Iowa State's outstanding guard tandem of Curtis Stinson and Will Blalock shared Ralph A. Olsen Most Valuable Player Award honors at the 2005-06 Iowa State men's basketball banquet. Blalock is a first-time winner of the award, while Stinson shares his third consecutive MVP honor.
Stinson, a junior from Bronx, N.Y., posted another fantastic season in his third year as a starter. Stinson's name was found among the leaders in the Big 12 and NCAA statistics, ranking in the top-three in the Big 12 in scoring (19.3 ppg, 3rd), assists (5.5, 3rd) and steals (2.4 spg, 2nd). He is currently the only player in the nation to rank in the top-50 in those three categories, ranking 35th, 26th and 19th nationally in scoring, assists and steals. Stinson has tallied 70 steals this season, the fifth-best effort in school history, to improve his career total to 197, which ranks fifth all-time and is 14 steals behind the school-record holder Jeff Hornacek with 211. Stinson, who was a first-team NABC all-district pick, needs three steals to become just the third player in Big 12 history to record 1,500 points, 400 rebounds, 400 assists and 200 steals in a career. Stinson was named Big 12 Player of the Week twice this season, earning his second POW honor after recording ISU's third triple-double in school history against Colorado with 24 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists.
Blalock's ballhandling and improved scoring made ISU's one-two punch in the backcourt one of the best in the nation. The Boston, Mass., native is second in the Big 12 and 12th nationally in assists with a 6.1 apg clip. Blalock continues to assault the ISU assist record book as just a junior. His 177 season assists ranks seventh on the ISU single-season record chart and his 457 career dimes is the fifth-best total all-time in school history. The point guard is averaging 15.4 ppg and 2.2 spg, ranking 10th and fourth in the Big 12, respectively. Blalock was named MVP of the prestigious Rainbow Classic in December after averagiing 16.3 points and 7.3 assists in the three-game tournament.
Senior John Neal won the Brian Pearson Inspiration and 3-point Award. Neal, a former walk-on, capped off an outstanding final campaign for ISU, earning the distinction as one of the best outside shooters in the Big 12 Conference. Neal has come off the bench to hit 43.2 percent of his shots (32-74) from downtown, including a 44.8 pct. clip from 3-point range in league play. The Winterset, Iowa native, who hit a season-high four 3-pointers in his final home game, ranks in the top-10 in ISU's single-season 3-point percentage chart. His 62 career treys ties for 15th all-time on ISU's record book.
Rahshon Clark and Ross Marsden were winners of the Outstanding Rebounder and Outstanding Defensive Player Award, respectively. Clark, a sophomore from Queens, N.Y., is pacing the Cyclones on the boards with a 5.7 rpg average. Clark, who was third on the team in scoring at 13.2 ppg, grabbed a career-high 14 rebounds en route to his second double-double of the season vs. Colorado. Marsden, a freshman center from Ames, impressed many in his rookie season with his poise on the court. Marsden is shoooting 54.1 percent from the field and committed just 13 turnovers in 604 minutes of action.
2005-06 Iowa State
Men's Basketball Banquet Award Winners
Ralph A. Olsen Most Valuable Player Award: Curtis Stinson and Will Blalock
Brian Pearson Inspiration Award: John Neal
Most Improved Player Award: Shawn Taggart
Outstanding Defensive Player Award: Ross Marsden
Outstanding Rebounder Award: Rahshon Clark
Sixth Man Award: Jiri Hubalek
3-Point Award: John Neal
Most Assists Award: Will Blalock
Pete Taylor Mr. Hustle Award: Tasheed Carr, Chris Ceaser, Jeff Bergstrom, Jessan Gray, Mike Evanovich, Farnold Degand, Mark Currie, Brock Jacobson and Dustin Streff
Academic Awards: Jeff Bergstrom, Brock Jacobson, Mark Currie, Ross Marsden