K-State announces year-end team awards

MANHATTAN, Kan. Freshman forward Michael Beasley and senior guard Clent Stewart each won two awards to highlight festivities at the annual Kansas State men’s basketball banquet held Sunday night in the ballroom of the Clarion Hotel.

 

Beasley was named the winner of the Rolando Blackman Team Most Valuable Player and the Tex Winter Outstanding Offensive Player Award.  Beasley compiled one of the greatest seasons ever by a college freshman in NCAA history, as he averaged 26.2 points on 53.2 percent shooting with 12.4 rebounds, 1.6 blocks, 1.3 steals and 1.2 assists in 31.5 minutes per game this season.  He led the nation in six categories, including rebounding, double-doubles (28), 40-point games (three), 30-point games (13), 20-point, 10-rebound games (23) and 30-point, 10-rebound games (13), while he ranked third in scoring.  The winner of two National Player of the Year awards as well as Big 12 Player and Freshman of the Year, he became just the second consensus first team All-American in school history.

 

Stewart captured the Porky Morgan Most Inspirational Player Award for the second consecutive season as well as the Keith Amerson Academic Award for the fourth year in a row.  The only player on the team to play all four years at Kansas State, Stewart battled through injuries and the passing of his mother to average 6.7 points and 3.1 assists this past season.  He ranks among the top-10 in seven career categories, including second in assists (395), third in minutes played (3,295), fourth in games played (121), fifth in games started (95), seventh in 3-point field goal attempts (316), eighth in 3-point field goals (111) and 10th in steals (81).  He was also selected to the Academic All-Big 12 team three times.  

 

Freshman Bill Walker was chosen as the winner of the inaugural Mitch Richmond Mr. Basketball Award.  Walker, who was named to several Freshman All-America teams, ranked second to Beasley in numerous categories, including scoring (16.1 ppg.), 30-point games (two), 20-point games (nine), rebounding (6.3 rpg.), double-doubles (four), blocks (17) and free throw percentage (73.7).  He also ranked in the top-10 in five categories in the Big 12, including fifth in scoring and 10th in rebounding.

 

Senior guard Blake Young was selected with the Jack Hartman Defensive Player Award, which is given to commemorate the accomplishments of the winningest coach in K-State history.  Regularly assigned to the opponent’s top offensive threat, he helped the Wildcats hold their opponents to 68.9 points per game on just 42.4 percent shooting.  Young was one of only two players to start all 33 games this past season, as he averaged 5.8 points, 3.5 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.0 steals. 

 

Freshman guard Jacob Pullen was named the winner of the Dean Harris Newcomer of the Year Award, which was established in 1974 following the tragic death of Harris.  As a true freshman, Pullen was one of just three players to see action in all 33 games while averaging 9.7 points and a team-high 3.2 assists.  He ranked among the top-5 in 10 categories, including first in 3-point field goals (40) and assists, second in steals (1.2 spg.) and third in scoring.

 

Other award winners included sophomore forward Darren Kent and freshman forward Dominique Sutton with the Ernie Barrett Hustle Award.

Kansas State posted a 21-12 overall record in 2007-08, including a third-place finish in the Big 12 with a 10-6 mark.  The Wildcats advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in nearly 12 years and captured its first NCAA Tournament win since 1988 with their 80-67 victory over USC in the first round of the Midwest Regional in Omaha, Neb., on March 20.  The team has now posted back-to-back 20-win seasons for the first time in nearly 20 years, while the 10 conference wins tie the 2006-07 squad for the best league record in the Big 12 era.  The third-place finish is the best since the inception of the Big 12 and the highest since the 1988-89 team finished third in the Big Eight.   

 

2007-08 Kansas State Basketball Team Awards:

Rolando Blackman Team Most Valuable Player: Michael Beasley

Mitch Richmond Mr. Basketball Award: Bill Walker

Porky Morgan Most Inspirational Player Award: Clent Stewart

Tex Winter Outstanding Offensive Player Award: Michael Beasley

Jack Hartman Defensive Player Award: Blake Young

Keith Amerson Academic Award: Clent Stewart

Ernie Barrett Hustle Award: Darren Kent/Dominique Sutton

Dean Harris Newcomer of the Year: Jacob Pullen