Men's Basketball Holds Awards Banquet

Written By: Kyler Ludlow, Sports Information Director

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Palm Beach Atlantic men’s basketball celebrated the end of the 2014-15 season at the end of March, celebrating a campaign in which they saw their win total reach double-digits for the first time in the David Balza era.

The Senior Recognition and Awards Banquet is held every year and allows the chance for the coaches to show their appreciation to their graduating class while also allowing each of the seniors to give one final speech to their underclass teammates.

In addition, an awards presentation and viewing of the highlight video is done. Below is a list of the award recipients.

Co-Academic Achievement AwardGaret Tucker & Clayton Williams
        The seniors tied for the highest grade point average on the team this year.
Leading Rebounder Award – Ronnell Ross
        Led the team in rebounding for the 2nd consecutive year, pulling down 7.1 rpg.
Assist Leader Award  - Evin Graham
        Led the team in assists for the 2nd consecutive year, dishing out 92 total assists (3.5 apg)
Charge Leader AwardGaret Tucker
        Led the team in charges taken for the 2nd consecutive year.
Free Throw Award  - Derick Yepes
        Led the team in FT% at 83%.
Fan of the Year Award  - Scott Whitaker & Family
        Great Friends of the Program; spent time with the team on their trip to Washington D.C.
Most Improved Player Award  - Michael Simpson
        His role grew substantially over the course of the season; 5th on team in scoring (7.6 ppg)
Scout Team Award – Devon Giddens
       Did a great job helping to prepare our team.
Defensive Player of the Year Award  - Garet Tucker
        Led team in charges taken and blocked shots. 3rd in rebounding. Terrific help defender.
Offensive Player of the Year Award  - Evin Graham
        Led the team in scoring (14.4 ppg), assists (3.5 apg) and steals (2.0 spg). Shot 46%.
Heart & Hustle Award  - Clayton Williams
        Mr. Energy.  The heart and soul of our team.
Leadership Award – Ronnell Ross
        2-year captain. Member of SAAC. The team’s organizer and verbal leader.
Coach’s TEAM Award  - Garet Tucker
        Exemplified what it means to be a PBA Sailfish. Terrific Christian young man. Excellent    student. A leader of men. A gentleman off the court who gives of his time to Workship &    PBA. Leads and performs at a high level on the court.

Palm Beach Atlantic says goodbye to five seniors, who will be highlighted in a feature article next week.

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