Shipp, Wethers Share MVP Award

April 15, 2003

Seniors Joe Shipp and Brian Wethers, Cal's leading scorers during the 2002-03 season, shared the Golden Bears' Most Valuable Player Award, head coach Ben Braun announced at the team's annual banquet Tuesday night.

Shipp, a 6-5 forward from Los Angeles, completed his career as the No. 3 scorer in school history with 1,666 points. This past season, the All-Pac-10 performer led the conference with 20.4 ppg while shooting 51.8 percent from the floor. He also pulled down 6.1 rpg and blocked 21 shots.

A two-time Pac-10 Player of the Week, Shipp pumped in a career-high 35 points at home against Oregon State and he had 33 points in a victory at Washington State. He reached double figures in scoring in all 31 games during the year and posted three double-doubles. Shipp was also Cal's MVP last year.

Wethers, a 6-5 guard from Murrieta, poured in 15.1 ppg during his final campaign, including a career-high-tying 27 points vs. Oklahoma in the NCAA Tournament's second round. Voted MVP of the Golden Bear Classic in December, Wethers paced Cal with 94 assists in addition to grabbing 4.4 rebounds per contest.

In addition, Wethers earned Pac-10 Player of the Week honors after leading the Bears to a road sweep of Oregon State and Oregon in February. He ranks 15th on Cal's all-time scoring list with 1,239 points.

Other awards announced Tuesday were:

Academic Award: Jordi Geli, Erik Bond
Hustle Award: Conor Famulener
Best Defensive Player: A.J. Diggs, Brian Wethers
Most Improved Player: Gabriel Hughes
Most Courageous Player: Richard Midgley
Most Inspirational Award: Donte Smith

Cal finished the 2002-03 season with a 22-9 overall record and a 13-5 mark in the Pac-10. The Bears reached the semifinals of the league tournament and advanced to the second round of the NCAA playoffs with an opening victory over North Carolina State.

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