April 21, 2012
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Providence College men's basketball Head Coach Ed Cooley announced the 2011-12 team awards on Saturday, April 21. The honors were given out at the team's annual end-of-year banquet at the Westin Hotel in Providence, R.I. Third Team All-BIG EAST player Vincent Council (Brooklyn, N.Y.) was named the Jimmy Walker Most Valuable Player. Other highlights included Ted Bancroft (Marion, Mass.) earning the John Zannini Coaches Award, Bryce Cotton (Tucson, Ariz.) earning the Ryan Gomes Most Improved Player Award and LaDontae Henton (Lansing, Mich.) being named the Coca-Cola Most Promising Prospect. Brice Kofane (Yaounde, Cameroon) took home the Marvin Barnes Defensive Player of the Year honors. Sophomore forward Lee Goldsbrough (Newcastle, England) earned the Lenny Wilkens Hustle Award. In addition, Mike Murray (Troy, N.Y.) received the Thomas Ramos Academic Award after posting the team's highest grade-point average.
Council had an outstanding offensive season. He became the 44th Friar to score 1,000 points when he hit a three pointer in the opening play of the Syracuse game on January 4. Council also earned All-BIG EAST Third Team honors and led the BIG EAST in assists for the second straight year (7.5 apg). His 7.5 assists per game average also ranked fourth in the nation. Council registered nine double-doubles this season while leading the Friars in scoring at 15.9 ppg. He played in a BIG EAST leading 38.7 minutes per games. Council had a conference-high 14 assists against Louisville on January 10 and again against Rutgers on February 1. With a career total 561 assists, he is 101 assists shy of tying the Providence College record of 662 career assists, set by Ernie DiGregorio in 1973.
Bancroft, a walk-on, appeared in nine games this season. He suffered a leg injury last season and he successfully battled back from this injury to help the team in 2012.
Cotton averaged 14.3 ppg (16th in the league) while playing 38.6 minutes per game (second in the league). He also ranked second in the league in free-throw percentage (.891). He shot 37.9 percent from behind the three-point arc (ninth in the league). As a freshman, Cotton averaged 4.0 ppg and shot 25.9 percent from three-point territory. He also shot 78.4 percent from the free-throw line as a rookie.
Henton was named to the BIG EAST All-Rookie Team after averaging 14.3 ppg and 8.6 rpg. He recorded nine double-doubles, which is the most by a PC freshman since Michael Smith had 12 in 1992. He had a career-high 33 points in the Friars' loss at USF on January 29 to set the team's all-time freshman scoring mark. Henton finished the 2011-12 season second amongst BIG EAST rookies in rebounding and ranked seventh overall. He was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll five times and earned consecutive BIG EAST Rookie of the Week Honors. Henton also became just the 16th true freshman to start his first game as a Friar.
Kofane played in 29 games and led the team in blocks with 42. He averaged 4.1 rebounds per game.
Goldsbrough started eight of the 23 games he played this season. He scored 18 points and grabbed 39 rebounds. In addition to the team awards, Glenn Pelt received the Duffy Dwyer Fan of the Year Award.
2011-12 Providence College Men's Basketball Awards: Jimmy Walker Most Valuable Player -Vincent Council. John Zannini Coaches Award - Ted Bancroft. Marvin Barnes Defensive Player of the Year - Brice Kofane. Ryan Gomes Most Improved Player - Bryce Cotton. Coca-Cola Most Promising Prospect - LaDontae Henton. Lenny Wilkens Hustle Award - Lee Goldsbrough. Thomas Ramos Academic Award - Mike Murray. -GO FRIARS-
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