Men's Basketball Honored At Banquet
April 19, 2001
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State University's basketball team held its annual postseason banquet on Thursday evening, honoring the first USU team in 31 years to win an NCAA Tournament game. The Aggies also tied the school record for wins in a single season with 28 and became the first team ever to win back-to-back Big West Championships.
The Aggies handed out awards that were voted on by the team members, as well as recognizing its two first-team, one second-team, and one honorable mention all-Big West honorees. It was the second straight season that USU had two players named to the league's first-team and four players named to the various all-league teams.
USU also recognized its three players that received player of the week honors on the season, as well as senior guard Bernard Rock (New York, N.Y.) who was named the Most Valuable Player of the Big West Conference tournament and senior forward Shawn Daniels (Bakersfield, Calif.) who was named the league's defensive player of the year.
Daniels was voted the team's MVP by his teammates for the second straight year as he led the Aggies with 11.8 points and 6.8 rebounds and set a new single-season record with 59 blocks. The MVP award was named in honor of the late H. Cecil Baker who played at Utah State from 1923-25 and later coached at USU from 1951-61.
Senior forward Dion Bailey (West Covina, Calif.) was named the most inspirational player by his teammates, while junior guard Tony Brown (Hyrum, Utah) was selected the player that best represents Aggie basketball for the second straight season. Daniels and junior forward Brennan Ray (Chandler, Ariz.) were named the team's best defensive players. Ray shared the award last season with Bernard Rock.
Utah State Team Honors H. Cecil Baker Most Valuable Player - Shawn Daniels Most Inspirational - Dion Bailey Best Defensive Player - Shawn Daniels & Brennan Ray Best Represents Aggie Basketball - Tony Brown