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Last year Manny Harris won the team MVP award and shared it with DeShawn Sims. This year the script was flipped, Sims won the award and brought Harris to the podium to share it. Sims was deserving of the MVP in my mind so the decision seems fitting.
There aren’t too many surprises in terms of who won what award. The most interesting winner was Blake McLimans, who won the Most Improved Player Award. This is great news because Michigan is going to need McLimans to contribute next year and the fact that he’s made strides in practice is certainly encouraging.
Here’s the full list:
Bill Buntin Most Valuable Player Award: DeShawn Sims, Manny Harris
Rudy Tomjanovich Most Improved Player Award: Blake McLimans
Wayman Britt Outstanding Defensive Player Award: Darius Morris
Steve Grote Hustle Award: Zack Novak
Thad Garner Leadership Award: Zack Novak
Travis Conlan Sportsmanship Award: Stu Douglass
Bodnar Award for Academic Achievement: Matt Vogrich
Gary Grant Award for Most Assists: Manny Harris
Loy Vaught Rebounding Award: DeShawn Sims
Award for Outstanding Free Throw Shooting: Manny Harris
Sixth Man Award: Zack Gibson
Iron Man Award: DeShawn Sims
Charge Award: Zack Novak
Some of the more interesting nuggets of the night came from Beilein’s comments to the media before the banquet:
- Ben Cronin’s scholarship is available and he won’t play again.
- Akunne is back to walk-on status.
- Beilein doesn’t anticipate Kelvin Grady returning to the team.
- Michigan plans to bid for the MHSAA finals.
- On the coaching change: “I can’t say it’s anything specific; I would just say change is part of a program, and we’re going through that,” Beilein said at the team’s postseason banquet today. “I’ve got to make decisions based on what I think is best for the University of Michigan. … It’s about the future and what I think is our future.”