Sean Banks Named Conference USA Freshman Of The Year
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March 9, 2004

CHICAGO, Ill. - Memphis forward Sean Banks has been named the Conference USA Freshman of the Year, the league office announced Tuesday. The award was voted on by the league's coaches and media members.

Banks was also selected to the C-USA All-Freshman team. He was joined on the team by East Carolina guard Mike Cook, Charlotte center Martin Iti, Marquette guard/forward Dameon Mason and DePaul guard Sammy Mejia.

Banks burst on the Conference USA scene this season, leading the league's freshmen in scoring (18.0) and in rebounding (6.9), while also ranking among the league's leaders in three-point field goal percentage (.392) and blocked shots (27). He has scored 20 or more points 12 times, including each of the last six outings. He scored a career-high 29 points against Charlotte on Jan. 17 and nearly matched that at Cincinnati this past Saturday, netting 28. The 6-8 Banks is the only player in Memphis basketball history to hit at least six three-pointers in a game on four different occasions. Over his last six games, Banks is averaging 25.5 points per game. Banks is the second Memphis player to earn Freshman of the Year honors in the last three years, joining Dajuan Wagner in 2002.

Cincinnati guard Tony Bobbitt, who ranks fourth in the nation in scoring among reserves, was chosen as the Conference USA Sixth Player of the Year, while Charlotte swingman Eddie Basden was tabbed as the conference's Defensive Player of the Year.

2003-04 CONFERENCE USA FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
Sean Banks, Memphis, F, 6-8, 210, Oradell, N.J./Bergen Catholic

2003-04 CONFERENCE USA SIXTH PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Tony Bobbitt, Cincinnati, G, 6-4, 185, Sr., Daytona Beach, Fla./Southern Idaho

2003-04 CONFERENCE USA DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Eddie Basden, Charlotte, G/F, 6-5, 205, Jr., Washington, D.C./Eleanor Roosevelt

2003-04 CONFERENCE USA ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM
Sean Banks, Memphis, F, 6-8, 210, Oradell, N.J./Bergen Catholic
Mike Cook, East Carolina, G, 6-2, 220, Philadelphia, Pa./New Hampton (N.H.) Prep
Martin Iti, Charlotte, C, 7-0, 240, Sydney, Australia/Mt. Zion (N.C.) Academy
Dameon Mason, Marquette, G/F, 6-5, 180, Aurora, Ill./West Aurora
Sammy Mejia, DePaul, G, 6-6, 195, Bronx, N.Y./Storm King Prep

 

 

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