Will Perkins Named MVP at Men's Hoop Awards Banquet

April 5, 2001

SEATTLE - Senior forward Will Perkins was named the KOMO Most Valuable Player, headlining the awards presentation Thursday evening during the annual Husky men's basketball banquet at the Don James Center on the University of Washington campus.

Perkins (Omaha, Neb.) posted a team-leading 12.8-point scoring average. He ranked third among Pacific-10 Conference players in double-doubles, combining double-digit points and rebounds on 10 occasions.

The 6-foot-9 Perkins also received the Harshman Trophy that honors the team's top rebounder. He finished sixth among conference competitors with 7.2 rebounds per game, winning the Harshman award for the second straight season.

For an unprecedented fourth consecutive year, senior guard Bryan Brown was named the Hec Edmundson Award winner as the team's most inspirational player. Brown is a graduate of Mercer Island (Wash.) High School.

The only other repeat winner was senior forward Thalo Green (Salem, Ore.) who claimed his second Wurster Award as the Huskies' top hustler.

Washington's two junior centers both collected awards. Marlon Shelton (Rochester, Mich.) garnered the John Meyers Award as the Huskies' best defender and David Dixon (Houston, Texas) received the KING Most Improved Player Award.

Freshman guard Sterling Brown, a product of Woodinville (Wash.) High School, was the recipient of the Brandon West Walk-on of the Year Award.

The Huskies said goodbye to five seniors at their season-ending banquet, all of them honored as team captains. The senior class included Greg Clark (San Diego, Calif.) and Michael Johnson (Seattle, Wash./Ballard HS) along with Brown, Green and Perkins.

Those five seniors all started and played significant roles in Washington's 96-94 upset of 13th-ranked UCLA in the final game of the season at Bank of America Arena. Johnson scored a career-high 29 points against the Bruins, including the game-winning 3-pointer with 1.1 seconds remaining.

The Huskies registered a 10-20 record in 2000-01 against a schedule that was rated the nation's 20th most difficult. They played 11 games against teams that participated in the NCAA Tournament, including nine meetings with opponents that advanced to the Sweet 16. Washington tied for ninth in the Pac-10 with a 4-14 conference record.

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