Clemson basketball announces award winners at team banquet

by - 2014-04-10 08:53:40.0
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CLEMSON, S.C. - The men's basketball program announced its 2013-14 award winners at the annual year-end banquet Wednesday at the Clyde V. Madren Center Pavilion.

Junior forward K.J. McDanielsK.J. McDaniels
Jr. Forward
#32 6-6, 200
Birmingham, AL

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took home the top honor of the night, the Paul Bowie Most Valuable Player Award. Landry NnokoLandry Nnoko
So. Center
#35 6-10, 245
Montverde, FL

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was named the team's Most Improved, while Rod HallRod Hall
Jr. Guard
#4 6-1, 210
Augusta, GA

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earned the Tiger Pride Award. Sidy DjitteSidy Djitte
Fr. Center
#50 6-10, 240
Fayetteville, NC

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was the recipient of the Tiger Strength Award, while Carson FieldsCarson Fields
Jr. Guard
#2 6-4, 200
Pewee Valley, KY

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took home the Academic Excellence Award. The only non-player accolade handed out Wednesday was the Andy Balliet "Spirit of Clemson" Award. This year's recipient was Kay Meyer, a student assistant in the basketball office.

Paul Bowie Most Valuable Player
K.J. McDaniels
• First-team All-ACC selection, 12th in Clemson history
• ACC Defensive Player of the Year, first in Clemson history
• Led Clemson in points (614), rebounds (255), blocks (100), steals (41) and three-pointers (42) - the only player in the nation to lead his team in all five categories
• Led the ACC with 2.8 blocked shots per game

Tom Lynch Most Improved Player
Landry Nnoko
• Was third in the ACC with 2.0 blocked shots per game
• Increased point total from 31 as a freshman to 226 as a sophomore
• Increased rebound total from 44 as a freshman to 217 as a sophomore
• Increased block total from nine as a freshman to 69 as a sophomore

Tiger Pride Award
Rod Hall
• Junior co-captain led the Tigers with 143 assists, finishing ninth in the ACC in assists per game and assist-to-turnover ratio
• Second on the team in scoring at 9.7 points per game, a career-high

Tiger Strength Award
Sidy Djitte
• Put on 10 pounds of lean mass in just two months after arriving at Clemson
• Increased all major lifts by at least 20 pounds over the course of the season

Academic Excellence Award
Carson Fields
• Second straight year with the team's top cumulative grade-point average
• Industrial engineering major has over a 3.8 GPA

Andy Balliet "Spirit of Clemson" Award
Kay Meyer
• Worked as a basketball office assistant for the past four years and helped plan and execute functions and events, such as the annual alumni reunions and team banquets
• Older brother, Trey, was a men's basketball manager and is now an assistant coach at Miami (Ohio)

Pic Courtesy: Clemson basketball instagram

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