Brown Brings Home MVP at Banquet

There weren't any major surprises at Monday night's annual Men's Basketball Team Banquet.

That includes the MVP award, where departing guard J'Covan Brown won a vote of his peers following a season where he finished first in the Big 12 in scoring with 20.1 points per game, while also leading the Longhorns in minute and placing second in assists and steals. Brown was also a first-team All-Big 12 selection, as well as a first-team Academic All-Big 12 pick.

His haul Monday night included four awards: MVP, the Athletic Director's Scholarship Award, the Earlene Fulmer 3-point Attack Award and the Free Throw Percentage Award.

A trio of freshmen brought home the team's Most Improved Player award, with Jonathan Holmes and Sheldon McClellan sharing the honor with Sterling Gibbs, who is leaving the program. Gibbs said he didn't have a specific transfer destination in mind, but planned to head back east.

And senior Alexis Wangmene was named team captain. In his remarks on Wangmene, Texas head coach Rick Barnes said that the Longhorns would have beaten Cincinnati had they been able to utilize the bruising forward. Without naming him, Barnes essentially said that Wangmene would have helped with Cincinnati star Yancy Gates, because the strength of Wangmene was that the Texas staff could put him on an opposing team's star post player and he would "take care of it." Wangmene missed the last part of the season with an injury.

Barnes also said that this season had been unusual, because the team only had three returning scholarship players going through spring workouts before the talented freshman class arrived. But Barnes said the Longhorns were able to continue their 20-win and NCAA Tournament streaks largely because each of those three players — Brown, Wangmene and senior Clint Chapman — had the best seasons of their Texas careers.


The awards, and their recipients included:

Slater Martin Award — Rob Lazare, Texas equipment manager

Mike Wacker Comeback Award — Clint Chapman

Coca-Cola Solid Citizen Award — Andrew Dick

Jack Gray Award sponsored by the Texas Exes — Alexis Wangmene

Athletic Director's Scholar-Athlete Award — Dick, J'Covan Brown

Jay Arnette Award — Julien Lewis

Hard Hat Award — Jaylen Bond

Earlene Fulmer 3-Point Attack Award — Brown

Assists Award — Myck Kabongo

Blocked Shots Award — Chapman

Field Goal Percentage Award — Bond

Free Throw Percentage Award — Brown

Rebounding Award — Chapman

Hustlin' Horns Award — Kabongo

Spirit Award — Gibbs, Dean Melchionni

Outstanding Defensive Player — Kabongo

Most Improved Player — Gibbs, Jonathan Holmes, Sheldon McClellan

Most Valuable Player sponsored by the Texas Exes — Brown

Team Captain — Wangmene

Senior Awards — Chapman, Wangmene