Brown Basketball Announces 2016-17 Team Awards At End-of-Year Banquet

Brown Basketball Announces 2016-17 Team Awards At End-of-Year Banquet

For Immediate Release:

May 10, 2017

Providence, R.I. – Head coach Mike Martin '04 and the Brown men's basketball team presented its annual team awards on Sunday, May 7 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Providence, RI.  Awards were presented to the team MVP, top newcomer, biggest impact, scholar-athlete and player who quietly contributes to the success of the team.

The "J. Richmond Fales Trophy" (Team MVP)

Steven Spieth'17 (Dallas, Texas) 

An Academic All-American and First Team All-Ivy selection, Spieth completed his career as Brown's fifth all-time career scorer with 1,367 points. His 117 career starts are the most ever at Brown and second in the Ivy record book, while his 118 games played are first at Brown and rank 11th in Ivy League history. He is fifth all-time at Brown with 136 career steals, eighth in career assists (337), and his 447 career free throws are fourth in the Brown record book.


The "Tom Hoagland Award" (Biggest Impact on Court/In Community)

Tavon Blackmon '17 (Upper Marlboro, MA)

Blackmon is considered one of the top point guards in Brown history He ranked 18th in the Brown record book with 1,166 career points, while his 465 career assists are fourth all-time at Brown and 19th in the Ivy League record book.  He was fourth in the Ivy League with 3.9 assists per game.  Blackmon scored a season high 21 points against Central Connecticut and had 20 points against Morgan State.


The "Bernard V. Buonanno, Jr. '60 Award" (Scholar Athlete)

JR Hobbie '17 (Spring Lake, NJ)

An Economics concentrator, Hobbie is Brown's all-time leader in career treys with 257, fifth best in Ivy League basketball history.  A true long-range marksman, 257 of his 275 career field goals came from beyond the three-point arc.  He scored a career high 23-points against Columbia, with his seven treys against the Lions ranking eighth all-time at Brown.


The "Russ Tyler '71 Award" (Top Newcomer)

Brandon Anderson '20 (Mahwah, NJ) and Joshua Howard '20 (Charlotte, NC)

Anderson ran the point for the Bears, starting 28-of-30 games. He scored a career high 21 points in Brown's win over Penn, connecting on 10-of-11 free throws against the Quakers.  An outstanding defensive presence, he ranked second on the Brown team with 38 steals, seventh best in the Ivy League.

Howard earned starts in 22 of 30 games for the Bears and was Brown's fourth leading scorer with 8.7 points per game. He led the Bears and ranked fourth in the Ivy League in field goal percentage (.518), connecting on 100-of-193 field goals. Howard was named the Ivy League Rookie of the Week for his performance in wins over Bryant, St. Francis Brooklyn and Central Connecticut.


"The "Stan Ward Award"(Quiet Man)

Obi Okolie'19 (Ajax, Ontario)

One of the most versatile members of the Brown squad, Okolie averaged 9.1 points and 4.0 rebounds per game, and was especially effective in Ivy games with 10.3 points and 4.4 rebounds per game. A Economics concentrator, he started 29-of-30 games for the Bears and scored in double figures 16 times, including a season high 18 points at Yale, and 17 points against Albany and in Brown's home game vs. Yale.