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Men's Basketball Announces Team Awards at Its Annual Banquet
Senior guard Monty Mack was named the 2000-2001 Most Valuable Player.
From UMass Athletics, 4/9/2001

UMass senior guard Monty Mack (Boston, Mass.) was selected as the team's George "Trigger" Burke Most Valuable Player for the second consecutive season.

Mack, who finished his career as the second-leading scorer in UMass history with 2,183 points, earned first-team All-Atlantic 10 Conference honors and was named to the Atlantic 10 All-Tournament team. Mack also received the team's Julius Erving Scoring Award after leading the Minutemen in scoring for the third-straight season with an average of 19.5 ppg, and the Jim Laughnane Free Throw Award for his team-leading 78.1 percent mark from the foul line.

Senior center Kitwana Rhymer (St. Thomas, Virgin Islands) earned UMass' Mark Donoghue Most Productive Player Award and the Jack Leaman Defensive Award. He was UMass' second-leading scorer at 9.9 ppg, and led the squad in rebounding (7.3 rpg) and blocked shots (63).

Sophomore forward Micah Brand (Middletown, N.Y.) and junior forward Ronell Blizzard (Waterbury, Conn.) shared the Jim McCoy Most Improved Player award. Brand, who also received the A-10's Most Improved Player honor along with Rhymer, averaged 8.4 ppg and 4.7 rpg, while Blizzard contributed 1.6 ppg and a like number of rebounds.

Other awards were given to junior guard Shannon Crooks (Everett, Mass.) as the team's Derrick Claiborne Mr. Hustle Award winner, freshman forward Willie Jenkins (Memphis, Tenn.) as the Skip Connors Academic honor, the Rafer Giles Sixth Man to junior forward Jackie Rogers (Syracuse, N.Y.), freshman guard Dwayne Killings (Amherst, Mass.) as the John Murphy Inspirational winner, Eric Williams (Bronx, N.Y.) earned the Lou Roe Rebounding honor and Jonathan DePina (Boston, Mass.) took home the Rick Pitino Most Assists Award. Jameel Pugh (Sacramento, Calif.) and Winston Smith (Summit, N.J.) shared the team's Alex Eldridge Coaches Appreciation Award.

The Minutemen finished the 2000-01 season 15-15 overall, 11-5 in the Atlantic 10 (fourth place) and advanced to the title game of the Verizon Atlantic 10 Championship for the first time since 1996.


UMass Post-Season Banquet
at The Log Cabin Banquet & Meeting House, April 8, 2001
Pictures 2001 UMassHoops.com

Here are some pictures from the event, Bruiser's last with the Minutemen. It was a little dark in the room and thus some pictures are a little fuzzy.

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