Gulley and Pickens Earn Top Honors at MSU Awards Banquet
March 30, 2014
SPRINGFIELD -- Seniors Jarmar Gulley (F, Beaumont, Texas) and Keith Pickens (G/F, St. Louis, Mo.) were the top award recipients Sunday (March 30) at the annual Missouri State University men's basketball awards banquet, held at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Springfield. Gulley was presented with the Coors Player of the Year Award, while Pickens was selected as this year’s Guy Thompson Award recipient.
The Coors Player of the Year Award is sponsored by Heart of America Beverage and carries with it a $1,500 scholarship to the Missouri State general scholarship fund in the name of the winner. Coors is also the title sponsor of the MSU Player of the Week honors. The weekly and yearly selections are selected by representatives of Missouri State media outlets.
Gulley ranked among the Missouri Valley Conference leaders in three categories this season, finishing fourth in the MVC in rebounding (6.4), fifth in steals (1.6) and ninth in scoring (14.4). His six double-doubles tied for third in the league, and he led the Bears in seven statistical categories. He earned Coors Player of the Week honors a team-high six times this season.
The Guy Thompson Award is presented annually to the men's basketball senior player who demonstrates outstanding character, leadership, athleticism and academic success. The award is named in honor of the former MSU registrar and long-time basketball public address announcer. Pickens earned his degree in Sports Administration last August and returned to the club as a walk-on player for his senior campaign. His tenacity and ability to overcome multiple injuries helped him garner a league-wide reputation as one of the toughest players in the MVC.
Conference award winners Gulley, Austin Ruder (Fr., G, Nixa, Mo.), Ron Mvouika (Jr., G/F, Paris, France) and Nathan Scheer (Sr., G/F, Washington, Mo.) were also honored and presented certificates from the Missouri Valley Conference office.
Gulley was an All-MVC second-team selection as well as the league's Player of the Week on Jan. 13. Ruder earned a spot on the MVC's All-Freshman Team after being named MVC Newcomer of the Week on Feb. 13, while Mvouika also earned MVC Newcomer of the Week honors on Jan. 20. Scheer was named as an MVC Scholar-Athlete first-teamer for the second year in a row and became just the fourth MSU player to land a spot on the MVC's academic all-conference team three straight years.
Other team awards presented were: Assists Award: Dorrian Williams; Rebound Award: Jarmar Gulley; Play Hard Award: Keith Pickens; Academic Player of the Year: Nathan Scheer; and Most Improved Award: Dorrian Williams.
The MSU Coors Players of the Week were also recognized for their contributions this season as follows:
Coors Players of the Year1983 Ricky Johnson1984 Chris Scott1985 Brian Smith-Randy Stange1986 Winston Garland1987 Winston Garland1988 Stan Worthy1989 Hubert Henderson, Kelby Stuckey1990 Lee Campbell1991 Arnold Bernard1992 Jackie Crawford1993 Johnny Murdock1994 Johnny Murdock1995 Johnny Murdock1996 Johnny Epps, Robert Wilkerson1997 Danny Moore1998 Kevin Ault, Ben Kandlbinder1999 Danny Moore2000 Kevin Ault, Allen Phillips2001 Mike Wallace2002 Scott Brakebill, Terrance McGee2003 Terrance McGee2004 Merrill Andrews2005 Tamarr Maclin2006 Blake Ahearn2007 Blake Ahearn2008 Dale Lamberth, Deven Mitchell2009 Chris Cooks2010 Adam Leonard2011 Kyle Weems2012 Kyle Weems2013 Anthony Downing2014 Jarmar Gulley
Guy Thompson Award Recipients1969 Mert Bancroft1971 Chuck Williams1972 Bob Curl1973 Eric Thompson1974 Randy Magers1976 Daryel Garrison1978 Jimmie Dull1980 Larry Lewis1981 Ed Liliensiek1982 Mark Lance1983 Ricky Johnson1984 Anthony Boggs1985 Brian Smith1986 Phil Schlegel1987 Scott Hickox1988 Stan Worthy1989 Kelby Stuckey1990 Chris Stange1991 David Brewer1992 Andre Rigsby1993 Dale Ribble1994 Tom Schellemans1995 Clint Thomas1996 Monte Marsh1997 Coleco Buie1998 Ben Kandlbinder1999 Danny Moore2000 Eric Judd2001 Matt Rueter2002 Scott Brakebill2003 Jason Gilbert2004 Monwell Randle2005 Trevyor Fisher2006 Kellen Easley2007 Tyler Chaney2008 Drew Richards2009 Spencer Laurie2010 Justin Fuehrmeyer2011 Jermaine Mallett2012 Isaiah Rhine2013 Anthony Downing2014 Keith Pickens