Men's Basketball Holds Annual Awards Banquet

Raleigh, N.C. - The NC State men's basketball team held its annual banquet Sunday evening at the RBC Center.

Julius Hodge and Engin Atsür each took home four honors, while Jordan Collins and Ilian Evtimov were honored three times apiece. Among the 2004-05 team's achievements were: a fourth consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament, a Sweet 16 appearance, leading the ACC in three-point field goal percentage, and finishing the season ranked in the final Coaches Poll.

Julius Hodge won both rebounding awards. Hodge won the Lorenzo Charles Award for most offensive rebounds, and also the Ronnie Shavlik Award for best rebounder. Hodge led NC State with 6.6 rebounds per game, and 85 offensive rebounds for the season. Hodge was also named the team's Most Versatile Player.

Hodge and Engin Atsür each won the Chris Corchiani award for the best Assist to Turnover Ratio. Atsür won the Sidney Lowe Award for leading the Pack with 287 deflections, also shared the Best Defender Award with Cameron Bennerman.

Jordan Collins and Cedric Simmons shared the Kevin Thompson Award as having the best field goal percentage. Collins connected on 50.0 percent (76-of-152) of his shots from the field, while Simmons shot .506 (42-83).

Ilian Evtimov won the Rodney Monroe Award as the team's leading three point shooter. Evtimov connected on 42.6 percent (66-155) of his long distance shots. Evtimov also won the Monte Towe Award for leading the team with 14 charges drawn.

Collins won the Tom Gugliotta Award, given to the Pack's most improved player. Collins started 20 contests for the Pack, and finished with a career-high 6.6 points a game, highlighted by shooting 24-of-52 (.462) from three-point range.

A new award this year was the Best Shot Blocker, shared by freshmen Andrew Brackman and Cedric Simmons. Brackman led the squad with 40 blocks on the year while Simmons was close behind with 35, the two single best season totals for a NC State freshman in school history. Brackman also won the Terry Gannon Award as the team's leading free throw shooter. He hit 80.6 percent (83-of-103) of his free throw attempts.

Bennerman and Gavin Grant were given the Sixth Man Award. Collins was deemed the Best Cutter/Screener. Tony Bethel and Levi Watkins both won the Jon Speaks Award, given to the best teammate. Atsür and Evtimov earned the Scholar-Athlete Award for posting the high grade point average.

Coach Herb Sendek and esteemed Wolfpack community member Wendell Murphy were on hand to present awards, while Curtis Dail helped hand out the team's NCAA watches. The entire squad unveiled the team's banner representing the 2005 Sweet 16 NCAA appearance.

Best Field Goal % (Kevin Thompson Award) - Jordan Collins
& Julius Hodge Best Three Point Shooter (Rodney Monroe Award) - Ilian Evtimov Best Free Throw Shooter (Terry Gannon Award) - Andrew Brackman Best Offensive Rebounder (Lorenzo Charles Award) - Julius
Hodge Best Rebounder(Ronnie Shavlik Award) - Julius Hodge Most Deflections (Sidney Lowe Award) - Engin Atsür Most Charges Drawn (Monte Towe Award) - Ilian Evtimov Best Defender (Nate McMillan Award) - Engin Atsür &
Cameron Bennerman Best Assist to Turnover Ratio (Chris Corchiani Award) - Engin
Atsür & Julius Hodge Best Screener/Cutter - Jordan Collins Best Shot Blocker - Andrew Brackman & Cedric Simmons Most Versatile - Julius Hodge Most Improved Player (Tom Gugliotta Award )- Jordan Collins Sixth Man Award - Gavin Grant & Cameron Bennerman Best Teammate (Jon Speaks Award) - Tony Bethel & Levi Watkins Scholar-Athlete - Engin Atsür & Ilian Evtimov

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