Ole Miss Basketball Hands Out Team Awards

April 13, 2004

OXFORD, Miss. - The Ole Miss men's basketball team handed out its team awards and honored two of the greatest seniors in school history at its 2003-04 awards reception Tuesday on campus.

One-half of that senior group, Justin Reed collected a pair of awards. The forward from Jackson, Miss., earned the Rebound Award, as he topped the club this year with an average of 7.5 boards per game, which ranked sixth in the Southeastern Conference.

Reed also picked up the Free Throw Award, as he registered a 73.1 percentage from the charity stripe. This year's SEC scoring champion with an 18.5 average, Reed wrapped up his career as the first Rebel to earn All-SEC honors all four years and the first two-time Wooden Award candidate from a Mississippi college. He finished fifth at Ole Miss in career scoring and sixth in rebounding.

Fellow senior and childhood teammate Aaron Harper took home the team's Assist Award, posting 91 on the year for a 3.25 per game mark. He ranked ninth in the SEC in assists, eighth in scoring (16.5 ppg), fourth in three-pointers (2.39 3pg), seventh in three-point percentage (.387) and 10th in field goal percentage (.445). Harper is the Rebels' all-time leader in threes with 278 and is tied for sixth on the SEC career list. He also ranks eighth at Ole Miss in career assists and 10th in both points and steals.

Justin Johnson led a trio of juniors to receive honors, earning the Best Defensive Player Award. A guard from Fayetteville, N.C., Johnson finished third on the team in steals and posted a career-high six in a victory over Alabama. After only four starts his first two years, Johnson started all but five games in 2003-04, including a 20-point performance at Arkansas.

Chris Rhodes claimed the W.L. "Mr. Bill" Watt Award, which is given to a player that perseveres and has a "never-give-up" attitude. A 6-foot-8 forward from Houston, Rhodes played in every game and was a defensive stalwart on the blocks for the Rebels. He made his first eight career starts, including wins over LSU, Alabama, Arkansas and No. 23 South Carolina.

In the final award of the evening, point guard Cavadas Nunnery was the recipient of the Rod Barnes "Heart of A Champion" Award, which is bestowed upon an Ole Miss player who - like Barnes - strives for excellence on and off the court. A native of Magnolia, Miss., Nunnery ranked second on the team in steals and third in assists. In the Auburn win, he recorded four steals, four assists, five rebounds and six points. It marked one of three games of four or more steals for Nunnery.

2003-04 Ole Miss Basketball Award Winners
Rebound Award - Justin Reed
Assist Award - Aaron Harper
Free Throw Award - Justin Reed
Best Defensive Player - Justin Johnson
W.L. "Mr. Bill" Watt Award - Chris Rhodes
Rod Barnes "Heart of A Champion" Award - Cavadas Nunnery

 

 

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