Men's Basketball: 2017-18 team awards presented at annual banquet

2017-18 Men's Basketball team award recepients.
2017-18 Men's Basketball team award recepients.

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The LaGrange men's basketball team were presented individual awards for the 2017-18 season at the annual banquet. 

Senior Alex Bonner was unanimously voted by his teammates as the Delma Fowler Team Most Valuable Player Award recepient. Bonner led the team and was third in the conference in scoring, averaging 19.2 points per game. He led the team in 10 different categories, including assists (96) and steals (41). Bonner had a career-high 35 points against Huntingdon on Jan. 10. He had a career-best 10 assists against Averett, becoming the first Panther since 2001 to have as many as 10 in a game. During the season, he scored his 1,000 career point and recorded his 500th career rebound. Bonner finished his LC career with 1,378 points and 542 rebounds, becoming the ninth player in the program's history to have at least a 1,000 career points and 500 career rebounds. He is also on the school's career lists for free throws made (6th, 341), free throws attempted (8th, 455), assists (7th, 252), and steals (7th, 137). Bonner is the only player in the program's history to have more than 1,000 points, 500 rebounds, 200 assists, and 100 steals. 

Freshman Lincoln Anderson received the Glenn Simpson Academic Award, given to the player on the team with the highest grade point average. Anderson has a 3.73 cumulative GPA in Psychology. He played in all 26 games and started in two of them, averaging 3.8 points and 2.2 rebounds per game. Anderson had a season-high 14 points in a 76-73 win over William Peace on Jan. 13.

The Hiram Reeves Dedication Award is awarded to the player who has strong character, an unchallenged work ethic, and overall team mentality. The 2017-18 winner is team captain Nate Rosetti. He was selected to the National Association of Baskeball Coaches Honors Court for 2016-17 and 2017-18. He earned USA South Academic All-Conference honors all four years and represented the Panthers on the USA South All-Sportsmanship team this season.  

Senior Michael McCauley received the Cecil Major Defensive Award. McCauley played in 26 games with 14 starts, averaging 6.2 points and 5.2 rebounds per game. He was second on the second on the team in rebounding, third with 17 steals, and third with 21 blocked shots.  McCauley had a career game at Greensboro on Jan. 20, scoring 21 points and pulling down 12 rebounds in a 96-95 win. He was second on the team with three double-doubles during the season. 

Senior captain Duncan Parker received the Al Mariotti Leadership Award that is given to the individual who has shown exemplary leadership through the season.  He was selected to the NABC Honors Court in 2016-17 and 2017-18.  Parker has earned USA South Academic All-Conference honors he past three seasons. He was second on the team in blocked shots with 26 and is eighth on the school's career blocked shots list with 58. Parker had a career-high 12 points against Brevard on Dec. 20.

The team added the Nick Mitchell Most Improved Player Award. Mitchell led LC to a Great South Athletic Conference regular season championship as a freshman. The Panthers won USA South Tournament Championships during Mitchell's junior and senior years, with him being named the tournament's Most Valuable Player. Mitchell was a USA South All-Conference first team selection as a senior and is the only player in LC history to be named to the NABC and D3Hoops.com All-South Region teams.

Junior Jack McCormack is the first recipient of ehe Nick Mitchell Most Improved Player Award. He played in 24 games this season after appearing in only nine the year before. McCormack totaled 205 minutes as compared tolast year's 37. He shot 35 percent from 3-point range, which was second on the team with 50 or more attempts. McCormack set and broke new scoring career highs twice during the season. He had 14 points at Brevard and then scored 15 points later in the season at Ferrum. McCormack shot a team-best 83 percent from the free throw line.