Wise Named Most Valuable Player
April 22, 2001
Kelly Wise was named the University of Memphis basketball team's most valuable player Sunday as the team wrapped up the season with "The Banquet," the U of M's annual awards dinner.
Wise was the only player in Conference USA to average a double-double during the year, posting a 15.3 scoring average while pulling down 10.1 rebounds a game. Wise helped lead the Tigers to a 21-15 record and a third place finish at the TiVo NIT post-season tournament. Memphis ended the year by winning five of seven games in the post season.
In addition to the awards, this year's banquet included a performance of songs by special guest Isaac Hayes. Hayes, who is best known for his role of Chef on the Comedy Central cartoon "South Park" as well as such hits as "(If Loving You is Wrong)I Don't Want to Be Right" and "Walk On By," was also the presenter of the MVP award.
Other presenters at the banquet included FedEx CEO David Bronczek, First Tennessee Bank president John Kelley and musician David Porter. The Rev. Billy Kyles, one of the city's formost members of the Civil Rights Movement, gave the invocation.
Earl Barron was named the squad's most improved player while Shamel Jones was honored with the coach's award. The playmaker award went to Shyrone Chatman who led C-USA in assist to turnover ratio. The sixth man award went to Marcus Moody while Shannon Forman received the team's leadership award.
Other award winners included Nathaniel Root (academic award), Paris London (conditioning award), Courtney Trask (Mr. Hustle), Modibo Diarra (sportsmanship award) and Scooter McFadgon (outstanding newcomer). Wise also received awards for being the squad's leading scorer and rebounder.