Conroy & Robinson Share Men's Hoop MVP Award
April 12, 2005
SEATTLE - Guards Will Conroy and Nate Robinson were named the KJR Radio Co-Most Valuable Players, headlining the awards presentation Tuesday evening during the annual Washington men's basketball banquet at Bank of America Arena.
Conroy (Seattle, Wash./Garfield HS) completed his career as Washington's all-time leading playmaker with 515 career assists and a single-season record 219 in 2005. He became the first Husky in 30 years to lead all Pac-10 players in assists. Conroy, who ranks 20th among all-time Huskies with 1,113 career points, also received the Hec Edmundson Most Inspirational Award.
A two-time first-team All-Pac-10 Team member, Robinson (Seattle, Wash./Rainier Beach HS) led the Huskies and ranked sixth among conference players with 16.4 points per game his junior season. He earned third-team Associated Press All-America acclaim. On Monday, Robinson announced that he will forfeit his final year of college eligibility and apply for the NBA Draft. He departs as the 18th-highest scorer in UW history with 1,283 career points.
Robinson was the recipient of two other awards. He was also given the Tyee Sports Council Community Service Award and shared the Wurster Award, recognizing the team's top hustler, with junior Bobby Jones (Compton, Calif.).
Jones collected two additional awards. He was the recipient of the John Meyers Award for the team's best defensive player and the Harshman Trophy as UW's top rebounder with an average of 5.6 boards.
Another multiple-trophy winner was senior guard Tre Simmons (Seattle, Wash./Garfield HS) who picked up the Coaches Award and shared the KING Most Improved Award with junior Jamaal Williams (Corona, Calif.). A first-team All-Pac-10 selection, Simmons established a new school record for 3-pointers in a season with 80. Williams led all UW scorers with 18 points in the NCAA Tournament loss to Louisville.
Junior Brandon Roy (Seattle, Wash./Garfield HS) received the Playmaker Award. Roy was an honorable mention All-Pac-10 selection after ranking third on the team in scoring (12.8 ppg) and second in rebounds (5.0 rpg).
Senior center Hakeem Rollins (Mesa, Ariz.) was recognized with the team's Industrial Award for the second straight season.
A pair of walk-ons garnered the remaining two team awards. Senior Alex Johnson (Bellevue, Wash./Eastside Catholic HS) received the 101 Club Scholar-Athlete award while sophomore Brandon Burmeister (Mercer Island, Wash./Mercer Island HS) won the Brandon West Award that honors the team's top walk-on.
The Huskies registered a 29-6 record in 2005 and advanced to the Sweet 16. Washington tied the 67-year-old school record for wins in a season, won its first Pac-10 Tournament championship and received a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament for the first time ever.
2005 Washington Men's Basketball Team Awards
KJR Most Valuable Player -- Will Conroy & Nate Robinson
Hec Edmundson Most Inspirational -- Will Conroy
Harshman Trophy (top rebounder) -- Bobby Jones
Wurster Award (top hustler) -- Bobby Jones & Nate Robinson
Most Improved -- Jamaal Williams & Tre Simmons
Tyee Sports Council Community Service -- Nate Robinson
Brandon West Walk-On Award-- Brandon Burmeister
Playmaker Award -- Brandon Roy
Industrial Award -- Hakeem Rollins
101 Cub Scholar-Athlete -- Alex Johnson
John Meyers Defensive Player -- Bobby Jones
Coaches Award -- Tre Simmons