Heels Hand Out Awards at Postseason Banquet

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. --- Senior forward David Noel was selected the Most Valuable Player and junior guard Wes Miller was named the Most Improved Player and Most Outstanding Defensive Player as the 2005-06 University of North Carolina men's basketball team celebrated its season at the end-of-year awards ceremony Tuesday night at the Smith Center.

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    The awards were selected by vote of the Tar Heel players and coaches.

    Noel was also named co-captain with Byron Sanders. Noel averaged 12.9 points and 6.8 rebounds, had 107 assists, 23 blocks and 34 steals in leading the Tar Heels to a 23-8 record.

    Miller was UNC's defensive player of the game nine times and led the Tar Heels with 64 three-point field goals. He shot 44.1 percent from three-point range, the seventh-highest three-point rcentage in Carolina single-season history. Last year, Miller scored 26 polnts, 196 less than he did in 2005-06.

    Other awards winners included: Byron Sanders (Burgess McSwain Athletic Director's Scholar-Athlete Award); Tyler Hansbrough (Butch Bennett Award as the freshman who exemplifies determination, sportsmanship and sacrifice); and Dewey Burke (Foy Roberson Award for inspiration and behind-the-scenes contributions).

    Statistical award winners included: Hansbrough for highest field goal percentage and rebounding average; Reyshawn Terry for highest free throw percentage; and Bobby Frasor for most assists.

    The awards ceremony concluded with speeches from seniors Noel, Sanders, Will Robinson and Thomas Wilkins.

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