CLEMSON, S.C. – The men’s basketball program announced its 2013-14 award winners at the annual year-end banquet Wednesday at the Clyde V. Madren Center Pavilion.
Junior forward K.J. McDaniels took home the top honor of the night, the Paul Bowie Most Valuable Player Award. Landry Nnoko was named the team’s Most Improved, while Rod Hall earned the Tiger Pride Award. Sidy Djitte was the recipient of the Tiger Strength Award, while Carson Fields took home the Academic Excellence Award. The only non-player accolade handed out Wednesday was the Andy Balliet “Spirit of Clemson” Award. This year’s recipient was Kay Meyer, a student assistant in the basketball office.
Paul Bowie Most Valuable PlayerK.J. McDaniels • First-team All-ACC selection, 12th in Clemson history • ACC Defensive Player of the Year, first in Clemson history • Led Clemson in points (614), rebounds (255), blocks (100), steals (41) and three-pointers (42) – the only player in the nation to lead his team in all five categories • Led the ACC with 2.8 blocked shots per game
Tom Lynch Most Improved PlayerLandry Nnoko • Was third in the ACC with 2.0 blocked shots per game • Increased point total from 31 as a freshman to 226 as a sophomore • Increased rebound total from 44 as a freshman to 217 as a sophomore • Increased block total from nine as a freshman to 69 as a sophomore
Tiger Pride AwardRod Hall • Junior co-captain led the Tigers with 143 assists, finishing ninth in the ACC in assists per game and assist-to-turnover ratio • Second on the team in scoring at 9.7 points per game, a career-high
Tiger Strength AwardSidy Djitte • Put on 10 pounds of lean mass in just two months after arriving at Clemson • Increased all major lifts by at least 20 pounds over the course of the season
Academic Excellence AwardCarson Fields • Second straight year with the team’s top cumulative grade-point average • Industrial engineering major has over a 3.8 GPA
Andy Balliet “Spirit of Clemson” AwardKay Meyer • Worked as a basketball office assistant for the past four years and helped plan and execute functions and events, such as the annual alumni reunions and team banquets • Older brother, Trey, was a men’s basketball manager and is now an assistant coach at Miami (Ohio)
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