Leon Powe Named Bears' MVP

April 13, 2004

Freshman forward Leon Powe, who led Cal in both scoring and rebounding during his rookie season, was named the Golden Bears' Most Valuable Player at the team's annual banquet Tuesday night.

During the 2003-04 season, the 6-8 Powe averaged team-leading figures of 15.1 ppg and 9.5 rpg, becoming the first freshman in the history of the Pac-10 to lead the league in rebounding. The Pac-10's Freshman of the Year, he also earned a spot on the All-Pac-10 team and was selected as a second team freshman All-American by Rivals.com.

Other awards handed out went to:

Best Defensive Player - Marquise Kately
Academic Achievement - Amit Tamir
Most Improved Player - Rod Benson
Most Unselfish Player - Ayinde Ubaka
Hustle Award - Martin Smith
Most Courageous Player - Richard Midgley
Coaches' Award - Alex Pribble
Most Inspirational Award - Mike Blasquez (strength & conditioning coach)

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