PHILADELPHIA - The University of Pennsylvania men’s basketball team held its annual banquet on Sunday, May 5 at The Inn at Penn, presenting three players with awards.
Junior guard Miles Cartwright was presented with the Arthur Kiefaber Most Valuable Player Award. Cartwright finished the year averaging 13.5 points per game, good for fifth among Ivy players, and in conference play he averaged 12.9 ppg which was seventh. Cartwright also was second among Ivy players in assists per game in Ivy play (4.1) and sixth in free-throw percentage (.840).
Junior center Cameron Gunter was recipient of the Bus McDonald Award, given to the program’s most inspirational player. Gunter ended up playing in 26 of Penn’s 31 games this season, averaging 1.5 points and 1.2 rebounds per game. However, he had a strong second half of the season, scoring 30 of his 38 points and grabbing 24 of his 31 rebounds in the season’s final 10 games. Gunter’s best single-game performance came on Feb. 15 at Harvard, where he scored 10 points and snared nine rebounds.
Freshman guard Tony Hicks was recipient of the G. Fred DiBona Award, given to the program’s outstanding newcomer. Hicks ended the season averaging 10.4 points per game overall, a number that jumped to 15.3 ppg in Ivy play which was third. The freshman, who had more than 20 points in four of the Quakers’ last seven games, also finished sixth among Ivy players in three-point field-goal percentage in Ivy play (.429) and eighth in free-throw percentage (.824).