April 4, 2012
RENO, Nev. – The University of Nevada men’s basketball team held its annual Starting Five Dinner tonight and handed out the team awards for the 2011-12 season.
The Wolf Pack has its most successful season for third-year head coach David Carter posting a 28-7 overall record and won the Western Athletic Conference regular-season title with a 13-1 mark. The 28 wins are tied for the second most in school history and the Pack tied the school record with a 16-game win streak during the season. Nevada also advanced to the quarterfinals of the National Invitation Tournament for the first time.
Senior forward Dario Hunt received a pair of individual awards and shared one. Hunt was named Best Defender and Most Inspirational. A three-time All-WAC Defensive selection he led the conference in blocks and his 275 career blocks is the school record.
He shared the Rock Award with sophomore point guard Deonte Burton. The Rock Award is annually presented to the player who represents the identity and foundation of the team, as chosen by the coaches and team
Burton, the 2012 WAC Player of the Year and Honorable Mention AP America selection was named team Most Valuable Player. His 14.8 points per game led the team.
Junior guard Malik Story was named Most Improved. The 6-5 shooting guard averaged 14.1 points per game and shot 41.6 percent from behind the arc.
The Sixth Man Award was shared by the majority of the bench. Patrick Nyeko, Keith Fuetsch, Jordan Finn, Jordan Burris, Kevin Panzer and Devonte Elliott were all recognized for their efforts off the bench this season.
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