Sims & Harris Share MVP Award

Dylan Burkhardt
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Photo credit: AnnArbor.com

Last year Manny Harris won the team MVP award and shared it with DeShawn Sims. This year the script was flipped, Sims won the award and brought Harris to the podium to share it. Sims was deserving of the MVP in my mind so the decision seems fitting.

There aren’t too many surprises in terms of who won what award. The most interesting winner was Blake McLimans, who won the Most Improved Player Award. This is great news because Michigan is going to need McLimans to contribute next year and the fact that he’s made strides in practice is certainly encouraging.

Here’s the full list:

Bill Buntin Most Valuable Player Award: DeShawn Sims, Manny Harris
Rudy Tomjanovich Most Improved Player Award: Blake McLimans
Wayman Britt Outstanding Defensive Player Award: Darius Morris
Steve Grote Hustle Award: Zack Novak
Thad Garner Leadership Award: Zack Novak
Travis Conlan Sportsmanship Award: Stu Douglass
Bodnar Award for Academic Achievement: Matt Vogrich
Gary Grant Award for Most Assists: Manny Harris
Loy Vaught Rebounding Award: DeShawn Sims
Award for Outstanding Free Throw Shooting: Manny Harris
Sixth Man Award: Zack Gibson
Iron Man Award: DeShawn Sims
Charge Award: Zack Novak

Some of the more interesting nuggets of the night came from Beilein’s comments to the media before the banquet:

  • Ben Cronin’s scholarship is available and he won’t play again.
  • Akunne is back to walk-on status.
  • Beilein doesn’t anticipate Kelvin Grady returning to the team.
  • Michigan plans to bid for the MHSAA finals.
  • On the coaching change: “I can’t say it’s anything specific; I would just say change is part of a program, and we’re going through that,” Beilein said at the team’s postseason banquet today. “I’ve got to make decisions based on what I think is best for the University of Michigan. … It’s about the future and what I think is our future.”
  • eddieben

    Very encouraging news about Blake. Hopefully Morgan can win the Most Improved award next year with a strong season!

  • eddieben

    Very encouraging news about Blake. Hopefully Morgan can win the Most Improved award next year with a strong season!

  • gpsimms

    wait. so was mahoney “let go” more than left? I thought people liked Mahoney.

  • BeileinsBricks

    Yup…both Mahoney and Dunn were fired.

  • bl11

    GPsimms I will answer your question with a question. If I am employeed and want to get a promotion, would I step down in my current job before I had a new job lined up? I think it is very very likely that Dunn and Mahoney were asked to find other jobs.

  • AG2

    Good for Beilein, trying to get the State finals back to Ann Arbor

  • Brian W

    Definitely. Great idea to bring the high school finals back to Crisler. When the renovations to Crisler and the new player development center are done, the facilities will say a lot about how Michigan feels about basketball, even when the U-M coaches can't talk to the kids during the tournament.

  • msuh8r

    “Beilein doesn’t anticipate Kelvin Grady returning to the team.”

    I dont why this is true… I for one think we could have used him this past year. Judging by the PGs returning, we could likely use him next year as well.

  • msuh8r

    “Beilein doesn’t anticipate Kelvin Grady returning to the team.”

    I dont why this is true… I for one think we could have used him this past year. Judging by the PGs returning, we could likely use him next year as well.