Men's Hoops Announces 2004-05 Team Awards
April 13, 2005
Corvallis - Following the most successful men's basketball season at Oregon State in the past 15 years, head coach Jay John has announced the following team awards for the 2004-05 season:
Ralph Miller Award (awarded to the most valuable player): Senior forward David Lucas averaged teams highs of 18.5 points (second in the Pac-10) and 7.0 rebounds (sixth in the Pac-10). He was named to the All-Pac-10 team for the second straight year, the first OSU player to be honored twice since 1993. Despite missing the first 10 games of the season due to a toe injury, Lucas came back to reestablish himself as one of the top post players on the West Coast. He scored in double-figures in 21 of 22 games, had 20 or more points 11 times and posted six double-doubles.
Slats Gill Award (awarded to the player who most exemplifies what Slats demanded of himself and his players): Senior center Derek Potter's accomplishments were not measured by points and rebounds, but what he brought to practice with his work ethic and to the locker room with his positive attitude. He played in 11 games as a senior and started twice.
Jim Anderson Award (awarded to the most improved player): Senior guard Vic Remmers, who had posted a total of just 42 points in his first three seasons, bettered that by scoring 43 points in his senior season, which included a number of key three-pointers. He also made the first two starts of his career.
Ed Lewis Award (awarded to the player who provides the most leadership): Junior guard Lamar Hurd started for the third straight year at point guard. He finished sixth in the Pac-10 in assist/turnover ratio (1.81). Hurd earned Pac-10 All-Academic honors for the second straight year.
Lew Beck Award (awarded to the most outstanding newcomer): Junior forward Nick DeWitz was honored with the Pac-10's Fred Hessler Award, given to the league's top non-freshman newcomer. The transfer from Iowa averaged 14.0 points and 5.8 rebounds, both second best on the team. DeWitz' versatility showed in the fact that he ranked second in the Pac-10 in three-point percentage and third in blocked shots.
Paul Valenti Award (awarded to the player who exhibits the greatest desire and determination): Senior guard J.S. Nash was a do-it-all player for the Beavers, averaging 9.3 points, 3.3 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.0 steals. Nash earned the Paul Valenti Award for an unprecedented third straight year.
The 2004-05 Beavers went 17-15, the program's first winning season since 1989-90. The Beavers also made their first postseason appearance since that year, but lost in the opening round of the NIT to Cal State Fullerton. OSU placed fifth in the Pac-10 with an 8-10 record.
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