April 10, 2013
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue men's basketball program gathered at Mackey Arena on Wednesday evening to put the finishing touches on its 2012-13 season with its 91st-annual banquet. The event was once again sponsored by the Lions Club of Lafayette.
Seniors Dru Anthrop and D.J. Byrd were honored and both addressed the crowd of hundreds of family members, friends and fans in attendance. The festivities also featured remarks from Purdue athletics director Morgan Burke, associate athletics director Tom Reiter and head coach Matt Painter.
Individual awards were distributed at the end of the evening, with junior guard Terone Johnson garnering the prestigious John R. Wooden Most Valuable Player Award. The team MVP award is named in honor of the late Boilermaker legend, 1932 National Player of the Year and first three-time All-American in college basketball history.
Johnson was a third-team All-Big Ten selection by the league's coaches after leading the Boilermakers with a career-high average of 13.5 points per game in 2012-13. He also finished the season with career-best averages of 4.7 rebounds and 2.9 assists per contest, both good for second on the team.
The Indianapolis native led the Boilers in scoring 15 times in 33 appearances this season, reaching the 20-point mark five times and pouring in a career-high 32 points against Michigan on March 6. His performance against the Wolverines represented the highest individual scoring output in a Big Ten game this season.
Johnson also led Purdue in assists nine times and rebounds on six occasions, and produced a pair of double-doubles on the season. With 935-career points to his credit, he is on track to become the 47th member of the Boilermakers' 1,000-point club during his senior season.
Freshman Ronnie Johnson, Terone's younger brother, was a two-time award winner on Wednesday night, taking home the Bob King Assist Award and the Doc Combs "Play Hard" Award.
The team leader with 139 assists on the year, Johnson earned the award named for the longtime Purdue assistant and administrator who exemplified the ultimate in team play. His 139 assists were the second-most by a freshman in program history. He also finished second in the Big Ten with an average of 4.6 assists per game in league play and fifth with a 1.8 assist-to-turnover ratio in conference action.
Johnson was also the recipient of the Doc Combs "Play Hard" Award, bestowed annually to the player who leads the team in a combination of steals, charges taken, loose balls recovered, blocked shots, rebounds and assists. In addition to his gaudy assist numbers, Johnson led Purdue with 33 steals and averaged 3.4 rebounds per outing.
Anthrop was also the recipient of multiple awards on Wednesday, winning the Ray Eddy "Mr. Hustle" Award and the Ward Lambert Award.
The Mr. Hustle Award is given annually by a team vote to the player who displays the greatest amount of determination, drive and leadership. The Lafayette native played in a career-high 21 games this season, making two starts, and posting career highs in nearly every statistical category. He led the Boilers in steals four times and rebounds and assists once each.
Anthrop also garnered the Lambert Award as the Boilermaker with the highest grade-point average over the previous two semesters. He posted a GPA of better than 3.3 over the last two terms, and recently received his third-career Academic All-Big Ten honor. In the summer of 2012, he was honored amongst college basketball elite in the classroom as a member of the NABC Honors Court.
Byrd was honored on Wednesday with his first-career Courage Award, given to the player credited with taking the most charges over the course of the season. The Crawfordsville, Ind., native took 18 as a senior and 38 for his career, endearing himself to Purdue fans as much for his gritty play as his long-range shooting prowess.
Byrd finished his career ranked sixth in program history with 195 three-point field goals, as well as 10th in games played (103) and 52nd in scoring (890).
Freshman center A.J. Hammons rounded out Wednesday's award winners as the recipient of the Rebound Award for leading the team in total boards this season.
Hammons finished the campaign with 204 rebounds, good for third on the program's freshman chart and tops among all Big Ten freshmen. He was named to the league's All-Freshman Team after placing himself among the top three Big Ten rookies in points per game, field goal percentage, total rebounds per game and offensive rebounds per game. He also led the Big Ten with an average of 2.3 per contest in league play.