Robinson & Roy Share Men's Hoop MVP Honors
April 13, 2004
SEATTLE - Sophomore guards Nate Robinson and Brandon Roy were named KJR Radio Co-Most Valuable Players, headlining the awards presentation Tuesday evening during the annual Husky men's basketball banquet at the Don James Center on the University of Washington campus.
A first-team All-Pac-10 Team member, Robinson (Seattle, Wash. / Rainier Beach HS) led the Huskies and ranked third among conference players with 53 steals. His 13.2-point scoring average led the team and ranked 13th among conference competitors. On April 7, Robinson announced his intent to apply for the NBA Draft. He does not plan to retain an agent and is eligible to return to UW after soliciting feedback from NBA personnel.
The 5-foot-9 Robinson was also the recipient of the Wurster Award, sharing that honor as the team's top hustler with sophomore Bobby Jones (Compton, Calif.).
Roy (Seattle, Wash. / Garfield HS) was second on UW in scoring with 12.9 points per game. An all-district selection, Roy also received the Harshman Trophy as the team's top rebounder with an average of 5.3 boards. Roy ranked 15th among Pac-10 players in both scoring and rebounding.
Curtis Allen (Tacoma, Wash. / Wilson HS), the only senior on the 2004 Husky roster, was the recipient of two awards. He received the Hec Edmundson Most Inspirational plaque and shared the Coaches Award with freshman Hans Gasser (Issaquah, Wash. / Issaquah HS).
Jones collected two other awards. He was the recipient of the John Meyers Award for the team's best defensive player and the Tyee Sports Council Community Service Award.
Another multiple-trophy winner was junior center Hakeem Rollins (Mesa, Ariz.) who picked up the Industrial Award and shared the KING Most Improved Award with junior Tre Simmons (Seattle, Wash. / Garfield HS) and sophomore Mike Jensen (Covington, Wash. / Kentwood HS).
Junior Will Conroy (Seattle, Wash. / Garfield HS) received the Playmaker Award. Conroy distributed 142 assists, the second-highest single-season total ever for a Husky. He also ranked third on the team with 12.3 points per game.
A trio of walk-ons garnered the remaining two team awards. Sophomore Alex Johnson (Bellevue, Wash. / Eastside Catholic HS) received the 101 Club Scholar-Athlete award while freshmen Brandon Burmeister (Mercer Island, Wash. / Mercer Island HS) and Zane Potter (Boring, Ore.) shared the Brandon West Award that honors the team's top walk-on.
The Huskies registered a 19-12 record in 2004 and participated in the NCAA Tournament for the first time in five years. The 12-6 record and second-place Pac-10 finish were UW's best since 1986. The season was highlighted by a 75-62 upset of No. 1 Stanford and three wins over Arizona. UW lost 102-100 to UAB in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
2004 Washington Men's Basketball Team Awards
Most Valuable Player -- Nate Robinson and Brandon Roy
Hec Edmundson Most Inspirational -- Curtis Allen
Harshman Trophy (top rebounder) -- Brandon Roy
Wurster Award (top hustler) -- Bobby Jones & Nate Robinson
Most Improved -- Mike Jensen, Hakeem Rollins & Tre Simmons
Tyee Sports Council Community Service -- Bobby Jones
Brandon West Walk-On Award -- Brandon Burmeister & Zane Potter
Playmaker Award -- Will Conroy
Industrial Award -- Hakeem Rollins
101 Cub Scholar-Athlete -- Alex Johnson
John Meyers Defensive Player -- Bobby Jones
Coaches Award -- Curtis Allen & Hans Gasser