PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Providence College men’s basketball Head Coach Ed Cooley announced the 2017-18 team awards on Saturday, April 14. The honors were given out at the team’s annual end-of-year banquet at the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence, R.I. Senior Kyron Carwright (Compton, Calif.) and senior Rodney Bullock (Hampton, Va.) were named the Jimmy Walker Most Valuable Players for the second consecutive season. Other highlights included junior Isaiah Jackson (Gainesville, Fla.) earning the John Zannini Coaches Award, and freshmen Nate Watson (Arlington, Va.) and Makai Ashton-Langford (Worcester, Mass.) being named the Coca-Cola Most Promising Prospects. Senior Jalen Lindsey (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) earned the Marvin Barnes Defensive Player of the Year honors. Sophomore Kalif Young (Vaughan, Ontario) earned the Lenny Wilkens Hustle Award. Sophomore Alpha Diallo (New York, N.Y.) was named the Ryan Gomes Most Improved Player. In addition, senior forward Tom Planek (Oak Park, Ill.) received the Thomas Ramos Academic Award after posting the team’s highest grade-point average.
Cartwright, who received All-BIG EAST Honorable Mention accolades, led the BIG EAST in assists in overall action (5.8 apg) and he led in conference play (5.8 apg.). In addition, he averaged 11.8 points per game and 2.9 rebounds. For the season, Cartwright had 196 assists in 35 games this season. He ranks third all-time at Providence with 646 career assists and is one of only three Friars all-time to register 600 or more assists. He finished his career with 1,100 points, which ranks 38th all-time at Providence. Bullock was named to the USBWA All-District I Team. It marked the second consecutive season that Bullock was named to the USBWA All-District 1 Team. Bullock led the team in scoring (14.3 ppg). He was second on the squad in rebounding (5.8 rpg). Bullock scored 20 or more points seven times in 2017-18, including a season-high 31 points versus Sacred Heart on December 22. Bullock ranks 21st all-time in scoring at Providence with 1,404 points.
Jackson, who played in all 35 games, ranked fifth on the team in scoring, averaging 7.4 points per game. He was fourth on the team in rebounding (4.2 rpg). Jackson also was third on the team in three-point field goal percentage at 36.0 percent, having made 27 of 75 attempts.
Watson, who earned BIG EAST All-Rookie Team honors, averaged 6.8 points per game. He shot a team best 59.5 percent from the field. Ashton-Langford averaged 4.2 points per game in his rookie campaign.
Lindsey was fourth on the team in scoring, averaging 8.8 points per game. He was fourth in rebounding with 3.6 boards per game. Lindsey led the team in three-point shooting, making a team best 73 threes on 185 attempts (39.5 percent). He finished his career ranked third all-time at Providence in three-point baskets with 217 on 585 attempts (37.1 percent).
Young played in all 35 games, making 25 starts. He averaged 4.3 points and 4.1 rebounds per game.
Diallo had a breakout season for the Friars. He was first on the team in rebounding (6.6 rpg) and second in scoring (13.2). As a freshman, he averaged 5.7 points and 3.2 rebounds per game. He was second on the team in field goal percentage at 46.6 percent this season.
Planek, a finance major, has a team best 3.8 gpa. He played in 13 games for the Friars.
The 2017-18 season proved to be another successful season for the Friars. The Friars finished the year with a 10-8 mark in league play and tied for third place in the conference standings. The squad reached the finals of the BIG EAST Tournament where it was defeated in overtime by eventual NCAA Champion Villanova. The Friars also posted a 21-14 record overall and earned an at-large berth to the squad’s fifth consecutive NCAA Tournament. It marked the first time ever the Friars had advanced to five straight NCAA Tournaments. The Friars also have registered five consecutive seasons with 20 or more wins for the first time since 1975-78.
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