BOULDER – The University of Colorado men’s basketball team celebrated the 2013-2014 season with its end-of-the-year banquet Wednesday evening at George Boedecker Jr. Practice Gym.
The Buffaloes capped the season with their third straight NCAA Tournament appearance and fourth-straight 20-win season.
CU finished the campaign 23-12 and a 10-8 Pac-12 Conference record. The 23 wins were the third-most in school history and the 10 wins in conference play tied five others schools for third overall. Due to head-to-head scenarios and tie-breakers, CU was the fifth seed at the conference tournament.
Among the awards presented Wednesday night were the Jay Humphries Assist Award (Askia Booker) and the Stephane Pelle Rebounding Award (Josh Scott) for most assists and rebounds, respectively during the season.
Awards voted by the players were the Chauncey Billups MVP Award (Josh Scott); Most Improved (Xavier Talton); Best Defensive (Wesley Gordon); and the Most Inspirational (Askia Booker).
In addition, Booker was named the Shoulder to Shoulder Award recipient. This honor recognizes an underclassman demonstrating on a consistent basis a strong work ethic, performance in the classroom and has a positive impact on the academic culture of the program.
During the 2013-2014 season, the Buffaloes performed a number of feats including being nationally ranked for six-straight weeks in the Associated Press Top-25 poll and five-straight weeks in the USA Today Coaches’ poll.
CU was ranked as high as No. 15 in the AP and No. 17 in the coaches’ poll. It was CU’s longest stay in the national polls since 1996-97 where they resided the last eight weeks in the AP poll of the 1997 season.
Head coach Tad Boyle and his staff continued success in the win column having generated 92 wins, the most victories in any four-year span of the program, including an impressive 60-9 record (.870) at the Coors Events Center.
The coaching staff also performed a post-season feat never seen in the annals of CU basketball, guiding the team to four-straight post-season tournaments (2010-11 NIT semifinal; 2011-12 NCAA 3rd Round; 2012-13 NCAA 2nd Round; and 2013-14 NCAA 2nd Round).
Listed below are Wednesday night’s award recipients, in addition to past winners over the last four years:
Jay Humphries Assist Award (CU’s all-time leader with 562 and played from 1980-1984)
2013-14: Askia Booker – led CU in assists with 116.
2012-13: Spencer Dinwiddie – led CU in assists with 99.
2011-12: Nate Tomlinson – led CU in assists with 108.
2010-11: Alec Burks – led CU in assists with 112.
Stephane Pelle Rebounding Award (CU’s all-time leader w/ 1,054 and played from 1999-2003)
2013-14: Josh Scott – led CU in rebounding (295) tying for 14th overall in a single season; 295 ranks 10th all-time by a forward.
2012-13: Andre Roberson – led CU in rebounding for the third straight season (347). The 347 rebounds are the second most ever in a single season. Roberson also set the school record for most rebounds by a junior.
2011-12: Andre Roberson – broke the school-record for rebounds in a season with 401, in addition to setting the school mark for defensive rebounds in a single-season with 290.
2010-11: Andre Roberson – set the freshman rebounding record with 297, and became the first freshman in school history to lead team in rebounds, steals (51) and blocks (42).
Chauncey Billups MVP Award (voted by the players)
CU’s last All-American named in 1997, eighth overall in school history. In two years with the Buffaloes, Billups led the Buffs to the NCAA Tournament [second round]; Averaged 18.5 points, 5.6 rebounds, 5.1 assists in 55 games played. Also made 120 three-pointers and shot 85.7 percent from the free throw line.
2013-14: Josh Scott – Led the Buffaloes in scoring (14.1) and rebounding (8.4), along with a team-best 51.1 field goal percentage from the field. He also shot 81 percent at the free throw line and was named All-Pac-12 Conference first team. His 493 points ranks sixth by a forward, and 10th by a sophomore. Scott also had 40 blocks and led the Buffs in scoring & rebounding in the same game 11 times.
2012-13: Spencer Dinwiddie – Led CU in scoring with 15.3 points per game and a team-best 82.5 percent from the free throw line. He was also named a Pac-12 Conference first team selection and his 15.3 average was tied for the eighth in the conference (all games). Dinwiddie also led the Buffs with eight, 20+ point scoring games.
2011-12: Carlon Brown – Led the Buffs in scoring in his only year (12.6 ppg.). Brown earned the Pac-12 Tournament Most Outstanding Player award helping the Buffs win four games in four days en route to the conference championship. In four games, Brown averaged 15.8 points, 4.8 rebounds 2.3 steals per game. He shot 50 percent from the field and scored the game-winning basket with an uncontested dunk in the final seconds against Arizona in the conference title game.
2010-11: Alec Burks – Led CU in scoring with a 20.5 points per game average, the highest scoring average in a single season over the 20-point plateau in 16 years. Burks also scored a school record 779 points breaking a 40-year mark. Also unanimous Big 12 Conference selection, he also led the Buffs in assists (112).
Most Improved Player (voted by the players)
2013-14: Xavier Talton – Recorded season highs in every category compared to a year ago. From points (170, 4.9 ppg.), rebounds (76), assists (55), steals (20) to 3-pointers made (28) and minutes played (724, 20.7).
2012-13: Xavier Johnson – Ranked first on the team in field goal percentage (51.5) and averaged 8.9 points (fifth on team) and 4.8 rebounds per game (third on team). In 18 starts: 51.4 FG% (1st); 5.9 rpg. (2nd); 71 FGM (2nd); 11.0 ppg. (t-3rd); 19 treys (3rd); 9 blocks (3rd). On the all-time freshman list was No. 8 in rebounding (159); No. 13 in points (295); No. t-13 blocks (15).
2011-12: Austin Dufault – Averaged a season-best 11.1 points and 4.4 rebounds per game during his senior year. Also recorded a season-high in three-pointers (23), assists (33), defensive rebounds (107), field goals made (151), attempts (311), and minutes played (975).
2010-11: Levi Knutson – Saved his best season for last, finishing third in team scoring with an 11.7 points per game average and making 81 three-pointers, the most by a CU player since 2003-04. He also shot a season best 50.6 percent from the field, in addition to 47.4 percent of his shots from the three-point arc. Knutson also grabbed a season-best in rebounds (110), steals (22), blocks (2), and tied a season-high in assists (31). Knutson was named co-Big 12 Conference Sixth Man of the Year.
Best Defensive Player (voted by the players)
2013-14: Wesley Gordon
2012-13: Andre Roberson
2011-12: Nate Tomlinson
2010-11: Cory Higgins
Most Inspirational Player (voted by the players)
2013-14: Askia Booker
2012-13: Sabatino Chen
2011-12: Austin Dufault
2010-11: Levi Knutson
Shoulder to Shoulder Award (recognizes an underclassman that demonstrates on a consistent basis a strong work ethic, performance in the classroom and has a positive impact on the academic culture of the program).
2013-14: Askia Booker
2012-13: Josh Scott
2011-12: Shane Harris-Tunks