Douglas-Roberts, Rose Double Winners at Tigers Team Banquet Sunday
March 9, 2008
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - - Tiger Nation has its eyes on the postseason that starts this week with the Conference USA Tournament, but on Sunday night, it took time to celebrate what the University of Memphis men's basketball squad did during the 2007-08 regular season at the team's annual awards banquet. The festivities took place at The Peabody Hotel in downtown Memphis.
Each of the 13 Tigers took home one honor, including junior Chris Douglas-Roberts and freshman Derrick Rose, both of whom were double award winners. Douglas-Roberts received the team's Leading Scorer Award and the squad's Most Valuable Player accolade, while Rose was honored with the Tigers' Newcomer and Playmaker Awards.
Willie Kemp received the second-annual Charlie Cleaves Best Teammate Award, which was named for the late Charlie Cleaves who passed away during the 2006-07 campaign. Chance McGrady was recognized with the team's Academic Award, and Antonio Anderson was honored with the Defensive Player of the Year Award.
The other winners were: Hashim Bailey and Pierre Niles for the Coaches Award; Robert Dozier for the Versatility Award; Jeff Robinson for the Strength and Conditioning Award; Doneal Mack for Most Improved Player Award; and Shawn Taggart for the Perseverance Award.
The Tigers (30-1, 16-0 C-USA), ranked No. 2 in the Associated Press poll and No. 3 in the ESPN/USA Today poll, return to action Thursday, Mar. 13 when they open play in the Conference USA Championship. Memphis earned a first-round tournament bye and will meet the Marshall-Tulane winner at 6:00 p.m. (CT) on Thursday. Marshall and Tulane face off in a 6:00 p.m. (CT) first-round game on Wednesday, Mar. 12.
Memphis clinched the 2007-08 Conference USA regular season title with a perfect 16-0 record. It was the third-straight C-USA regular season title for the Tigers, and also the second-consecutive year that Memphis won the crown with a perfect 16-0 league mark.
The following is a list of the award winners at the Memphis men's basketball awards banquet:
Versatility Award - Robert Dozier
Strength and Conditioning Award - Jeff Robinson
Academic Award - Chance McGrady
Charlie Cleaves Best Teammate Award - Willie Kemp
Sixth Man Award - Andre Allen
Most Improved Player Award - Doneal Mack
Newcomer Award - Derrick Rose
Leading Rebounder Award - Joey Dorsey
Defensive Player of the Year Award - Antonio Anderson
Perseverance Award - Shawn Taggart
Leading Scorer Award - Chris Douglas-Roberts
Playmaker Award - Derrick Rose
Most Valuable Player Award - Chris Douglas-Roberts