SMU men's basketball celebrates best season in eight years at 2010-2011 awards banquet
Published: Sunday, April 17, 2011
Updated: Tuesday, November 20, 2012 17:11
The SMU mens basketball team finished its season 20-15, its first time to get 20 wins since the 1999-2000 season. The Mustangs also made it to the CollegeInsider.com tournament semifinals. They had their most wins in C-USA with eight, and led the league in field goal, free throw and 3-point percentages.
Their awards banquet was held at the Doubletree Campbell Center last Thursday.
At the banquet Papa Dia received five awards including MVP, Screener, Blocks/Deflections, Rebounds, and Charges. He was selected to the 2011 CIT All-Tournament Team and named Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year.
Junior Robert Nyakundi was named Most Improved Player.
Ryan Harp recieved the Coaches' Award for his final season as a Mustang and Mangrum earned the Hustle Award as well as the C-USA academic medal in his only season at SMU.
Mike Walker got the Defensive Award and freshman Jeremiah Samarrippas was given two awards including the Best Assist to Turnover Ratio as well as Good Plays.
Aliaksei Patsevich earned the team's Academic Award and was also named to the Conference USA Commisioner's Honor Roll.
Head Coach Matt Doherty along with the six speakers also spoke at the event about the season.