Utah State Men's Basketball Hands Out End Of Season Awards
April 20, 2012
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State men's basketball held a season-ending team-only dinner on Thursday to honor the 2011-12 squad that advanced to the championship game of the CollegeInsider.com Tournament (CIT) and finished the year with a 21-16 record.
In all, Utah State extended its current school records for consecutive 20-win seasons and postseason appearances to 13-straight in 2012 as it is one of just five schools nationally to win 21 games in each of the last 13 years along with Duke, Gonzaga, Kansas and Syracuse. Furthermore, USU's current run of 13-straight postseason appearances is tied for the 11th-longest active streak in the nation.
During the dinner, Utah State recognized four players who received various awards from the Western Athletic Conference during the course of the season in senior guard Brockeith Pane, junior forward Kyisean Reed, sophomore guard Preston Medlin and freshman forward Ben Clifford.
Medlin was named first-team all-WAC in 2012, marking the 13th-straight year that Utah State has had at least one player earn first-team all-conference honors. For Medlin, he is just the second sophomore in school history to earn first-team all-league honors along with Nate Harris (2004).
Joining Medlin on the all-WAC teams in 2012 were Pane who earned honorable mention honors after being named first-team all-WAC as a junior, and Reed who was a member of the league's all-newcomer team. Both Medlin and Pane also earned WAC Player of the Week honors once during the course of the season.
Utah State also had one player earn academic all-WAC honors in 2012 in redshirt freshman forward Ben Clifford. Overall, USU has now had 17 players earn academic all-conference honors a total of 30 times in head coach Stew Morrill's 14 years at the school.
Utah State also had three players named to the CollegeInsider.com All-Tournament team in Medlin, Pane, and senior forward Morgan Grim. During its 2012 CIT run, Utah State set a school-record with its four postseason wins and participated in the school's first-ever postseason tournament championship game.
As for team honors, Medlin was voted the Most Valuable Player, which is 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. Clifford was named the team's Most Inspirational Player, while Grim and Pane were both named the team's Best Defensive Players.
Senior forward Brady Jardine, who played in just three games during the 2012 season before suffering a career-ending injury, was voted by his teammates as the player the Best Represents Aggie Basketball.
Utah State Team Honors H. Cecil Baker Most Valuable Player - Preston Medlin Most Inspirational - Ben Clifford Best Defensive Player - Morgan Grim and Brockeith Pane Best Represents Aggie Basketball - Brady Jardine