Men's Basketball Celebrates 2011-12 Campaign With Awards Banquet

DJO and teammates met with fans Wednesday at Renaissance Place.

April 11, 2012

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The Marquette University men's basketball team officially concluded its 2011-12 campaign Wednesday night with the squad's annual awards banquet, held this year at 1451 Renaissance Place in Milwaukee.

Over 400 people attended the event, which was hosted by former MUTV Sports Director Brad Galli. A total of 16 award winners were recognized and presenters included members of the staff, as well as video messages from Jimmy Butler, Joseph Fulce, Lazar Hayward and Wesley Matthews.

All fans in attendance had the opportunity to interact with the players and coaches prior to the start of the official program, which included the 2011-12 highlight video (produced by Sports32) and a bloopers reel of the game elements used on the video board at the Bradley Center during home games.

The 2011-12 award winners and team/individual accomplishments are listed below.

2011-12 Marquette Men's Basketball Award Winners

Hank Raymonds Sportsmanship Award - Jamail Jones
Dwyane Wade Legacy of Leadership Award - Jae Crowder
Standard of Academic Excellence - Juan Anderson & Jake Thomas
Rebounding Effort - Jae Crowder
Create for Others - Junior Cadougan
Sixth Man of the Year - Todd Mayo
Most Improved Player - Vander Blue
Defensive Player of the Year - Jamil Wilson & Jae Crowder
Best Performance in a Supporting Role - Matt Perkins (IT Services)
Wesley Matthews "Just Today" Award - Chris Otule
Lazar Hayward "Everyday Tough" Award - Junior Cadougan
Rob Frozena "We Are Marquette" Award - Jamil Wilson
Joseph Fulce "WDYL? 1%" Award - Derrick Wilson
Jimmy Butler "Only Now Exists" Award - Davante Gardner
"Sacrifice For The String" Award - Darius Johnson-Odom
Most Valuable Performer - Jae Crowder & Darius Johnson-Odom

2011-12 Team/Individual Accomplishments


  • 27-8 overall (second-most wins in school history)
  • 14-4 BIG EAST (tied for most conference wins in school history)
  • 2nd place in BIG EAST (best-ever finish)
  • Back-to-back Sweet 16 appearances (first time since 1977)
  • Seventh-straight 20-win season
  • Seventh-straight NCAA Championship appearance
  • Seventh-straight BIG EAST Championship quarterfinal appearance
  • Nationally ranked each week of the season
  • 2011 Paradise Jam Champions
  • Ranked 11/10 in the final polls (highest final ranking since 2002-03)
  • Undefeated in league play at home for first time in school history
  • 22 national television broadcasts
  • First time since 1977-78 MU has had two All-America selections
  • Finished 13th in the nation in attendance (15,138 per game), sixth-straight top-15 finish


Jae Crowder

  • BIG EAST Player of the Year All-BIG EAST
  • First Team Second Team All-America (Associated Press)
  • John R. Wooden Award All-America Team
  • NABC Division I All-America Third Team NABC All-District 5 Second Team
  • Two-time BIG EAST Player of the Week
  • NABC All-Star Game Selection (Most Valuable Player)
  • 44th MU player to score 1,000 career points (5th player to do it in two years)
  • 2nd-best single-season steals total at MU (88)
  • Preseason All-BIG EAST Honorable Mention

Darius Johnson-Odom

  • All-BIG EAST First Team
  • Honorable Mention All-America (Associated Press)
  • NABC District 5 First Team
  • 11th all-time at MU in scoring (1,649)
  • Finished fourth at MU in 3-pointers made (221) and eighth in 3-pointers attempted (549)
  • Ninth all-time at MU in 3-point field goal percentage (40.3)
  • BIG EAST Player of the Week
  • Preseason All-BIG EAST First Team

Junior Cadougan

  • 10th-best single-season assist total at MU (183)




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