April 10, 2014
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -
At a recent year-end team banquet, head coach Ed DeChellis and the Navy men's basketball program wrapped up the 2013-14 season by honoring its two graduating seniors and handing out the annual team awards.
Senior forward James Loupos and senior guard Thurgood Wynn both spoke at the banquet and former officer representative Cmdr. Doug Brown and Navy Basketball Development Team member Aaron Demers received special recognition.
Loupos was the recipient of two team awards, the David Robinson Award and the Defensive Player of the Year Award. The David Robinson Award is presented to the men's basketball player of the graduating class who has contributed the most to the team's success over his playing career. Loupos will graduate ranked seventh in school history with 117 career games played. He scored 283 career points and had 180 career rebounds. Loupos played in 28 games in 2013-14 with nine starts. He averaged 1.9 points, 1.4 rebounds and 10.0 minutes per game and drew a team-best 14 offensive charges.
Junior forward Worth Smith was the winner of two awards, as he garnered the Rear Admiral Ronald Marryott Award (highest honor bestowed upon a Navy player which is presented for demonstrating a commitment to character, to leadership and to his teammates) and the Paul Evans Most Improved Player Award. Smith scored a team-high 354 points for 11.8 points per game. He also averaged a team-high 5.6 rebounds and had 0.9 blocked shots in 30.1 minutes per game. Smith scored in double figures 20 times and had two 20-point games. After three seasons at Navy, Smith is just one of three players in program history (along with David Robinson and Sitapha Savane) to reach career totals of 850 points, 400 rebounds, 80 blocks and 80 steals.
Junior guard Brandon Venturini
received the Charles McDonough Most Outstanding Player Award. Venturini ranked second on the team with 346 points for an average of 11.5 points per game. He also averaged 3.1 rebounds and 2.9 assists in 28.0 minutes per game. Venturini led the team with 44 total steals for an average of 1.5 per game, while also leading Navy in total assists (86) and 3-pointers made (58). Venturini scored in double figures 20 times and scored 20 or more points in three games. Venturini scored 28 points and made eight 3-pointers, one shy of the school record, in Navy's win over Lafayette on January 5. After three seasons, he already ranks in the top 10 in school history in career 3-pointers made (142) and career 3-point field goals (424).
Junior guard Kevin Alter won the Kevin Sinnett Academic Achievement Award for the second straight season. The Sinnett Award is given to the men's basketball player who demonstrates work ethic, commitment and pride in the classroom and in his efforts to represent the team in the academic arena. Alter carries a 3.40 GPA as an economics major and he has been named to the Superintendent's List three times and the Commandant's List five times. Alter ranks 89th out of 1,107 classmates in Military Order of Merit. Alter averaged 1.8 points in 22 games this season.
Navy (9-21, 4-14 PL) will return all five starters and its top seven scorers for the 2014-15 season.