Boise, Idaho - Several Broncos were awarded for their hard work both on and off the court as the men's basketball team presented individual accolades for the 2009-10 season, April 18.
Ike Okoye earned team MVP and the Hard Hat Award, for the team's top rebounder, after finishing the season averaging 12.9 points and 7.9 rebounds per game. The Sacramento, Calif., native finished second in the conference in defensive rebounds (6.16 rpg), fifth in blocked shots (1.44 bpg), seventh in rebounding (7.9 rpg), ninth in field goal percentage (.595) and 14th in scoring (12.9 ppg). He earned a WAC Player of the Week honor during the first part of the season.
Capturing the award on the defensive side of the ball was junior La'Shard Anderson, who was honored as the team's best defender. Anderson led the conference in steals (2.59 spg), while finishing ninth in both assists (3.63 apg) and assist-to-turnover ratio (1.49), and 13th in free throw percentage (.729). In addition, the junior set a single-season assist record after dishing out 151 assists this season.
Off the court, it was senior Kurt Cunningham who led the Broncos in the classroom. The Sharpsville, Ind., native claimed the academic award, which goes to the player with the team's top GPA. Cunningham completed him bachelor's in Marketing last spring and is working on completing his master's in Athletic Administration.
Junior walk-on Justin Salzwedel was named the winner of the Jeff Foster Memorial Award, honoring the most inspirational player.
Freshman Sam Hicks and junior transfer Daequon Montreal split the honor for the Most Improved Player. Montreal averaged 10.8 points, the third highest scoring average on the team, earning him a spot on the WAC All-Newcomer team. Not to be overshadowed was Hicks, who improved dramatically during his freshman year as he redshirted.
Also being honored was senior Anthony Thomas as he was awarded for playing in a Boise State record 129 games all while becoming the 19th player in school history to score 1,000 or more points.