April 25, 2009
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Providence College men's basketball Head Coach Keno Davis announced the annual team awards for the 2008-09 season on Saturday, April 25 at the team banquet at the Rhode Island Convention Center.
Senior guard Weyinmi Efejuku (Fresh Meadow, N.Y.) earned the team's Jimmy Walker Most Valuable Player Award. Efejuku finished his career with 1,500 points, the 12th most in the history of PC basketball. He had his best season as a senior, registering a team-high 15.7 points per game. In BIG EAST action, he averaged 16.4 ppg in 18 contests. He shot an impressive 41.4 percent (24-58) from behind the three-point line in league play. He truly excelled in the latter part of the year, averaging over 20 points per contest over the team's last 10 games to help lead the Friars into the postseason. Efejuku scored a career-best 31 points on March 21 against Notre Dame. On March 10, he earned USBWA All-District I honors and on March 8, he was named All-BIG EAST Honorable Mention. Efejuku participated in the prestigious Annual Portsmouth Invitational Tournament on April 8-11 in Portsmouth, Va.
Senior forward Geoff McDermott (New Rochelle, N.Y.) received the Marvin Barnes Defensive Player Award. He led the Friars in rebounding in 2008-09, averaging 8.5 rebounds per game (279 total). He also averaged 8.2 points per game in 2009. McDermott recorded 10 or more rebounds 46 times in his career, including 11 times during his senior season. He tied his career high with 17 boards versus Marquette on January 17. McDermott finished his career as one of the most well-rounded players in Friar basketball history. All-time at Providence, McDermott ranks 29th in points (1,122), fourth in rebounds (1,055), eighth in assists (478), fifth in steals (205), 10th in blocked shots (108), seventh in games played (122) and third in minutes (4,015). He is just the sixth player to register more than 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds at Providence and he is the only one of those six players to record more than 450 assists in a career. McDermott started every game of his career at Providence (122 games) and established the team's record for consecutive starts. He also participated in the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament.
Senior forward Jon Kale (Mattapan, Mass.) earned the Ryan Gomes
Most Improved Player Award. He had his best season in a Friar uniform as a senior, averaging 10.1 points and 6.0 rebounds per game in 2008-09. Kale recorded double-figure scoring totals in nine of the 12 non-conference games, 11 of the 18 BIG EAST games and had 11 points in the First Round NIT game on March 18 versus Miami. Kale was a key part of the win over No. 1 Pittsburgh on March 24, posting 13 points. He finished his career at Providence ranked eighth all-time in field goal percentage (270-504, .536) and 15th in offensive rebounds (201).
Senior center Randall Hanke earned the John Zaninni Coaches Award. Hanke, who averaged 8.0 points and 3.8 rebounds per game this season, ranked second in field goal percentage (.653) in the BIG EAST in 2008-09. He shot 65.3 percent from the floor (111-170) in 2009. For his career, Hanke shot an impressive 66.8 percent (450-674). His 66.8 percent average ranks first all-time at Providence College. He also ranks 29th all-time in scoring at PC with 1,064 points.
Senior guard Jeff Xavier (Pawtucket, R.I.) was named the recipient of the Lenny Wilkens Hustle Award. Xavier averaged 9.3 points per game this season and was tied with Sharaud Curry for a team-high 57 three pointers made. The Pawtucket native finished his career at Providence tied for 10th all-time with 133 three pointers made. For his career, he recorded 1,430 points (15th all-time at Providence).
Junior guard Sharaud Curry (Gainesville, Ga.) earned the Ernie D Team Leader Award. After missing almost all of last season with a foot injury, Curry ranked second on the team in scoring (11.7 points per game) and dished out a team-high 139 assists. Curry was a consistent player during BIG EAST action, posting at least 10 points in 16 of 18 league games. He finished tops in BIG EAST Conference play in free-throw shooting (87.3 percent) and three-point field goal percentage (45.1 percent). Through three seasons of action, he ranks 28th all-time in scoring at PC with 1,124 points.
Sophomore guard/forward Marshon Brooks (Stone Mountain, Ga.) and junior guard Brian McKenzie (Brooklyn, N.Y.) each received the team's Coca-Cola Most Promising Prospect Award. Brooks ranked third on the Friars in scoring (10.6 ppg). He scored 10 or more points in 15 games this season. Against Marquette on January 17, he posted a team-high 21 points. On November 20 against Sacred Heart, the 6-5 swingman poured in a career-high 30 points, including 24 in the first half. McKenzie averaged 4.6 points and 2.7 rebounds per game. He registered a season-high 13 points against Miami on March 18 in the NIT.
Junior center Ray Hall (Denver, Colo.) received the Thomas Ramos Academic Award for the top grade point average on the team. Hall, who did not play this season due to an injury, is a studio art major.
Providence College posted a 19-14 mark and a 10-8 record in BIG EAST play in 2008-09. The Friars finished tied for seventh in the BIG EAST. The Friars advanced to the NIT for the 18th time in the program's history.
2008-09 PROVIDENCE COLLLEGE MEN'S BASKETBALL AWARDS
Jimmy Walker Most Valuable Player Award - Weyinmi Efejuku
Marvin Barnes Defensive Player Award - Geoff McDermott
Ryan Gomes Most Improved Player Award - Jon Kale
John Zaninni Coaches Award - Randall Hanke
Lenny Wilkens Hustle Award - Jeff Xavier
Ernie D Team Leader Award - Sharaud Curry
Coca-Cola Most Promising Prospect Award - Marshon Brooks and Brian McKenzie
Thomas Ramos Academic Award - Ray Hall