April 4, 2001
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -
University of Louisville senior guard Marques Maybin was honored as the Peck Hickman Most Valuable Player at the 2000-01 Cardinal Basketball Awards Dinner on Wednesday (April 4) at the Cascade Ballroom of the Kentucky International Convention Center.
A four-year starter from Clarksville, Tenn., Maybin was the Cards' leading scorer for the second straight season (17.7 average). He scored 20 or more points in 14 of the Cards' 31 games and ranked fifth in Conference USA in scoring. He poured in a career-high 30 points against both Murray State and DePaul.
Maybin rose to 11th in all-time scoring at U of L with 1,624 career points, third best ever in Conference USA. He produced 78 career double-figure scoring efforts (26 as a senior) and is third in career three-pointers at U of L with 156.
Senior guard Rashad Brooks was named U of L's Most Improved Player. Brooks broke into the starting lineup over the last 13 games, averaging 6.1 points and 2.2 rebounds on the season. He averaged 8.9 points over the last 16 games. He had a career-high 21 points, five rebounds, three assists and just one turnover in the final game of his career, vs. UAB in the Conference USA Tournament (3-7-01).
Sophomore guard Reece Gaines received the Cards' Best Three-Point Shooter and Most Assists awards. Gaines was Louisville's assist leader (3.3, 12th in C-USA) and No. 2 scorer (13.9). He led C-USA in three-point percentage , hitting 42.6 percent of his threes (40-of-94). He scored in double digits in 21 games, including a career-high 28 points at Tulane when he hit five-of-eight three-pointers.
Junior forward/center Joseph N'Sima was honored with the team's Best Defensive Player, Best First-Year Player and Rebounding Awards. N'Sima averaged 2.6 points and a team-leading 5.6 rebounds as a starter in 22 games. He blocked a shot in 28 of 31 games, leading the Cardinals with 55 blocks (sixth in C-USA). The junior college transfer had season-highs of nine points and 10 rebounds twice.
Junior forward Hajj Turner received the Cards' Best Field Goal Percentage award. Turner was the only Cardinal to shoot above 50 percent from the field (.507, 37-of-73), averaging 3.0 points and 2.1 boards on the season. He started six games for the Cards, posting career-highs of 12 points and eight rebounds against Murray State.
Sophomore guard/forward Erik Brown received an award for the Best Free Throw Percentage. A double-figure scorer in 14 of his 24 games, Brown was the Cardinals' third-leading scorer (10.2). He made his first 14 free throws of the season before missing against Houston (33-of-41 on the season, 80.5 percent). He scored a career-high 20 points against both Charlotte and DePaul.
Freshman center Muhammed Lasege earned the team's Scholar-Athlete Award. An economics major, Lasege started 15 games for the Cards after becoming active on Dec. 23. He had a career-high 12 points, five rebounds and two blocked shots against Marquette.
Freshman guard Bryant Northern was honored with the Most Inspirational Player award. The walk-on guard saw action in all 31 games, ranking fourth on the team with 23 three-pointers. He scored in double figures on five occasions, including a career-high 13 against Dayton.
Freshman guard Simeon Naydenov received the Coaches' Award. A freshman from Sofia, Bulgaria, Naydenov scored a season-high six points against Houston, hitting two-of-five three-point goals. He scored 22 points on the season in 20 appearances.
The Cardinals posted a 12-19 record in Coach Denny Crum's 30th and final season at U of L (675-295 career record).