Navy Men's Basketball Hands Out Team Awards
April 23, 2013
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- The Navy men's basketball team put a wrap on its 2012-13 season with its season-ending banquet as head coach Ed DeChellis handed out team awards and accolades at the event.
Sophomore guard Kevin Alter (Rumson, N.J.) was named the recipient of two awards. He was the winner of the Kevin Sinnett Academic Achievement Award (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) as well as the Rear Admiral Ronald Marryott Award (the highest honor bestowed upon a Navy basketball player, the Rear Admiral Ronald Marryott Award is given to the player that embodies what a Navy basketball player is about). Alter earned the academic award after posting a 3.53 GPA during the fall semester and owning a 3.21 cumulative GPA in three finished semesters. An economics major, Alter has been named to the Commandant's List three times and the Superintendent's List once.
Alter also won the Rear Admiral Marryott Award after averaging 4.0 points per game and connecting on 29 three-pointers, the third-highest total on the team despite playing just 10.5 minutes per game. Alter, who stands just 5-7 and weighs just 144 pounds, had big games against Navy's toughest competition, scoring 18 points in 10 minutes against MEAC regular-season champion Norfolk State, tallying 14 points and drawing two charges in Navy's 59-50 win over Army and netting 15 points against Patriot League champion Bucknell. In each of the contests, Alter had the crowd and TV and radio announcers lauding him for his all-out effort, toughness, humility and desire to help the team succeed in any way possible. Alter is typically one of the first players on the team to arrive at practice and then one of the last players to leave after practice.
Sophomore guard Brandon Venturini (Allendale, Mich.) was named the recipient of the Paul Evans Most Improved Player Award after averaging 8.8 points per game and 1.4 assists per game. He finished the year with 67 three-pointers, the ninth most in a season in school history and the fourth most by a player during his freshman or sophomore season. After averaging 2.8 points per game as a freshman, Venturini increased his scoring by 6.0 points from last year to this year, the second-best improvement in scoring among all Patriot League players. He scored a Navy-season high 23 points against Lafayette, connecting on seven three-pointers in the process, the seventh most in a game in school history. He also dished out 42 assists, the third-best total on the team, while recording an assist-to-turnover ratio of 1.40 (42:30). He enters next season having made a three-pointer in nine straight games and made at least three trifectas in 13 games this past season. He currently has 84 three-pointers in his career. Venturini and freshman guard Tilman Dunbar (Woodbridge, Va.) were the only players on the squad to start all 31 games.
Sophomore forward Worth Smith (Mooresville, N.C.) was named the Charles McDonough Most Outstanding Player honoree after leading the Midshipmen in scoring (10.2 ppg), rebounding (5.4 rpg), blocked shots (37) and steals (35). Smith became the second Navy player in school history (David Robinson) to amass 500 points, 300 rebounds and 50 blocks by end of his sophomore season and now has 513 points, 312 rebounds and 59 blocked shots for his career. He was the only player in the Patriot League with 300 points, 150 rebounds, 35 blocks and 35 steals, and was one of seven freshmen or sophomores nationally to reach those marks. Smith led the team with 21 double-figure scoring games and paced the squad in rebounding in 19 of the 31 games. He tallied a career-high 19 points with eight rebounds at Holy Cross on Feb. 12, and in two games against Army, Smith averaged 15.0 points per game, 8.5 rebounds per game and 2.0 blocks per game while shooting 11-of-21 from the field. He scored in double figures in 11-of-14 Patriot League games and grabbed at least eight rebounds in 10 contests as a sophomore.
Navy will return 12 letterwinners and five starters for the 2013-14 campaign.
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