Bracey Named Men's Basketball MVP
April 9, 2001
EUGENE - University of Oregon senior Bryan Bracey, who led the Ducks in scoring and rebounding all season as the Pacific-10 Conference scoring runner-up, was selected as the team's most valuable player at the school's annual awards banquet Monday night at the Eugene Hilton.
Bracey finished the season averaging 18.6 points and 7.1 rebounds per game. Bracey led the Ducks in scoring in 17 of 28 games this season, including a 23 point performance in Oregon's upset over then-No. 7 Arizona.
The 6-foot-7 Chicago, Ill., native also earned first team all-conference accolades, finishing fifth in the league in three-point field goal accuracy (42.7%) and ninth in rebounding.
Other awards were given to junior Ben Lindquist as the the Harry Ritchie Scholar-Athlete Award winner, David Jackson as the John Warren Most Inspirational Player and Chris Christoffersen as the Jesse Nash Most Improved Player. In addition, senior Flo Hartenstein was voted as the team's best defender.
Lindquist was a key player off the bench for Oregon this season, tying his career-high 13 points scored against Auburn in non-conference play. The 6-4 guard from St. George, Utah scored in double figures in three games and has maintained a 3.10 cumulative grade-point average as a pre-business major. Averaging 3.5 points per game, he led the team in free throw accuracy (85.0%) in addition to connecting on better than 38 percent from beyond the three-point arch.
Christoffersen set new personal highs in scoring (15 points) and rebounding (12) in his junior year. The 7-2 Roenne, Denmark native grabbed 55 rebounds this season after tallying 43 his first two seasons at Oregon. Christoffersen's 16 blocked shots also was his single-season high as he played an average of nine minutes per game in 22 of 28 outings.
Jackson, a Portland native who transferred to Oregon from Utah in 1998, saw limited action last season due to persistent injuries. The 6-3 senior did play in six games and had his best showing at UCLA, where he recorded two points, two assists and two rebounds. A fierce competitor, Jackson continued to work hard in practice despite nagging injuries and was positive presence for Oregon in his three years as a Duck.
Hartenstein, a 6-9 center from Mainz, Germany, finished the season shooting 55 percent from the field - the highest percentage of his career - but his biggest asset was that as a defender near the basket. The senior center who prepped at Springfield's Thurston High School grabbed 91 rebounds and 13 steals in his final season at Oregon, while amassing 415 career boards. Hartenstein led the Ducks in rebounding in three games, including a season-high 11 rebounds against Louisville.
Additional honorees included freshman point guard Luke Ridnour, who led Oregon and ranked sixth in the Pac-10 in assists (3.8 avg.) as the league's freshman of the year.
The Ducks, who completed the year sixth in the Pac-10 with a 14-14 record, return four of their top five scorers next year from their 2000-01 roster.