Gardner Top Sixth Man, Cadougan Earns Sportsmanship Award

Davante Gardner claimed the BIG EAST Sixth Man Award and was honorable mention all-league.

March 11, 2013

Junior forward Davante Gardner has received the BIG EAST Sixth Man Award and senior guard Junior Cadougan claimed the BIG EAST Sportsmanship Award, the league office announced Monday morning.

The Golden Eagles have now claimed a total of five specialty awards in the BIG EAST Conference since 2005-06. Dominic James was named rookie of the year that season, Jerel McNeal followed with top defensive honors in 2006-07 and Jae Crowder was player of the year in 2011-12.

Gardner was one of the league’s most efficient players all season long, posting averages of 11.5 points and 4.8 rebounds per contest in just 21.3 minutes per night off the bench. He is ranked fourth among league players in both field goal percentage (.577) and free throw percentage (.848) and is top-three in both categories in league-only games. He is on pace to finish among MU’s top-10 performers in the season record book as well in those areas.

The Suffolk, Va., native was named All-BIG EAST Honorable Mention on Sunday morning, the first selection of his career. Teammate Vander Blue earned a spot on the All-BIG EAST Second Team, marking the eighth-straight year MU has had at least a pair of honorees.

Cadougan, one of just two players to start all 30 games for Marquette, was recognized by the league’s coaches for his conduct on the court. A team co-captain, the Toronto, Ontario, native averaged 8.6 points and 4.3 assists per outing for the Golden Eagles and has earned MU’s Hank Raymonds Sportsmanship Award during his career.

Marquette earned a share of the 2012-13 BIG EAST Conference regular season title Saturday evening with a win at St. John’s and will open play at the league tourney Thursday night at 8 p.m. CT.




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