Young Named Team MVP at Michigan Basketball Bust

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- At a ceremony held tonight (Thursday, April 4) at Crisler Arena, the University of Michigan men's basketball team honored the outstanding efforts and achievements of its players at the 41st annual U-M Basketball Bust.


In all, eight players and one manager received awards. Seniors Mike Gotfredson (Grosse Pointe, Mich./South HS) and Chris Young (Plymouth, Mich./Catholic Central HS) earned three awards each, while fellow seniors Rotolu Adebiyi (Ann Arbor, Mich./Huron HS) and Leon Jones (Battle Creek, Mich./Winchendon Prep, [Mass.]) also received multiple honors.

Junior forward LaVell Blanchard (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer HS) received an award for the third straight season, while sophomores Bernard Robinson Jr. (Washington, D.C./New Hampton Prep [N.H.]) and Avery Queen (San Moreno, Calif./Redemption Academy [N.Y.]) received awards for the second consecutive year. Senior Herb Gibson (Taylor, Mich./Truman HS) was also honored for his outstanding efforts.

Young, the Wolverines' starting center, was named the BILL BUNTIN MOST VALUABLE PLAYER AWARD recipient for his efforts both on and off the court. Young was a consistent threat for the Maize and Blue underneath the basket, setting career bests in 16 statistical categories. He averaged a career-high 11.4 points per game, in addition to averaging nearly six rebounds per outing. The big man led the team in blocked shots (40). Young played in all 29 games, averaging a career-best 31.6 minutes. Named Michigan's IRON MAN AWARD winner -- one of five inaugural awards given out on the evening -- Young has played in every game of his U-M career and started the last 57 contests of his career.

Young joined fellow tri-captains Jones and Adebiyi as winners of the THAD GARNER LEADERSHIP AWARD. Jones had a solid year in his final campaign for the Wolverines, taking over the starting point guard duties in the postseason. He averaged 5.8 points per game but earned a reputation as a team player. He set a career high in assists per game (2.8) and set the tone for his teammates on the defensive end with his strong leadership and work ethic. Jones was also singled out as the WAYMAN BRITT OUTSTANDING DEFENSIVE PLAYER AWARD winner for his contributions.

In addition to earning praise for his strong leadership, Adebiyi, along with Gotfredson, took a share of the TRAVIS CONLAN SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD for leadership, guidance and competitive spirit. As a senior, Adebiyi played a vastly expanded role for the Wolverines, as the former walk-on provided both size and depth to the Michigan bench. As a testament to Adebiyi's character, he was elected one of three captains by his teammates and earned a full scholarship prior to the start of the season despite playing a limited role in his first two seasons with the Maize and Blue.

The first annual winner of the BODNAR AWARD FOR ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT, Gotfredson capped off his final season at Michigan with his first of three awards on the night. No stranger to hard work, Gotfredson earned the STEVE GROTE HUSTLE AWARD for the third straight year in addition to a share of the Travis Conlan Sportsmanship Award. He was Michigan's starting point guard for 21 of 29 games this season, averaging career bests in points, assists and minutes.

The 2002 RUDY TOMJANOVICH MOST IMPROVED PLAYER AWARD recipient, Gibson exploded onto the Crisler court against Wisconsin on Feb. 2, 2002, earning his first start in the Maize and Blue. In all, Gibson played in 17 games and earned five starts. He averaged 1.2 points and 1.2 rebounds per game, earning a reputation for his boundless energy and strong defensive presence while on the court.

For the third consecutive campaign, Blanchard won the LOY VAUGHT REBOUNDING AWARD. Blanchard led the Wolverines with a 6.8 rebounds per game average.

Robinson Jr. earned the inaugural AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING FREE THROW SHOOTING, and Queen was awarded the inaugural GARY GRANT AWARD FOR MOST ASSISTS. For the second season, Robinson led the team from the free throw line, shooting 85.5 percent. He finished second in free throw percentage in the Big Ten at 88.9 percent, missing only five free throws in conference play. With 85 assists, Queen helped the Wolverines distribute the ball out of the backcourt.

Lucien St. Gerard was honored at the ceremony as well, garnering the inaugural MOST OUTSTANDING MANAGER AWARD for his contribution and dedication to Michigan basketball.

The Wolverines finished 11-18 overall and 5-11 in Big Ten play in head coach Tommy Amaker's first season.

2002 Michigan Basketball Bust Award Winners

Chris Young Bill Buntin Most Valuable Player Award
Rotolu Adebiyi
Leon Jones
Chris Young
Thad Garner Leadership Award
Leon Jones Wayman Britt Outstanding Defensive Player Award
Mike Gotfredson Steve Grote Hustle Award
Mike Gotfredson Bodnar Award for Academic Achievement
Herb Gibson Rudy Tomjanovich Most Improved Player Award
LaVell Blanchard Loy Vaught Rebounding Award
Rotolu Adebiyi
Mike Gotfredson
Travis Conlan Sportsmanship Award
Bernard Robinson Jr.     Award for Outstanding Free Throw Shooting
Avery Queen Gary Grant Award for Most Assists
Chris Young Iron Man Award
Lucien St. Gerard Outstanding Manager Award

Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423

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