PHILADELPHIA - The University of Pennsylvania men’s basketball team handed out its 2013-14 season awards on Sunday morning at its annual postseason banquet. The banquet took place at The Inn at Penn.
The G. Fred DiBona Award, presented to the Outstanding Newcomer, was given to freshman Matt Howard. Howard played in 17 games this season, missing a majority of the Ivy League campaign due to an injury. He averaged 2.1 points and 1.6 rebounds.
Senior Dau Jok was presented with the Bus McDonald Award as the team’s Most Inspirational Player. One of the team captains each of the last two years, Jok played in 26 of Penn’s 28 games this season and averaged 2.1 points and 1.2 rebounds per game. His best game came at Cornell, where he scored 21 points and snared seven rebounds. In addition to his play at Penn, Jok was honored by both the National Association of Basketball Coaches and the U.S. Basketball Writers Association, and two weeks ago he was named recipient of the Wooden Citizenship Cup which was presented by the organization Athletes For a Better World.
The Arthur Kiefaber Award, given to the team’s Most Valuable Player, was shared this year by senior forward Fran Dougherty and sophomore guard Tony Hicks. It marks the ninth time the Kiefaber Award has been shared, the most recent being 2006-07 (Ibrahim Jaaber and Mark Zoller).
Dougherty was the only Penn player to start all 28 games, and he averaged 12.7 points and 7.3 rebounds which led the team. He finished the season with six double-doubles and 17 double-figure scoring games. Among Ivy League players, Dougherty was second in rebounds per game and field-goal percentage (.552); in Ivy play, he was second in rebounds per game (7.7), third in FG percentage (.559), and ninth in points per game (13.9). Dougherty was a second-team All-Ivy pick by the Ancient Eight coaches, and a two-time Ivy League Player of the Week.
Hicks was an honorable mention All-Ivy pick, and co-Ivy League Player of the Week once. He played in 27 of the Quakers’ 28 games, making 24 starts, and led the team in scoring (14.9 ppg) while finishing second in assists (78) and three-point field goals (37). Hicks had a team-high 21 double-figure scoring games, including six with more than 20 points. Among Ivy League players, he was sixth in overall scoring and 10th in assists per game (2.9); in Ivy play, he was seventh in scoring (14.5 ppg) and ninth in free-throw percentage (.796).