Trojans Hold 2008 Awards Banquet
March 24, 2008
LOS ANGELES - The USC men's basketball team which went 21-12 and made the NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive season, held its annual awards banquet tonight (March 24) in the Founders Club at the Galen Center.
The Trojans posted back-to-back 20-win seasons for the first time since the 2001-02 seasons and their 63 wins over the last three seasons is the most in a three-year period in school history. USC was a No. 6 seed in the Midwest Regional in the 2008 NCAA Tournament and was defeated in the first round by Kansas State and Player of the Year candidate Michael Beasley, 80-67. The Trojans tied for third place in the conference with an 11-7 record.
Freshman O.J. Mayo was named the team MVP as he led USC with a 20.7 average and set the school freshman record for points in a season (684) and three-point baskets made (88). His point total ranks second all-time by a Trojan in a single season (Harold Miner -789 in 1992) and his three-point baskets made are third best all-time in a single season by a Trojan.
Sophomore Taj Gibson led USC with 259 rebounds and set the school single-season record for blocks with 84. His two-year total of 153 blocks already places him second on USC's all-time blocked shots list, trailing only Sam Clancy's four-year total of 195.
The following is a list of tonight's award winners:
|Sam Barry Award||MVP||O.J. Mayo
(20.7 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 40.9 3-pt%, 684 points, 88 three-pointers)
|Joe Barbato Award||Top FT Percentage||Daniel Hackett
(82.3 percent, 8.6 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 3.2 apg)
|Dr. James Zumberge Award||Top GPA||Keith Wilkinson
(3.0, Communications, Journalism & Related Studies)
|John Rudometkin Award||110% Effort||Taj Gibson
(58.0 FG%, 10.8 ppg, 7.8 rpg, 88 blocks)
|Tom Kimmel Award||Top 6th Man||Keith Wilkinson
(2.5 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 13.5 min/game)
|Ernie Holbrook Award||Most Inspirational||Daniel Hackett
(8.6 ppg, 94 assists, 82.3 FT %, 34 steals)
|Coaches Award||Dwight Lewis
(10.8 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 31 3-pointers, 24 steals)
|Top Rebounder Award||Taj Gibson
(7.8 rpg, 259 total)