Missoulian Warhank, Davis also honored
Big Sky Conference men's basketball coaches didn't think Montana's Matt Williams was an MVP, but his teammates had no doubts.
Williams was voted by his teammates as the Grizzlies' MVP, Coach Don Holst announced Thursday. The senior from Santa Barbara, Calif., received the C.R. Dragstedt Award that goes to the team's MVP for the second straight year.
"He was not only our MVP, but from our point of view he was the MVP of our league as well," Holst said.
Williams, a unanimous all-Big Sky pick, led the league in rebounding (10.2) and was second in scoring (19.2). He was also a GTE Division I Academic All-American.
Senior Mike Warhank received the Naseby Rhinehart Award (most inspirational) for the second straight year and the Allan Nielsen Award (best represents Grizzly basketball) for the third straight season.
"The fact that Mike has won these awards multiple years signifies the impact of his leadership and commitment on and off the court throughout his career," Holst said. "Mike epitomizes what a Grizzly basketball player should be at our university."
Warhank, a Great Falls native, was Montana's second leading scorer (13.9) last season and an honorable mention all-league pick. Warhank, who played in 115 games in his career, finished as the school's 17th leading scorer with 1,046 points.
The Grizzlies' only other senior, Dominique Davis of San Jose, Calif., received the John Eaheart Award as the team's top defensive player. Davis ranked fourth in the league in blocks (1.3 pg).