Seniors Dominate Men's Basketball Awards

The men's basketball postseason banquet was held Wednesday night at Old Town in Winston-Salem.

Winston-Salem - All five scholarship seniors earned individual awards, highlighting the Wake Forest men's basketball 2001-02 postseason banquet at the Old Town Club.

Senior Darius Songaila, a second team All-ACC selection and honorable mention All-America, took home the most hardware. Songaila won awards as the team's top free throw shooter and top rebounder. Songaila shot 85.4 percent from the free throw line, which ranked third in the ACC. He averaged 8.1 rebounds per game -- the highest rebound average by a Deacon since Tim Duncan in 1997.

Seniors Antwan Scott and Craig Dawson shared the Most Improved Player Award. Scott improved his numbers in almost each statistical category from the previous season; from 6.8 to 10.0 points per game and from 3.6 to 4.7 rebounds per contest. Dawson established a new Wake Forest single-season record by sinking 100 three-point field goals.

Broderick Hicks, who leaves Wake Forest with the career record for games played (131), won the award as Wake's assists leader. Hicks dished out 109 assists last season and he finished his career with 286 assists.

Ervin Murray won the annual Murray Greason Award, which takes into account play on the court, academics, community involvement, leadership and more.

Junior Josh Howard was the sole underclassmen to win an award. He was named as the team's best defensive player after recording 49 steals and 30 blocked shots last season.

The team Most Valuable Player Award did not go to an individual student-athlete, but to Jane Caldwell, the assistant director of student services. Caldwell completed her third year on the Wake Forest staff, serving as an academic counselor for the men's basketball team.

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