Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Nelson, Lee and Honeycutt are tri-MVPs
By Peter Yoon
Malcolm Lee, Tyler Honeycutt and Reeves Nelson shared the Coach John Wooden Award as UCLA's most valuable basketball player, coach Ben Howland announced at the team banquet Tuesday night.
Nelson, a sophomore forward who is the only one of the three returning next season, led the team in scoring with 13.9 points per game and in rebounding with 9.1 per game. He also took home the team’s Gerald A. Finerman Award for team rebounding leader.
Lee, a junior guard who announced Tuesday that he is leaving UCLA and entering the NBA draft, was second on the team in scoring at 13.1 points per game and also won the team’s Irv Pohlmeyer Memorial Award for outstanding defensive player for the second consecutive season.
Honeycutt, a sophomore forward who also will enter the NBA draft, was third on the team in scoring at 12.8 points per game second in rebounding at 7.2 per game. He also led the team and the Pac-10 in blocked shots with 68 total and second on the team in assists with 2.8 per game.
All three earned first-team All Pac-10 honors and Lee was named to the Pac-10 all-defensive team.
Junior guard Lazeric Jones took home three team awards: The Bob "Ace" Calkins Memorial Award for free throw shooting (81.0 percent); The UCLA Alumni Association Award for assists (3.6 per game); and the Bruin Hoopsters J.D. Morgan Memorial Award for outstanding team play.
Junior guard Jerime Anderson was a two-time award winner, garnering the Elvin C. "Ducky" Drake Memorial Award for competitive spirit, inspiration and unselfish contributions and the Bruin Bench Basketball Award for most improvement in all-around play and mental attitude.
Center Joshua Smith won the Seymour Armond Memorial Award as Most Valuable Freshman. He was fourth on the team in scoring with 10.9 points per game and third in rebounding at 6.3 per game.
Junior guard Tyler Trapani and sophomore forward Brendan Lane were named co-winners of the UCLA Faculty Athletic Representative Award for academic achievement and team contribution.