Burton, Huang win top senior student-athletes awards at Nevada

Martie and Russell awards won by basketball star and champion diver

Martie and Russell awards won by basketball star and champion diver

May 22, 2014

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RENO, Nev. - Deonte Burton and "Grace" En Tien Huang have won the 2013-14 Doc Martie and Ruth I. Russell Awards, respectively as the University of Nevada most outstanding senior student-athletes, athletics director Doug Knuth announced today.

The men's award is named for J.E. "Doc" Martie, a former Nevada men's basketball coach and administrator, while the women's honor is named for Ruth I. Russell, a former director of women's athletics. Student-athletes are nominated by their head coaches and must be in their final year of eligibility and in good academic standing.

The award winners are nominated by their head coaches and selected in a vote by the athletics department staff.

"Congratulations to Deonte and Grace for capturing these top honors amongst a number of worthy candidates," Knuth said. "They have both enjoyed tremendous careers at Nevada and leave a legacy of accomplishments."

Burton started every game (130) of his career at Nevada and ranks second all-time in scoring in school history with 2,102 points. As a senior, he led Nevada to a pair of wins over UNLV and a third-place finish in the Mountain West while earning first-team All-MW accolades. He was also named to the All-District VIII team by the United States Basketball Writers Association. He was named the team's Most Valuable Player in 2013-14 for the third consecutive season.

Huang captured Mountain West Diver of the Year honors at the 2014 MW Championships. She also earned honorable mention All-America honors after competing in the 3-meter event at the 2014 NCAA Championships. At the MW Championships, she won the 1-meter and the platform events while finishing second in the 3-meter. She earned All-MW honors a total of six times during her career.

Huang is the second-straight member, and fifth overall, of the Wolf Pack swimming and diving program to win the Russell Award as former teammate Mengjiao Mi won last year.

Burton is the 17th Wolf Pack men's basketball player to win the Martie Award.

Student-Athlete of the Week Athlete of the Week

Dec. 30-Jan. 5

Nyasha LeSure

Women's Basketball

Junior Nyasha LeSure started off 2015 in a big way, scoring a career-high 18 points during a 76-53 Mountain West opening win at Air Force. The 6-0 forward came off the bench and she shot 70 percent (7-of-10) from the floor and was a perfect 4-of-4 from the foul line. LeSure also added five rebounds, a career-high three assists and a season-high two blocked shots to her stat line for the day.

View all 2014-15 honorees.


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