NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – The Rutgers University Men’s Basketball program held its Annual Awards Banquet at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in New Brunswick on Sunday, March 28. The event was co-sponsored by the Court Club and the Division of Intercollegiate Athletics.
Senior forward Herve Lamizana and junior guard Ricky Shields were named Co-MVPs. Lamizana, a third-team All-BIG EAST selection, is second on the team in scoring (13.4 ppg.), and leads the team in rebounding (7.7 rpg.) and blocked shots (2.9 bpg). Shields is the team’s leading scorer at 15.5 ppg. He has been on a tear of late, averaging 20.3 ppg., while shooting a sizzling .650 from three-point range in Rutgers’ three NIT wins.
Lamizana also picked up an individual award as the team’s leading rebounder. Freshman guard Quincy Douby, a member of the BIG EAST All-Rookie Team, and fellow freshman guard Marquis Webb, shared Outstanding Newcomer Awards. Douby is averaging 12.1 ppg. and is shooting a team-best .429 from three-point range. Douby also earned individual awards as the team’s Best Three-point Shooter and shared the Best Free Throw shooting Award with junior guard Juel Wiggan. Webb also garnered two more awards as Best Defender (along with senior forward Sean Axani), and an award as the team’s Assist Leader.
Senior forward Sean Axani, in addition to earning the Co-Defensive Player Award, also earned the George Mackaronis Scholar-Athlete award. It marked the second consecutive year that Axani earned these two awards. He was also bestowed a Recognition Award for his services this season as team captain.
The Frank Hill Award, which goes to the Scarlet Knight player who best exemplifies the qualities of loyalty and leadership, went to senior forward Justin Piasecki. Sophomore forward Adrian Hill earned the Most Improved Player Award and Academic Improvement Award. Freshman center Byron Joynes was named the Strength Award winner.
Rutgers also recognized Eric Riggins, from the class of 1987, who was inducted into the Scarlet Knight Men’s Basketball Hall of Fame.
Abram J. Suydam MVP Award Herve Lamizana & Ricky Shields
Leading Rebounder Herve Lamizana
Alton Adler Co-Best Defensive Players Sean Axani & Marquis Webb
Frank Hill Award (Loyalty and Leadership) Justin Piasecki
Strength Award Byron Joynes
Most Improved Player Adrian Hill
George Mackaronis Scholar-Athlete Sean Axani
Recognition (Captain) Sean Axani
Outstanding Newcomer Quincy Douby & Marquis Webb
Kevin Collins Academic Improvement Award Adrian Hill
Best 3-Point Shooter Quincy Douby
Michael J. Malone Best Free Throw Shooter Quincy Douby & Juel Wiggan
Assist Leader Marquis Webb