April 18, 2009
BELLINGHAM, Wash. -
Senior guard Ira Graham (Fontana, CA) was named recipient of the team's Most Outstanding Player award for the second straight season at the annual Western Washington University men's basketball banquet held Saturday afternoon at the Bellingham Golf and Country Club.
That honor was voted on by the players as was the Most Improved Player, which went to redshirt freshman Rory Blanche (Ashland, OR) and the Joe Morse Most Inspirational Player, which was shared by senior center Calin Schell (Chelan) and senior forward David Brittinen (Hoquiam).
Graham, who averaged a team-leading 19.1 points, was named a fourth-team All-American by Division II Bulletin, first-team NABC West District and Daktronics West Region all-star and Great Northwest Athletic Conference Player of the Year. He finished his four-year career with 1,465 points, tying him for seventh among school leaders.
Blanche also was named recipient of the Fred Lewis Memorial Winter Scholar-Athlete award, with Graham being the Practice Free Throw champion and Schell getting the Price Visser Rebounding Award.
Junior guard Morris Anderson (Federal Way/Highline CC) was the Chuck Randall Coaches Award winner, with senior forward Steve Alford (Bakersfield, CA) being named Defensive Player of the Year, sophomore guard Anthony Wiederkehr (So., Lakewood) the Rich Baxter Hustle Award and freshman Cameron Severson (Petersburg, AK) and Dave Vanderjagt (Townsville, Australia) getting a special certificate for Player Rotation Value.
Western finished 21-6, won the school's first outright GNAC championship with a 13-3 mark and reached the first round of the NCAA Division II West Regional.