FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Freshman Ronnie Brewer was named the team’s most valuable player and senior Billy Pharis picked up the Mr. Razorback award at the Arkansas basketball banquet on Monday.
Brewer, who also won the Chairman of the Boards award for leading the team in rebounding (5.5), was named the team’s MVP after averaging 12.2 points, 3.4 assists and 2.0 steals a game. A second-team freshman All-American by Rivals.com and a member of the Southeastern Conference’s all-freshman team, he was the only player to start all 28 games this year.
Brewer led the team in scoring four times this year, in rebounding a team-high eight times and in assists a team-high 15 times.
Pharis, who also earned the team’s academic award, picked up the Mr. Razorback award for his dedication to the team. A College Sports Information Directors of America Academic All-District VI selection with a 3.86 grade point average in political science, Pharis transferred to UA from SMU last year and sat out the 2003 season while playing this year as a walk-on. He started 18 of 28 games and averaged 5.5 points and 2.9 rebounds a game. He led the team in scoring twice, and in rebounding and in assists three times each.
Freshman Olu Famutimi, who averaged 7.0 points and 3.5 rebounds a game and made the SEC’s all-freshman team with Brewer while also earning honorable mention freshman All-America honors from Rivals.com, was named the team’s most improved player. He averaged 9.1 points and 3.3 rebounds over the last eight games of the year.
Sophomore Eric Ferguson was voted the team’s defensive player of the year and also earned the free throw award with a percentage of 85.7 (48-56), a major improvement over last year’s percentage of 60 percent (51-85).
The Mr. Hustle award went to sophomore Rashard Sullivan, who played in 26 games with 10 starts and averaged 1.2 points, 3.0 rebounds and a team-high 1.1 blocked shots per game.