Johnson Earns Four Awards at Annual Razorback
BY ANDRES FOCIL
SPRINGDALE, Ark. – Freshman Joe Johnson earned four awards including most valuable player honors in the annual Razorback Basketball Awards banquet held at the Northwest Arkansas Convention Center on Monday night.
Johnson was selected as the team’s MVP in a vote by his fellow teammates. The Little Rock, Ark. native also earned the free throw (highest free throw percentage), Chairman of the Boards (best rebounding average) and scoring (best scoring average) awards.
Sophomore T.J. Cleveland was the other big winner on the night garnering three awards. The guard earned the Hogman award recognizing the player that takes the most charges in a season. He also was recognized as the Defensive Player of the Year and the assist leader on the squad.
Freshman Blake Eddins picked up the most improved player award while Teddy Gipson was recognized with the sportsmanship award. Junior Brandon Davis was selected as the Eric Poershcke “Mr. Razorback” recipient for the player best exemplifying the Razorback spirit.
Sophomore Dionisio Gomez was recognized for his academic work with the Razorback Basketball academic award. Senior Chris Walker was this year’s recipient of the Ironman award recognizing the most minutes played by a Razorback.
Arkansas head coach Nolan Richardson entertained the crowd with his look back at the 1999-2000 season. Richardson said the accomplishments of his squad after overcoming obstacle after obstacle made the season one of the most rewarding in his 15 years at Arkansas.
“This young bunch will go down in history as one of my favorite teams because of all the things they went through,” Richardson said. “They came back and laid it on the line night after night. I’m awfully proud of how this team stuck together and never gave up.”
Video highlights of the 1999-2000 campaign and Richardson’s 15-year tenure at Arkansas capped the memorable evening.
Arkansas finished the season with a 19-15 record including the first Southeastern Conference Tournament championship in school history. The Hogs made their 15th straight postseason appearance with a trip the NCAA South Region in Nashville, Tenn.
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