April 18, 2011
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Providence College men's basketball team announced its 2010-11 team awards on Monday, April 18. The honors were conferred at the team's annual end-of-year banquet at the Biltmore Hotel in Providence, R.I.
All-American Marshon Brooks (Stone Mountain, Ga.) was named the Jimmy Walker Most Valuable Player. Other highlights included Kadeem Batts (Powder Springs, Ga.) earning the John Zannini Coaches Award, Vincent Council (Brooklyn, N.Y.) earning the Ryan Gomes Most Improved Player Award and Gerard Coleman (Boston, Mass.) being named the Coca-Cola Most Promising Prospect.
Brooks had one of the greatest offensive seasons in the history of the league. Brooks broke the BIG EAST single-game scoring mark when he recorded 52 points on 20-28 shooting against No. 9 Notre Dame on February 23. His 20 field goals against No. 9 Notre Dame set a BIG EAST record for the most field goals in a game. He also established the BIG EAST single-season scoring mark with 468 points in 18 league games. Brooks set these records while leading the league in scoring in overall action (24.6 ppg) and in league action (26.0 ppg). He averaged 26.0 ppg in 18 league games, which is the fifth highest single-season average in 32 years of BIG EAST play.
For his efforts, Brooks has seen the post-season awards roll in. The biggest national honor came on March 28 when he was named a third team All-American by the Associated Press. Brooks was named an ECAC All-Star on March 29. On March 14, he was listed as one of the 20 finalists for the John R. Wooden Award. On March 10, he was named to the USBWA District I All-District Team. On March 9, he was named to the NABC Division I All-District 5 First Team. On March 7, he was named a FOXsports.com Fourth Team All-American, a day after being named First Team All-BIG EAST. On March 25, Brooks was one of 20 players named to the 2011 Lute Olson All-America Team. On March 28, he was named Rhode Island Basketball Writers Division I Player of the Year.
Batts completed the season fourth on the team in scoring (7.1 ppg) and third in rebounding (5.8 rpg). He also earned the John Zaninni Coaches Award in 2009-10, as he redshirted during that campaign. Batts registered a career-high 19 points and 11 rebounds at USF on January 16, while also recording a double-double against Cincinnati on February 19, with 17 points and 11 rebounds.
Council finished the 2010-11 season second on the team in scoring, with 13.7 ppg. He averaged 5.9 assists on the season, which led the BIG EAST Conference. Council was on the BIG EAST All-Rookie team in 2009-10 after averaging 10.3 points per game. He upped his scoring by 3.4 points per game this season. Council tied the Providence record for assists in a game when he dished out 16 assists against Brown on December 6. Council registered at least five assists in 22 of the 32 games this season.
Coleman was named the Coca-Cola Most Promising Prospect. He became the first true freshman to start a season opener since Geoff McDermott in 2005-06. His 17 points against Dartmouth in the opening game were also the most for a PC freshman in an opener in program history. Coleman was twice named BIG EAST Rookie of the Week (November 29 and January 24) and finished the season averaging 10.3 points, third on the team
Ray Hall (Denver, Colo.) was named the Ernie D. Team Leader. Hall completed his fifth year with the program averaging 1.1 points and 2.2 rebounds in 27 games. Duke Mondy (Grand Rapids, Mich.) took home the Marvin Barnes Defensive Player of the Year honors, after leading the BIG EAST in steals per game (2.1). Freshman guard Bryce Cotton (Tucson, Ariz.) earned the Lenny Wilkens Hustle Award. Cotton averaged 4.0 points and 1.5 rebounds off the bench this season. In addition, Chris Carter (Worcester, Mass.) took home the Thomas Ramos Academic Award after posting the team's highest grade-point average.
In addition to the team awards, Kerry Rafanelli '80 received the Duffy Dwyer Fan of the Year Award. Rafanelli was a classmate of College President Rev. Brian J. Shanley, O.P., and is an attorney in East Greenwich, R.I. The program also acknowledged the contributions of senior office assistant Diana Ricci and second-year graduate assistant Mike Swets.
The Friars finished the 2010-11 campaign 15-17. They went 4-14 in BIG EAST play and finished in 14th place.
2010-11 Providence College Men's Basketball Awards Jimmy Walker
Most Valuable Player - Marshon Brooks
John Zaninni Coaches Award - Kadeem Batts
Ernie D. Team Leader Award - Ray Hall Marvin Barnes
Defensive Player of the Year - Duke Mondy Ryan Gomes
Most Improves Player - Vincent Council
Coca-Cola Most Promising Prospect - Gerard Coleman Lenny Wilkens
Hustle Award - Bryce Cotton
Thomas Ramos Academic Award - Chris Carter