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Terrence Ross named MVP at Husky hoops awards banquets

From the press release ...

The Washington Husky men's basketball team culminated its season with the annual awards banquet in Alaska Airlines Arena on Wednesday night and sophomore guard Terrence Ross took home MVP honors.

Ross, who indicated on April 1 his intention of entering the 2012 NBA Draft, was named the 950 KJR Most Valuable Player after averaging a team-high 16.4 points per game, including 25.0 points in the NIT Tournament. Ross was among Pac-12 leaders in numerous categories, including: scoring (4th), rebounds (6.4 rpg, 6th), blocks (0.9 bpg, 13th), steals (1.3, 12th), 3-PT makes (2.1 pg, T8th), 3-pt FG% (.371, 14th) and defensive rebounds (5.1, 3rd).

Several players earned multiple awards during the evening's ceremony. Redshirt-freshman Desmond Simmonswalked away with three awards including the Wurster Award, Industrial Award and 101 Club Scholar Athlete. The Wurster Award goes to the team's top hustler and the Industrial Award goes to the hardest worker.

Simmons sports a 3.0 cumulative grade point average - including a 3.1 during the season - and will share the 101 Club Scholar award with Brendan Sherrer. Sherrer, who also was named the team's Brandon West Walk On Award winner, made the Dean's List after a 3.68 GPA during the season. He sports a 3.1 GPA and plans on attending dental school.

Junior Aziz N'Diaye was the only other winner of multiple awards. He earned the Harshman Award as the team's top rebounder and was the John Meyers Defensive Player winner.

Senior Darnell Gant earned the Hec Edmundson Most Inspirational award, perhaps one of the teams most prestigious honors, for a second-straight season.

Freshman Tony Wroten was the squad's Most Improved Player. He set numerous team freshman records, including most points (559), assists (130) and steals (66).

Junior Abdul Gaddy was named the Playmaker of the Year. He led the team and was second in the conference in assists (182) and assist to turnover ratio (2.4). Gaddy's 182 assists were the third most in UW single-season history. He will enter his senior year 8th all-time with 312 career assists.

Freshman Martin Breunig earned the Coaches Award.