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Razorbacks host year-end awards banquet

Razorbacks host year-end awards banquet

FAYETTEVILLE — The University of Arkansas men’s basketball team held its annual awards banquet on Monday, April 15 on the floor of Bud Walton Arena, in front of over 350 attendees.

To kick off the evening, junior Kikko Haydar and freshman DeQuavious Wagner earned academic awards for their performances in the classroom.

The awards weren’t done for Haydar as he was also presented with two more awards, beginning with the Iron Razorback Award, which is given to the player who showed a high level of work ethic and determination in the weight room and training room. Arkansas continued its tradition of community service during the 2012-13 season, and also honored Haydar for the second-consecutive year for excelling in that area with the Razorback Service Award.

Freshmen Michael Qualls and Anthlon Bell were both presented with the Most Improved Player Award. Qualls was known as one of the most explosive players for the Razorbacks on the court this season, averaging 4.6 points per game and 5.1 points per game in conference play. Bell played in 29 games this season, with an average of 4.4 points per game.

The Most Outstanding Player Award was given to Marshawn Powell. Powell averaged 14.5 points per contest this season with an average of 5.1 rebounds per game. During the season Powell eclipsed 1,000 points in his career, finishing his career with 1,283 points.

The Razorbacks also handed out a slew of other awards, beginning with junior Coty Clarke taking home the Razorback Free Throw Award after leading Arkansas with an 67.3 percent mark at the line. Powell was the winner of the Chairman of the Boards Award, which went to the Razorbacks’ top rebounder of the year. The Razorback Hustler Award was given to Haydar for his work ethic on the court.

Sophomore Hunter Mickelson was awarded the Rim Protector Award, for the student-athlete who blocked the most shots. Mickelson totaled 111 shots over his two seasons and stands to rank one of the best shot blockers in Razorback history.

Continuing the awards show the coaches presented Clarke with the Coaches Choice Award for his performance on and off the court. The Playmaker Award for his team-leading 105 assists this season was presented to Young.

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