Men's Basketball

    IU Men's Basketball Announces 2011-12 Award Winners

    Go Hoosiers! Cody Zeller was presented the Outstanding Player Award by head coach Tom Crean.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Cody Zeller was presented the Outstanding Player Award by head coach Tom Crean.
    Go Hoosiers!

    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:
    Free Throw Percentage Leader: Jordan Hulls
    Assist Leader: Jordan Hulls
    3-Point Leader: Matt Roth
    Deflection Leader: Victor Oladipo
    Mr. Hustle Award: Will Sheehey
    Best Defensive Player Award: Victor Oladipo
    Leadership Award: Jordan Hulls
    Most Improved Player Award: Victor Oladipo, Will Sheehey, Christian Watford
    Landon Turner Most Inspirational Award: Verdell Jones III
    Student-Athlete of the Year Award: Remy Abell

    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
    "This first young man created an instant impact once he stepped on campus. His talent, his work ethic and the bottom line is that he keeps everything simple."

    Free Throw Leader Award, presented by Calbert Cheaney
    "We have an entire team that works hard, but there is one man who works extremely hard. Not only is he one of the hardest workers, but he's one of the toughest kids I've ever seen and he does everything with class. I've really enjoyed watching him play. I've really enjoyed watching him grow as a player, so it's an honor and a privilege to present our Free Throw Leader Award to Jordan Hulls."

    3-Point Leader Award, presented by Calbert Cheaney
    "This young man has been through tough times over the last four years. He's another kid who exemplifies class and character. He's probably one the purest shooters that I've ever seen and he will go down as one of the best shooters in Indiana University basketball history. It is my honor and privilege to give the 3-Point Leader Award to Matt Roth."

    Deflection Leader Award, presented by Steve McClain
    "If you follow everything we do, after games it gets talked about. If you watch our games and at timeouts, it's one of the biggest things we talk about. The winner for the Deflection Leader Award is Victor Oladipo."

    Hustle Award, presented by Steve McClain
    "As you watch this team, there were a lot of hustle plays. This is an award where the young man that wins it will take a charge and do a lot of the little things all over the floor."

    Best Defensive Player Award, presented by Tim Buckley
    "The first award that I have is voted on by the team, the Best Defensive Player Award goes to Victor Oladipo." Leadership Award, presented by Tim Buckley
    "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
    "This award stands for toughness and tenacity. For a lot of the things I put these guys through so they can perform at highest level it takes those. This player has come into this program has not backed down from anything. I have never seen a guy never back down so I made it harder and it still didn't break him down. The guy that epitomizes toughness and tenacity is Cody Zeller."

    Landon Turner Inspirational Award, presented by Jayd Grossman
    "Demonstration of qualities that we want all player to have - take it upon himself to not let himself fall short. Every one will remember him for having his season cut short. But we will remember him for what he did the two weeks after because no one provided the mature leadership that we needed like Verdell Jones III."

    Hoosier Award, presented by Jayd Grossman
    "This is tough to vote on because the qualities that make up this award is shared by all and exhibited on a daily basis. But the expectations that were put on him and the qualities that make him such a great teammate on a daily basis made it easy to pick, Cody Zeller."

    Student-Athlete of the Year, presented by Marni Mooney
    "A lot of names came to mind since we have a 3.0 team GPA but I had to pick someone who exceeded my expectations. This recipient has never complained no matter how many times he had 8 a.m. class and will stay at study tables late to make sure he is always ready for the next day. He is a fantastic person and I'm so proud to present the student-athlete award to Remy Abell."

    Most Improved Player, presented by Tom Crean
    "This award having a three-way tie sums up the season that we had."

    Outstanding Player Award, presented by Tom Crean
    "It's not the most valuable, it's the one that had the biggest impact. It's how you practice every day and how you make everyone better. But as guys think about the impact he had on the program, it never had anything to do with scoring, but it was his passing. I think he will continue to impact this team and will make everyone better and better and that player is Cody Zeller."




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