The Seattle University men's basketball team celebrated its accomplishments Sunday night at the annual banquet and silent auction, held this year in the lower level banquet room of The Space Needle.
Senior Garrett Lever (Phoenix, Ariz.) was named the team's Most Valuable Player as well as Defensive Player of the Year after making significant contributions to the squad in many areas. Lever led the team with 74 steals, the third-most in a single season by a Seattle U player, and was second on the squad in rebounding, averaging 5.6 boards per game. Starting all 31 games for the Redhawks in 2010-11, Lever was acknowledged for his work ethic and willingness to guard the opponent's best scorer on many occasions.
Fellow senior Alex Jones (Phoenix, Ariz.) earned the Most Improved Player award, improving his scoring average from last season's mark of 8.9 points per game to this season's average of 11.8 points per contest. Making a commitment to put on weight in order to become more of a force in the low post, Jones scored at least 20 points in six games, including a career-high 29 points on 9-of-11 shooting from the field and 10-of-11 shooting from the free throw line against Cal State Northridge Jan. 8.
Earning the Offensive Player of the Year and the John Tresvant Rebounder of the Year awards was junior Aaron Broussard (Federal Way, Wash.). Broussard led the Redhawks in both scoring and rebounding, averaging 14.5 points and 7.7 rebounds per game. He scored in double figures in 26 games and pulled down 10 or more rebounds in nine contests, earning seven double-doubles during the year.
The Coach's Award was presented to forward Gavin Gilmore (Pasco, Wash.) for his work both in practice and in games during the 2010-11 campaign. Gilmore started 13 of the 30 games he appeared in, averaging 2.6 points and 2.6 rebounds per game. In Seattle U's victory over Eastern Washington Jan. 6, Gilmore was 4-for-4 from the field and 2-for-2 from the free throw line in collecting a season-high 10 points.
Junior guard Cervante Burrell (Sacramento, Calif.) earned the award for most assists by dishing out 106 assists during the season, averaging 3.5 assists per game to go along with a 10.9 points per game scoring average. He also received the Academic Achievement Award after posting a 3.567 grade point average during the fall quarter.
The event was hosted by play-by-play broadcaster Dave "The Groz" Grosby and also featured comments by head coach Cameron Dollar, Bill Hogan, director of athletics, and Executive Vice President Tim Leary. Dollar presented Lever and Jones with framed jerseys and framed action photos as their senior gifts.
Seattle University finished the 2010-11 season with an 11-20 record, including victories over Oregon State, Virginia, Montana State, and Idaho. The Redhawks will lose just two players to graduation and expect to return an experienced squad for the 2011-12 campaign.