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USF’s MVP: Anthony Collins

Posted Apr 18, 2012 by Joey Johnston

Updated Apr 18, 2012 at 10:16 PM

In a decision that should surprise absolutely no one, freshman point guard Anthony Collins was named the John and Cynthia Ruzic Most Valuable Player for the University of South Florida men’s basketball team during Monday night’s awards banquet.

Collins was the pivotal player for USF, which went 22-14 and came within one victory of reaching the NCAA tournament’s Sweet 16. Collins also claimed the team’s free-throw shooting award (84.7 percent).

USF coach Stan Heath said Collins, from Houston, was initially spotted by assistant coach Reggie Hanson. When Heath got his first look, he immediately wanted to offer a scholarship. And when Collins settled into a regular starting role this season, Heath said he knew USF had found its permanent point guard.

Other award-winners:

Academic Award—Toarlyn Fitzpatrick.

Defensive Player of the Year— Hugh Robertson.

Most Improved Player Award— Victor Rudd Jr.

Mr. Clutch—Shaun Noriega.

Chairman of the Boards— Toarlyn Fitzpatrick.

Bull Pride Award—Ron Anderson Jr.

Chris Howard Perseverance Award— Augustus Gilchrist.

Mr. Highlight—Jawanza Poland.

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