Seniors Headline Villanova Basketball Award Winners
April 22, 2009
VILLANOVA, Pa. - Villanova's senior class set a school record for career victories (102) and its members - Dwayne Anderson, Shane Clark, Dante Cunningham, and Frank Tchuisi, headline the award winners to be presented at the 2009 Men's Basketball Banquet this evening.
Anderson and Clark are co-winners of the 2009 Villanova Basketball Award, given annually to the athletes who exemplify the qualities valued most by the program. The two seniors were instrumental in helping the Wildcats advance to the Final Four for the first time since the 1985 NCAA championship.
Cunningham and junior Scottie Reynolds are co-winners of the Most Outstanding Player Award. Cunningham led the Wildcats in scoring (16.1 ppg) and rebounding (7.5 rpg) and was named Most Improved Player by both the BIG EAST and Philadelphia Big Five. Reynolds finished second on the club in scoring at 15.2 ppg and his length of the court charge and basket was the pivotal play in Villanova's 78-76 victory over BIG EAST rival Pittsburgh in the East Regional Final in Boston.
Tchuisi is the winner of the Jake Nevin Award for his selfless dedication to the program.
Reggie Redding, a junior guard from Philadelphia, is this year's recipient of the Paul Arizin Award, presented to the Villanova player who demonstrates the greatest improvement in his game. Sophomore Corey Stokes is to receive the Alexander Severance Award, given annually to the athlete who best combines academic and athletic excellence.
A crowd of better than 800 is expected at the Pavilion for the Banquet to help honor a squad that established a new school record for victories with 30 and posted Villanova's fifth consecutive 20-win campaign.