April 17, 2013
VILLANOVA, Pa. - For the second consecutive season, senior forward Mouphtaou Yarou leads the list of award winners announced tonight in conjunction with the 2012-13 Villanova Men's Basketball Banquet held at the Pavilion.
Yarou, a product of Benin, was named the recipient of the Villanova Basketball Award, given each year to the Wildcat player who best embodies the core values of Villanova Basketball by playing hard, playing together and playing with pride.
The senior forward became only the eighth player in program history to record 1,000 or more points (1,068), 800 or more rebounds (836) and 100 or more blocked shots (101) over his four seasons in the Blue and White. He will graduate the Villanova School of Business in May with a double major of Finance and International Business.
The Most Outstanding Player award went to sophomore forward JayVaughn Pinkston. The native of Brooklyn, N.Y. led the Wildcats in scoring (13.3 ppg) and also averaged 5.0 rpg. He was named third team All-BIG EAST and first team All-Philadelphia Big Five.
Fifth year senior forward Maurice Sutton was chosen to receive the Jake Nevin Award. This honor salutes the Wildcat whose selflessness provided an outstanding example to his teammates. The Largo, Md., native finished his VU career with 100 blocked shots, 11th on the all-time list at the school.
The Alexander Severance Award went to freshman guard Mislav Brzoja. It honors the Villanova Basketball player whose hard work and dedication in the classroom demonstrated a commitment to reaching his full potential.
Junior James Bell is the recipient of the Paul Arizin Award, named for the former Wildcat who is enshrined at the Naismith Hall of Fame. It salutes the Villanova player that has improved the most in the past year.
Other honorees included Alumni Appreciation Award recipient Malik Allen (class of 2000); Joseph Walters Special Recognition recipient Bill Gibson (class of 1966); student managers Steve Gazak (Chris Dincuff Award) and Julia Angelos (Teresa and Joseph J. Martini Endowed Scholarship in honor of Randy Foye); and Nova Nation Award recipients Dr. Frank Furman, Dr. Rob Good and Dr. Greg Narzikul.
The 2013 Banquet also honored Dr. Hank Nichols, the longtime Villanova faculty member who was inducted into the Naismith Hall of Fame in September for his work as a college basketball referee.
The 2012-13 Wildcats delivered the eighth 20-win season in the last nine years and also returned to the NCAA Tournament after a one season absence that had been preceded by seven consecutive appearances.