IU Men's Basketball Announces 2011-12 Award Winners
April 26, 2012
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The IU Varsity Club presented the Indiana Men's Basketball Awards Celebration on Thursday, April 26 in Assembly Hall to thousands of fans that came out for autographs and to see the Hoosiers pick up their postseason awards.
Freshman forward Cody Zeller earned the team's Outstanding Player Award, the Hoosier Award, the T-N-T Award and was honored as the team's leading scorer and rebounder. Zeller, a native of Washington, Ind., started all 36 games and averaged a team-best 15.6 points and 6.6 rebounds per game. He shot 62.3 percent from the field, which ranked fourth in the nation and second all-time at Indiana. Zeller was named an AP Honorable Mention All-American and a Freshman All-American (Yahoo, Sporting News and USBWA). He was the 2012 Big Ten Freshman of the Year and named to the Wayman Tisdale Award Preseason Watch List, honoring the nation's top freshman. He was also up for the John Wooden Award and the Oscar Robertson Trophy.
Indiana also presented the following awards:
Hulls, a native of Bloomington, Ind., led the Hoosiers in free throw shooting at 89.9 percent and averaged 3.3 assists per game. He started all 36 games and registered 11.7 points and 2.5 rebounds per game. He sank 49.3 percent from the 3-point, which ranks as the sixth-best in program history. Hulls moved into fourth all-time at Indiana with 174 made 3-pointers and eighth in career attempts at 396. He ranks seventh at IU with 94 career triples made in Big Ten games. The junior earned Academic All-Big Ten honors and was named Honorable Mention All-Big Ten and received the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award.
Roth, a native of Washington, Ill., shot a Big Ten best 54.5 percent from 3-point range, which ranks as the second-best ever at Indiana. He also sank 59.2 percent in league games, setting an IU record. He's tied for 10th all-time in career 3-point field goal percentage at 41.4 percent. He played 34 games and averaged 4.3 points per game with 42 of his 44 field goals coming from beyond the arc. The senior was named to the Academic All-Big Ten team for a second straight year.
Oladipo, a native of Upper Marlboro, Md., played in 36 games and started 34, and averaged 10.8 points, 5.3 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.4 steals per game. He was named to the Academic All-Big Ten team, Honorable Mention All-Big Ten and to the Big Ten's All-Defensive team.
Sheehey, a native of Stuart, Fla., played in 31 games and started the final 11. He averaged 8.6 points and 3.1 rebounds, while shooting 50.5 percent from the field. He was named MVP of the Hoosier Invitational.
Watford, a native of Birmingham, Ala., ranks 26th on Indiana's all-time scoring list with 1,287 points. He started all 36 games and averaged 12.6 points and 6.0 rebounds per game. He shot 43.7 percent from 3-point range. Watford's game-winning basket against Kentucky was selected as the GEICO National Play of the Year. He was selected to the NCAA South All-Region team and Honorable Mention All-Big Ten.
Jones, a native of Champaign, Ill., finished his career ranked 23rd on Indiana's all-time scoring list with 1,347 points. He ranks ninth all-time at IU with 389 assists. Jones played in 30 games and started 23, but missed the NCAA Tournament due to a right knee injury. He averaged 7.5 points, 3.2 assists and 2.9 rebounds per game. He recorded 68 career double-figure scoring games and reached 20 points or more in 16 career games.
Abell, a native of Louisville, Ky., played in 32 games and averaged 3.0 points and 0.5 assists per game, and sank 78.6 percent from the free throw line. During his freshman season, he has excelled academically and was essential in the team maintaining a cumulative 3.0 grade point average.
First year awards were also presented to Abell, Zeller, Austin Etherington and Raphael Smith. Second year awards were presented to Oladipo, Sheehey, Jeff Howard and Taylor Wayer. Third year awards were presented to Hulls, Watford, Derek Elston and Maurice Creek. Fourth year awards were presented Jones, Roth, Kory Barnett, Daniel Moore and Tom Pritchard.
Scoring and Rebound Leader Award, presented by Calbert Cheaney
Free Throw Leader Award, presented by Calbert Cheaney
3-Point Leader Award, presented by Calbert Cheaney
Deflection Leader Award, presented by Steve McClain
Hustle Award, presented by Steve McClain
"One of the things that coach talks about daily is leadership. We have been trying to develop it on a daily basis so they are prepared as they go out into society. When we got here, there wasn't a culture but now we have that culture where they are doing things on there own and one of the guys that did that when we got here was Jordan Hulls."
T-N-T Award, presented by Je'Ney Jackson
Landon Turner Inspirational Award, presented by Jayd Grossman
Hoosier Award, presented by Jayd Grossman
Student-Athlete of the Year, presented by Marni Mooney
Most Improved Player, presented by Tom Crean
Outstanding Player Award, presented by Tom Crean
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