INDIANAPOLIS - The IUPUI basketball team announced its end-of-year award winners on Thursday night in conjunction with the team postseason banquet, held at Harry & Izzy's downtown. Senior forward Robert Glenn was named Team MVP and junior swingman Leroy Nobles was pegged Most Improved Player.
In addition, senior Billy Pettiford earned the Mr. Defense Award, Jon Avery was given the Coach's Award and Alex Young was named Top Gun.
Glenn was named Team MVP after averaging a Summit League-best 19.8 points per game to go along with his 6.7 rebounds and 1.4 blocked shots per game. The 6-foot-7 Indianapolis-native hit 58.1 percent from the floor and led the league with four 30+ point and 18 20+ point scoring efforts. Glenn earned a slew of postseason honors including First Team All-Summit, a spot on the CollegeInsider.com Lou Henson Mid-Major All-America Team and a First Team All-District 12 spot from the NABC. He closed his two-year career with over 1,100 points and ranks third on the program's all-time list with 100 blocked shots.
Nobles had a breakout campaign as a junior, averaging 13.2 points per game and hitting 42.2 percent from three-point range in 36 starts. The 6-foot-5 Nobles also upped his rebounding output to 4.3 caroms per night and was third on the team at 32.8 minutes per game. The Louisville, Ky.-native hit 45 percent from the floor and scored in double-figures 27 times including a career-high 27 points in the season-opener at Drake. Nobles also made major strides defensively, collecting 29 steals from his wing position.
Pettiford earned strong consideration as The Summit's top defensive player on his way to being picked Mr. Defense by the IUPUI coaching staff. The 6-foot-7 Pettiford set an IUPUI single-season record with 77 steals this past season and also swatted 39 shots, ranking second on the team. He grabbed 157 defensive boards, also ranking second on the squad. Pettiford was one of two Summit League players named to the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Defensive All-America Team after the season. He finished his four-year career ranked among the all-time leaders in rebounds, assists, steals, blocked shots and games started.
Avery picked up the Coach's Award for his contributions to the program over the past four seasons. The 6-foot-7 Avery became the 20th player in school history to amass 1,000 career points this past season, despite coming off the bench in all but 25 games during his four years. He was voted The Summit's Sixth Man of the Year in 2010 after averaging 8.1 points and 4.4 rebounds per game and leading the league in field goal percentage for the third consecutive year. He finished his IUPUI career as the school's single-season and career leader in field goal percentage, hitting 64.1 percent of his tries. He also tied the single-game field goal percentage mark earlier this season, hitting 10-of-10 shots against Oral Roberts on Jan. 14. He is one of only eight players in school history to collect 1,000 points and 500 rebounds in an IUPUI uniform.
Young was named IUPUI's Top Gun after making a team-best 72 threes in 36 games, connecting at a 39.6 percent clip. His 72 threes made tied for the ninth-best single-season in IUPUI history. The 6-foot-6 Young was voted First Team All-Summit after netting 18.3 points and 4.5 rebounds a night in 36 starts. He also ranked among the league leaders with 54 steals and became the 11th in school history to hit over 100 career threes this past season.
Collectively, IUPUI went 25-11 this past season and claimed its first-ever postseason win with a first round College Basketball Invitational (CBI) victory at Hofstra on Mar. 22. The 25 wins were the second most in school history and the 15-3 mark in Summit League play tied a program record. The four-year seniors, Avery and Pettiford, totaled 82 wins during their careers, averaging more than 20 per season since 2006.
IUPUI basketball team announces 2010 award winners
Robert Glenn named MVP and Leroy Nobles pegged Most Improved.
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