April 16, 2014
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan men's basketball team recognized the efforts and achievements of its players and staff at the 53rd annual U-M Basketball Awards Celebration this evening (Wednesday, April 16) at Crisler Center.
Sophomore Nik Stauskas (Mississauga, Ontario/St. Mark's School [Mass.]) earned the evening's top award -- the BILL BUNTIN MOST VALUABLE PLAYER -- while fifth-year senior Jordan Morgan (Detroit, Mich./University of Detroit Jesuit) was awarded four honors to highlight the evening.
Stauskas, who averaged a team-best 17.5 points per game, was named to seven All-America teams and was the Big Ten's Player of the Year, as voted by the Big Ten coaches and media. Stauskas was the only unanimous selection to the All-Big Ten first team by both the coaches and media. This season, he became the 48th U-M player, and just the eighth U-M sophomore, to reach 1,000 career points (1,060). His 630 points marked the 21st time in U-M history a Wolverine has recorded 600-plus points in a season.
In addition to his MVP honors, Stauskas also was given the GARY GRANT AWARD FOR MOST ASSISTS as well as the AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING FREE THROW SHOOTING after he led the Wolverines with 3.3 assists per game and an 82.4 free throw percentage.
Morgan, who finished his career with a U-M-record 142 games played, was honored with four awards during the evening, highlighted by the WAYMAN BRITT OUTSTANDING DEFENSIVE PLAYER AWARD and the THAD GARNER LEADERSHIP AWARD. After leading U-M in rebounding, he was given the LOY VAUGHT REBOUNDING AWARD, and he closed the evening garnering the BODNAR AWARD FOR ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT. After earning his undergraduate degree in industrial and operations engineering, Morgan is finishing work on his masters in manufacturing.
Sophomore Caris LeVert (Pickerington, Ohio/Central) was honored twice as he was given the RUDY TOMJANOVICH MOST IMPROVED PLAYER AWARD as well as the STEVE GROTE HUSTLE AWARD. LeVert was one of two Wolverines to start all 37 games and averaged 12.9 points per game, an increase of 10.6 points from his freshman season. He added 4.3 rebounds, 2.9 assists and a team-best 1.2 steals per game.
Sophomore Spike Albrecht (Crown Point, Ind./Northfield Mount Hermon Prep [Mass.]) was given the Travis Conlan SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD, while classmate Glenn Robinson III (St. John, Ind./Lake Central) earned U-M's IRON MAN AWARD. Both Albrecht and Robinson played in 76 consecutive games over their first two seasons.
For his work off the bench this season, freshman Zak Irvin (Fishers, Ind./Hamilton Southeastern) was awarded U-M's SIXTH MAN AWARD. Irvin played in all 37 games, averaged 6.7 points per game and had the second-most three-pointers on the season (62).
Michigan finished the 2013-14 season with its first outright Big Ten championship in 28 years as the Wolverines posted a 15-3 conference mark, claiming the league crown by three games, and posted a 28-9 overall record. As the No. 1 seed in the Big Ten Tournament for the first time in program history, U-M reached the championship game for the first time since the inaugural tournament in 1998.
The Wolverines appeared in their fourth straight NCAA Tournament, earning the No. 2 seed in the Midwest Region. After wins over Wofford and Texas, U-M advanced to its second straight Sweet 16 against Tennessee. Following a victory over the Volunteers, the Maize and Blue bowed out to Kentucky in the Elite Eight as the Wildcats made a last-second three-point field goal to advance to the Final Four.
2014 MICHIGAN BANQUET HONORS
Bill Buntin Most Valuable Player Award: Nik Stauskas
Wayman Britt Outstanding Defensive Player Award: Jordan Morgan
Rudy Tomjanovich Most Improved Player Award: Caris LeVert
Steve Grote Hustle Award: Caris LeVert
Thad Garner Leadership Award: Jordan Morgan
Travis Conlan Sportsmanship Award: Spike Albrecht
Bodnar Award for Academic Achievement: Jordan Morgan
Gary Grant Award for Most Assists: Nik Stauskas
Loy Vaught Rebounding Award: Jordan Morgan
Award for Outstanding Free Throw Shooting: Nik Stauskas
Sixth Man Award: Zak Irvin
Iron Man Award: Glenn Robinson III
Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423