year twice. Dunn also is just the sixth player in the 37-year history of the BIG EAST to be named Player of the Year two times. Dunn is the only guard in the history of the league to earn Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year in the same season. In addition to leading the league in steals and ranking fifth in the nation (2.5), Dunn ranked second in the BIG EAST in assists (6.2) and fourth in scoring (16.4). Dunn registered seven double-doubles and one triple-double. Dunn became the first Friar ever to register 1,000 points, 500 assists, 400 rebounds and 200 steals. In 95 career games, Dunn recorded 1,214 points (12.8 ppg), 552 assists (5.8 apg), 486 rebounds (5.1 rpg) and 208 steals (2.2 spg).
In addition to earning Associated Press Honorable Mention All-America accolades, Bentil, a 6-9 forward, had a breakout season for the Friars. He was named BIG EAST Most Improved Player and First Team All-BIG EAST after he led the BIG EAST in scoring (21.1) and finished fourth in the league in rebounding (7.7 rpg). Bentil scored 20 or more points in 21 of the team's 35 games, including a season-high 42 points at Marquette. His 42-point effort versus Marquette is the most points ever scored by a Providence sophomore in a game. His 738 points scored for the season ranks as the sixth highest single-season total ever at Providence and most ever scored by a Friar sophomore.
Cartwright led the BIG EAST in assist-to-turnover margin at 2.8. He also was second on the team and ninth in the league in assists (4.0 apg). He played in all 35 games and was fifth on the team in scoring (5.9 ppg).
Bullock started all 35 games this season. He was third on the team in scoring (11.4 ppg) and second in rebounding (6.8 rpg). He recorded eight double-doubles, including a season-best 25-point, 10-rebound effort at Butler on December 31.
Lomomba, who served as a team captain, started all 35 games. He averaged 5.3 points and 2.5 rebounds. He was third on the team in assists with 68.
Edwards played in 33 of the team's 35 games this season. He averaged 2.4 points per game. He scored a season-best 17 points versus Bryant on December 12.
Planek, a finance major, has the top GPA on the squad for the second consecutive season. He played in 14 games for the Friars, scoring six points.
In addition to the team awards, the Lyons family received the Duffy Dwyer Fan of the Year Award and Al Puerini was named the Donor of the Year.
The Friars posted a 24-11 mark and a 10-8 record in BIG EAST play. The team earned its third consecutive NCAA Tournament bid this season. The Friars posted a 1-1 mark in the NCAA's where it defeated Southern California (70-69) before losing to No. 1 seed North Carolina (85-66).
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