Three Cyclones Share MVP Honors

AMES, Iowa--Iowa State seniors Jake Sullivan and Jackson Vroman and freshman Curtis Stinson were tri-recipients of the Ralph A. Olsen Most Valuable Player Award at the 2003-04 Iowa State men's basketball banquet.

Sullivan ended his career at Iowa State as one the greatest shooters in school history. The Oakdale, Minn., native is ISU's career record holder in 3-pointers made (270), free-throw percentage (89.6) and ranks No. 7 on the ISU career scoring list with 1,810 points. Sullivan, who was an honorable mention all-Big 12 pick after averaging 14.6 ppg and drilling 82 treys in 2003-04, ranks as one of the greatest free-throw shooters in NCAA history. The Big 12 career leader in free-throw accuracy is No. 7 on the NCAA career free-throw shooting charts, making 354-of-395 of his foul shots in his four-year career. The sharpshooter ranked third nationally in free-throw shooting this season, hitting 93.3 percent (83-89) of his foul shots, a clip that tops the ISU and Big 12 single-season lists.

Vroman proved to be one of the best post players in the Big 12 in his final season with the Cyclones, earning third-team all-Big 12 honors. The Bountiful, Utah, native, averaged 13.9 ppg and led the rugged Big 12 Conference in rebounding with a 9.6 rpg average. He is the first Cyclone to lead the league on the boards since 1980. Vroman, who ranked 24th nationally in rebounding, was among the top five in the Big 12 in two other categories. The power forward was fourth in the conference and 29th nationally in field goal percentage (56.4 percent) and third in double-doubles (10). He ended his career ranked second in ISU's career records with a field goal percentage of 55.8.

Stinson posted arguably the greatest freshman season in Big 12 history. The Big 12 Freshman of the Year, third-team all-Big 12 selection and USBWA all-District 6 pick led ISU in scoring (16.2 ppg) and broke the Big 12 record for most points scored by a rookie with 534. Stinson, who ranked fifth in the conference in scoring, led ISU and ranked among the league's top five in assists (143) and steals (55). His freshman assist and steal totals are the second-best rookie numbers in ISU history. The Bronx, N.Y., native tied the ISU record for most points scored in a game by a rookie when he poured in 32 points vs. Rutgers in the NIT semifinals. He was named a first-team Freshman All-American by Basketball Times.

Junior Jared Homan won the Most Improved and Outstanding Defensive Awards. The Remsen, Iowa, native was named to the Big 12 all-improved team after averaging 11.1 ppg and 6.3 rpg. Homan continued to be one of the best shot-blockers in the Big 12, ranking second in the conference and 21st nationally with 2.28 blocks per game. Homan's 73 blocks on the year is the second-best single-season total in school history.

Senior Marcus Jefferson, a native of East Chicago, Ind., won the Sixth Man Award. Jefferson averaged 5.9 ppg and 3.6 rpg, giving ISU a spark from off the bench. Jefferson averaged 11.6 ppg in his last three games played in Hilton Coliseum

Sophomore John Neal was named the Brian Pearson Inspiration Award winner for the second consecutive season. Neal, a walk-on from Winterset, Iowa, started five games and showed the ability to hit the clutch 3-pointer. Neal hit two big treys in the final six minutes against Iowa, aiding ISU to a come-from-behind victory over the Hawkeyes.

Iowa State's white team practice squad members (John Neal, David Braet, Jeff Bergstrom, Mark Boll, Justin Fries, Brandon Nicol and Andrew Skoglund) all received the Pete Taylor Mr. Hustle Award for their contributions and hard work throughout the season.

Jeff Bergstrom, Justin Fries, Jared Homan, Brandon Nicol, Andrew Skoglund, Jake Sullivan and Jackson Vroman all received the ISU Academic Award.

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