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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release

April 11, 2007

2006-07 MBB Team Awards Announced

MARYVILE - The 2006-07 Northwest Missouri State men's basketball team awards were announced at its annual banquet held at the Hangar in Maryville last night (April 10). Junior guard John Hawkins (Independence, Mo.) won two recognitions, the Hardest Worker and the Sixth Man Award. Sophomore forward Hunter Henry (Lenexa, Kan.) won Most Valuable Player honors, senior forward Victor James (Fort Worth, Texas) nabbed the Chris Borchers Award and junior forward Matt Withers (Taylorsville, Utah) was named the Most Improved Player.

The Chris Borchers Award is named after Chris, a four-year player (1998-2002) who was known for his hard work, positive attitude, his character on and off the court and loyalty to the Bearcat program.

Hawkins added to his MIAA All-Defensive team hardware thanks to his ability to perform off the bench. He appeared in all 31 games, starting four of them. His turnover to assist ratio (1.8:1) was tops on the team. He averaged 3.8 points and shot a team-high 80 percent (20-of-25) from the foul line. He found more playing time near the end of the season averaging 25.0 minutes, up from his 19.8 season average. Hawkins is a transfer from North Central (Mo.) College.

Henry finished the season tied for first in the MIAA in field goal percentage (.577), third in scoring (17.6 ppg), fifth in rebounding, (7.5 rpg), and sixth in blocks (1.16). The MIAA Most Valuable Player will enter the 2007-08 season on a 27-game scoring streak of over 10 points -- the second longest since 1992-93 season. He owned nine double-doubles this year including 23 points and 11 rebounds at No. 3 Central Missouri (Jan. 20). He scored a career-high 33 points against Washburn (Feb. 14). The MIAA All-Tournament Team member finds himself in the school's top 10 in single-season scoring (9th), rebounding (8th), blocks (tied-fifth), and field goal percentage (5th).

James ended his career as a four-year letterwinner with 576 career points and 279 career rebounds. He was a part of three regional tournament appearances, one conference title, one conference tournament championship and a 94-33 four-year record. A Crowley (Texas) High School graduate, James is a 46 percent career shooter and enjoyed a banner freshman season when he shot 53 percent and averaged 5.9 points per game.

Withers was recognized for his physical presence on the blocks, typically guarding the best post player from the opposing team. For example, he held Pittsburg State's leading scorer Cory Abercrombie to just eight points and four rebounds in the NCAA South Central Region first-round win, well below his season average of 14.5 points and 5.9 rebounds. Withers ranked second on the team with 4.3 rebounds and a 54.5 shooting percentage. The Taylorsville High School graduate averaged 7.0 points and posted a career-best 48 assists and 11 blocks.

Northwest ended its season in the second round of the NCAA South Central Region Tournament with a 24-7 record. The Bearcats won their 11th overall MIAA Championship, sharing it with Central Missouri. Northwest is expected to return 12 letterwinners and four starters.

2006-07 Awards for John Hawkins
* Sixth Man Award (Team)
* Hardest Worker (Team)
* MIAA All-Defensive Team

2006-07 Awards for Hunter Henry
* DII Bulletin All-America Fourth Team
* NABC All-South Central Region First Team
* Daktronics All-South Central Region First Team
* MIAA Most Valuable Player
* All-MIAA First Team (unanimous)
* MIAA All-Tournament Team
* MIAA Co-Player of the Week (Jan. 2)
* MIAA Player of the Week (Feb. 5, Feb. 19 & Feb. 26)
* Most Valuable Player (Team)

2006-07 Awards for Victor James
*Chris Borchers Award (Team)

2006-07 Awards for Matt Withers
* Most Improved Player (Team)

For more information, please contact:

Media Relations Department, Northwest Athletics
sid@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1118 | Fax: 660.562.1582

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