FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The Arkansas basketball team held their postseason awards ceremony Monday night.
It was a great opportunity for the players to dress up and have one final look back at everything the year accomplished. Arkansas finished 26-10 and went to Round of 32 in the NCAA Tournament for just the third time in the last 19 years.
These were your 2016-17 award winners:
Academics – Moses Kingsley
This was Kingsley’s third straight year to win this award.
Rebounding – Kingsley
Second straight year for him here. And the obvious choice after grabbing a team-high 7.7 per game this season.
Ironman – Manny Watkins
This one feels like a bit of a career achievement award and if so, it’s deserved. The ex-walk-on hasn’t missed a game in three years. And, well, he did earn his scholarship the hard way. Not bad for a coaches son.
Free Throw – Dusty Hannahs
One of the first tough ones of the night, it came down to Hannahs and Daryl Macon. Macon made more free throws (136 to 108), but Hannahs shot at a higher percentage (.908 to .866)
Assist – Daryl Macon
Macon is a combo guard who was often asked to run the point in Mike Anderson’s offense. He led the team with 80 assists even playing, on occasion, out of position.
Versatility – Jaylen Barford
Barford is built like a point guard. His game excels when he’s slashing. He can spot up and shoot a bit sometimes, too. That versatility coming back next season will be important.
Community Service – Kingsley
The Razorback Service Award goes to Moses Kingsley.
Heck of a job in the community during the last 4 years. pic.twitter.com/RDf5WVlNmI
— Razorback Basketball (@RazorbackMBB) April 11, 2017
Hustle – Anton Beard
Beard made a name for himself two years ago as a freshman for his hustle. Always seemed to be in the middle of things and is regular at taking charges. Junior year was a return to form for him.
Most Improved – Trey Thompson and Watkins
Thompson went from the guy who plays to simply pick up fouls and give Kingsley a break to a real point-forward. His passing for a big man is some of the best in the SEC. His rebounding is solid and his defense is fair. Few saw it coming.
Watkins made his first-ever 3-pointer. That has to count for something.
Offensive Players of the Year – Macon and Hannahs
Hannahs averaged 14.4 points and Macon 13.4. They both shot .387 from 3-point range. Macon made a few more free throws. Hannahs made a few more from the floor. They were near-perfect complementary players for each other all season long.
Defensive Player of the Year – Kingsley
Was there ever any doubt? Kingsley is the only back-to-back SEC All-Defense player in school history. He’s third in school history in blocks. This one was easy.
Performance (MVP) – Kingsley, Watkins and Hannahs
Anderson needed leaders this year at various points through the season. That isn’t just coachspeak. Lots of behind the scenes stuff. The seniors were key in providing it in addition to what they brought on the court. It may seem a cop-out to give it to three players, but without them, Arkansas doesn’t do what it did this year.