April 15, 2014
VILLANOVA, Pa. - Villanova senior James Bell headlines the list of award winners named in advance of the 2013-14 Men's Basketball Banquet, it was announced today.
Bell, who was honored on Monday night as first player to win both the Philadelphia Big 5 Player of the Year and Most Improved awards in the same season, earns the 2014 Villanova Basketball Award. That honor goes each season to the Wildcats' player who best exemplifies the credo of Villanova Basketball to "play hard, play together, play smart."
The native of Orlando, Fla., led the Wildcats in scoring at 14.3 ppg and tied for the team rebounding lead with 6.1 rpg. In addition to his Big 5 honors, Bell was named first team All-BIG EAST and to the All-District team by the United States Basketball Writers Association.
Juniors Darrun Hilliard and JayVaughn Pinkston were named co-recipients of the Most Outstanding Player award. Hilliard shared the BIG EAST Most Improved Player award with teammate Daniel Ochefu and averaged 14.3 ppg. Pinkston was a second team All-BIG EAST selection and first team pick in the Big 5 after averaging 14.1 points and 6.1 rebounds per contest.
The Jake Nevin award, which recognizes unselfish play, was shared by guards Ryan Arcidiacono and Tony Chennault. Chennault also was honored with the Alexander Severance award for his dedication in the class room.
Ochefu, a sophomore who led the Wildcats in blocked shots and tied for the rebounding honors with Bell and Pinkston at 6.1 rpg, received the Paul Arizin award. That award recognizes the Wildcat who has demonstrated the most improvement in his game over the course of the past season.
George Raveling, Villanova class of 1960, is this year's winner of the Alumni Appreciation Award. Senator Frank Kelly, Villanova class of 1961, is the recipient of this year's of Joseph Walters Special Recognition award. The Nova Nation award goes to longtime Connelly Center director Tony Alfano.
Villanova also recognized Bell, Hilliard, and Pinkston for each moving past the 1,000 point milestone in 2013-14.
The 2014 Banquet celebrated a season in which the Wildcats established a new school record with 28 regular season victories, including a program 16 best in the BIG EAST. The BIG EAST regular season title was the school's first outright conference championship since 1982.
The full list of award winners includes: Villanova Basketball Award: James Bell
Paul Arizin Award: Daniel Ochefu
Alumni Appreciation Award: George Raveling '60
Joseph Walters Special Recognition Award: Senator Frank Kelly
Nova Nation Award: Tony Alfano
Christopher M. Dincuff Memorial Scholarship: Mike Clark
Teresa and Joseph J. Martini Endowed Scholarship in Honor of Randy Foye '06: Nick DiPaola
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