USC Men's Basketball Team Holds Team Awards Banquet

April 14, 2006

The 2005-06 men's basketball team awards banquet was held last night (April 13) at Town and Gown on the campus of USC, with sophomore Nick Young being given the Sam Barry Award as the most valuable player in a vote by his teammates.

Young led USC in scoring (17.3 points per game) and rebounding (6.6 per game) and was one of three players in the Pac-10 Conference to rank in the top 10 in both categories. The sophomore earned All-Pac-10 first-team honors in March.

Sophomore Gabe Pruitt, who also was a first-team Pac-10 selection, was the recipient of the Joe Barbato Award for the best free throw percentage on the team. Pruitt made 80.3 percent of his shots from the charity stripe (94-for-117). He also finished second on USC in scoring with 16.9 points per game and his total of 131 three-pointers in his first two seasons already ranks 10th on the USC all-time three-pointers made list.

Freshman point guard Ryan Francis was given the John Rudometkin Award, honoring the player who always gave 110 percent effort. Francis scored 7.1 points per game in his first season as a Trojan and ranked seventh in the Pac-10 in assists (111) and fifth in steals per game (1.57). His totals in assists and steals (47) both rank as the fourth most ever by a USC freshman.

Guard Sead Odzic won the Tom Kimmel Award which honors the team's Sixth Man. The freshman averaged 3.1 points off the bench and was fourth on the Trojans in three-pointers made (22).

The Dr. James Zumberge Award for highest GPA was given to junior Reed Doucette. Despite the rigors of the season, Doucette was able to maintain a 3.97 GPA in his mechanical engineering major.

The Trojans' two graduating seniors, guard Dwayne Shackleford and forward Greg Gaudino, also received awards. Shackleford was given the Ernie Holbrook Memorial Award as the team's most inspirational player and Gaudino was the unanimous winner of the Coaches Award. Both Shackleford and Gaudino were also given Senior Awards, beautifully engraved plaques to commemorate their careers with the Trojans.

The Trojan team went 17-13 during the 2005-06 season, Tim Floyd's first season as the Trojans' head coach. Among the other high points of the evening were the screening of a highlight video featuring the teams' wins over nationally ranked North Carolina and UCLA and the introduction of Lou and Helene Galen, the benefactors for USC's state-of-the-art arena set to open in September.

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