Keith Carter Receives Three Awards at Rebel Basketball Banquet

April 20, 1999

OXFORD, Miss. - The Ole Miss basketball team held its banquet for the 1998-99 campaign on Tuesday night, and it turned out to be another salute to the seniors. Keith Carter received three awards, including the team's Most Valuable Player honor, while Jason Smith and Michael White each were honored with two awards.

Carter, who earned All-SEC first team accolades this season, also received the team's Best Offensive Player and the Bonnie "Country" Graham awards. Carter led the Rebels with a 16.4 scoring average and 77 three-pointers made. This season, Carter set the career record for three-pointers made with 249.

Smith picked up the Most Improved Player and Most Rebounds honors. Smith, who was second on the team in scoring at 12.9 points per game, led the Rebels with a 5.6 rebounding average and 73 steals. White was honored with the Rod Barnes' "Heart of a Champion" and Most Assists awards. The senior guard, who led Ole Miss in assists each season of his career, dished out a team-high 97 assists in the 1998-99 season.

Senior Hunter Carpenter was the recipient of the team's Scholar-Athlete of the Year honor. A 1999 Rhodes Scholarship finalist, Carpenter was named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll the last three seasons.

Other award recipients at the annual banquet were sophomore Jason Flanigan for Best Defensive Player and freshman Jason Harrison for Best Free Throw Percentage.

The Rebels finished the 1998-99 season with a 20-13 overall record and an 8-8 SEC mark. Ole Miss advanced to its third consecutive NCAA Tournament in 1999. The Rebels posted their first-ever NCAA Tournament victory with a first-round win over Villanova, 72-70.


 

 

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