Gardner Named Top Sixth Man For Second Time
March 10, 2014
Marquette University senior forward Davante Gardner has been named the BIG EAST Sixth Man of the Year for the second-straight season and senior center Chris Otule has earned the BIG EAST Sportsmanship Award, the league office announced Monday morning.
An All-BIG EAST Second Team selection in 2013-14, Gardner is ranked among the league leaders in four different categories and owns season averages of 15.1 points and 5.7 rebounds per game. He is one of nine players in the country to lead his team in scoring while starting less than 50 percent of the squad’s games.
Gardner is the first-ever player to win the award, which made its debut in 2007-08, on more than one occasion. Previous winners include Dion Waiters (Syracuse) and Corey Fisher (Villanova).
Otule is the second-straight Marquette player to claim the BIG EAST Sportsmanship Award. Former teammate Junior Cadougan earned the honor in 2012-13. The Richmond, Texas, native is in his sixth season with the Golden Eagles and serves as team co-captain. He has overcome several injuries during his career and has started 123 games for Marquette.