Men's Basketball
    Jones Named Team MVP At 2011-12 Men's Basketball Awards Banquet

    USC's lone senior Eric Strangis was honored tonight at the men's basketball awards banquet and was named the recipient of the Dr. James Zumberge Award for top GPA.

    March 20, 2012

    Sophomore Maurice Jones was named the 2011-12 USC men's basketball team most valuable player and freshman Byron Wesley took home three awards at the Trojans' annual awards banquet held tonight (March 20) in the Founders Room at the Galen Center.

    Jones was named the Sam Barry Award winner as the team MVP and the Forrest F. Twogood Award winner as the team's best defensive player for the Trojans which finished in the top 20 in the country in fewest points allowed per game. Jones led USC in scoring average (13.0), points (416), assists (111), steals (56), three-pointers made (52), free throws made (78) and minutes played (1221). In just two seasons, Jones has made 125 steals which already rank ninth on USC's all-time list.

    Wesley started all 32 games in his outstanding first season which culminated with him being named the Harold Jones Award winner as the most improved player and the Ryan Francis Scholarship Award winner for being an underclassman who made an impact on the team by the example of what it means to be a Trojan on and off the court. Wesley also grabbed the Bob Boyd Award as USC's top rebounder. Wesley led the team with 163 rebounds and scored 307 points, second among Trojans. His scoring average of 9.6 points per game and his rebounding average of 5.1 per game both ranked third among Trojans on the 2011-12 team. Wesley's rebound total ranks eighth among Trojan freshman all-time and his 130 field goals made rank 10th all-time by a Trojan freshman.

    James Blasczyk was honored with the John Rudometkin Award for 110 percent effort and the Ernie Holbrook Award as being the team's most inspirational player. The junior averaged 3.2 points and 2.9 rebounds in 32 games, making 12 starts. The 7-foot center played much of the season with a bone bruise and mid-right foot sprain which limited him in practice, usually riding a bike during practice and wearing a walking boot between games.



    Sophomore Garrett Jackson won the Bill Sharman Award as the team's top free throw shooter with a 68.2 percentage (30-for-44). Jackson averaged 6.9 points and 3.1 rebounds in 32 games.

    Eric Strangis was the Dr. james Zumberge Award winner as the player with the top GPA on the team for the second consecutive season. The senior played in 24 games, including making five starts. Strangis maintains a 3.43 GPA and will graduate this May with a degree in Sociology.

    The following is a list of all of tonight's award winners:

    Sam Barry Award (MVP) Maurice Jones

    Bill Sharman Award (Top FT Percentage) Garrett Jackson

    Dr. James Zumberge Award (Top GPA) Eric Strangis

    John Rudometkin Award (110% Effort) James Blasczyk

    Ernie Holbrook Award (Most Inspirational) James Blasczyk

    Forrest F. Twogood Award (Best Defensive Player) Maurice Jones

    The Harold Jones Award (Most Improved) Byron Wesley

    Bob Boyd Award (Top Rebounder) Byron Wesley

    Ryan Francis Scholarship Award (Example of Being a Trojan) Byron Wesley