Weems Earns Coors Player of the Year at Bears Postseason Awards Banquet
Isaiah Rhine Selected for Guy Thompson Award
April 9, 2012
SPRINGFIELD -- For just the sixth time in Missouri State's Division I era, the recipient of the team's player of the year honor is a repeat winner. Senior Kyle Weems, who led the Bears in scoring and rebounding this season while earning All-MVC first-team honors, was announced as MSU's Coors Player of the Year on Monday evening (April 9) at University Plaza at the team's annual awards banquet.
Weems joins fellow multiple winners Winston Garland (1986-87), Johnny Murdock (1993-94-95), Danny Moore (1997, 99), Kevin Ault (1998, 2000), and Blake Ahearn (2006-07) on the list of the program's all-time greats.
The Coors award has been given annually since 1982-83, the year Bears athletics moved to NCAA Division I. The award is jointly sponsored by Coors of the Ozarks and the Adolph Coors Company of Golden, Colo. The award carries with it a $1,500 scholarship to the Missouri State general scholarship fund in each sport in the name of the winner. Coors also sponsors Player of the Week honors. The weekly and yearly selections are selected by representatives of Missouri State media outlets.
The Topeka, Kan., native finished No. 2 on the Missouri State career scoring list (1,868) and tops in program history in games played (134) and double-figure scoring games (110). He also finished among the Bears' all-time top five performers in rebounds (844), minutes (3,981), field goals (681), field goal attempts (1,550), three-pointers (240), three-point attempts (641), blocked shots (114) and steals (146). He is the only player in Missouri Valley Conference history to score 1,800 points, collect 800 rebounds and hit 200 three-pointers. He was a six-time MVC Player of the Week, 24-time Coors Player of the Week, and three-time all-conference honoree.
Also Monday, senior Isaiah Rhine (C, Versailles, Mo.) was selected as the 2011-12 recipient of the Guy Thompson Award. The award is presented annually to the men's basketball senior player who demonstrates outstanding character, leadership, athleticism and academic success. The Thompson Award is given in honor of former MSU registrar and long-time basketball public address announcer Guy Thompson.
Rhine earned MVC Scholar-Athlete second team honors this season after playing 27 games, including two starts. His 55 points this season was a career best for a season, and he played in 105 career games during his four seasons at MSU.
Weems was named to the All-MVC first team and claimed MVC Player of the Week once this season. Including an All-MVC second-team honor as a sophomore, Weems became a three-time all-conference pick.
Rhine and Scheer were both named to the MVC Scholar-Athlete second team, while Patterson landed a spot on the MVC Most-Improved Team. Downing was a four-time MVC Newcomer of the Week and earned MVC All-Newcomer distinction, while Bizoukas and Gulley each claimed MVC Newcomer of the Week honors twice each.
The Bears, who finished 16-16 overall and tied for third place in the Missouri Valley Conference this season, are expected to return five lettermen -- all with starting experience this season -- and 49 percent of their scoring for the 2012-13 campaign.
Coors Players of the Year 1983 Ricky Johnson 1984 Chris Scott 1985 Brian Smith-Randy Stange 1986 Winston Garland 1987 Winston Garland 1988 Stan Worthy 1989 Hubert Henderson, Kelby Stuckey 1990 Lee Campbell 1991 Arnold Bernard 1992 Jackie Crawford 1993 Johnny Murdock 1994 Johnny Murdock 1995 Johnny Murdock 1996 Johnny Epps, Robert Wilkerson 1997 Danny Moore 1998 Kevin Ault, Ben Kandlbinder 1999 Danny Moore 2000 Kevin Ault, Allen Phillips 2001 Mike Wallace 2002 Scott Brakebill, Terrance McGee 2003 Terrance McGee 2004 Merrill Andrews 2005 Tamarr Maclin 2006 Blake Ahearn 2007 Blake Ahearn 2008 Dale Lamberth, Deven Mitchell 2009 Chris Cooks 2010 Adam Leonard 2011 Kyle Weems 2012 Kyle Weems
Guy Thompson Award Recipients 1969 Mert Bancroft 1971 Chuck Williams 1972 Bob Curl 1973 Eric Thompson 1974 Randy Magers 1976 Daryel Garrison 1978 Jimmie Dull 1980 Larry Lewis 1981 Ed Liliensiek 1982 Mark Lance 1983 Ricky Johnson 1984 Anthony Boggs 1985 Brian Smith 1986 Phil Schlegel 1987 Scott Hickox 1988 Stan Worthy 1989 Kelby Stuckey 1990 Chris Stange 1991 David Brewer 1992 Andre Rigsby 1993 Dale Ribble 1994 Tom Schellemans 1995 Clint Thomas 1996 Monte Marsh 1997 Coleco Buie 1998 Ben Kandlbinder 1999 Danny Moore 2000 Eric Judd 2001 Matt Rueter 2002 Scott Brakebill 2003 Jason Gilbert 2004 Monwell Randle 2005 Trevyor Fisher 2006 Kellen Easley 2007 Tyler Chaney 2008 Drew Richards 2009 Spencer Laurie 2010 Justin Fuehrmeyer 2011 Jermaine Mallett 2012 Isaiah Rhine