Marvelous Marquis Honored For Big Senior Season

Auburn, Ala.--All-SEC selection Marquis Daniels, who was magnificent in his team's run into the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16, was honored Monday night as the Most Valuable Player of the Auburn basketball team.

It was a third straight time the forward won the award as he led the Tigers to a 22-12 record. Daniels is one of the most versatile performers in AU basketball history. He started games at both guard positions, small forward and power forward and was a major contributor for four seasons.

Daniels averaged 18.4 points, 6.2 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 2.3 steals last season. Daniels ranked first in the Southeastern Conference in steals, he was second in points, fifth in field goal shooting at 51.3 percent, he was 10th in assists and 12th in rebounding. Daniels finished ninth on Auburn's career scoring chart with 1,530 points and was a 2003 NCAA Tournament All-East Regional selection.

Daniels is expected to be selected in the NBA draft.

Daniels was received the Paul Lambert/Tommy Joe Eagles Memorial Trophy for Leadership. Daniels received the Academic Achievement Award as he will graduate in May after earning his sociology degree in three-and-a-half years. He was named to the SEC Good Works Team Player of the Week Jan. 13-19.

Marquis Daniels had plenty of reason to smile as he took home so many awards he needed help to carry them all. Daniels is shown talking to an Auburn fan at the ceremony on Monday night at Saugahatchee Country Club.

Senior Derrick Bird was named the Outstanding Defensive Player for the second straight season. Bird often defended the opposition's top scorer and held All-American Carmelo Anthony of Syracuse scoreless in the first half. He held National Player of the Year Josh Howard of Wake Forest to 14 points, six below his average, and forced him into a game-high seven turnovers. Howard did not score a field goal in the final 11:16. Bird averaged 9.8 points per game and made a team-high 56 three-pointers.

Sophomore Marco Killingsworth was named the Outstanding Offensive Player for 2002-2003 after averaging 13.3 points and 6.4 rebounds while leading the SEC shooting 55 percent from the field. The forward from Montgomery ranked 10th in the SEC in rebounding and 14th in scoring.

Junior Kyle Davis took home the Outstanding Rebounding Award for the second consecutive year, averaging 5.9 per game. The Auburn center led the SEC for the third straight year and ranked fifth in the nation with 3.7 blocks per game while also averaging 6.3 points.

Lewis Monroe played a key role for the Tigers this season.

Sophomore point guard Lewis Monroe won the Hustle/Playmaker Award for the second consecutive season. He averaged 6.2 points, 3.3 assists and 2.4 rebounds. Monroe committed only four turnovers in 113 minutes of NCAA Tournament play and his play was a key to Auburn's postseason success.

The Sixth-Man Award was shared by sophomore forward Brandon Robinson and sophomore guard Nathan Watson.

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