EAST LANSING — On Monday, the Michigan State Spartans announced their team award recipients for the 2012-2013 regular season.
Freshman Gary Harris and junior Keith Appling split the team MVP award this season, as Harris was selected by his teammates and Appling was selected by the media. Harris, who was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year as well, averaged 13.2 points per game and shot 47 percent from the field. He also shot 42 percent from the 3-point range during the regular season. Appling led the Spartans in scoring with 13.5 ppg and also led them with 3.7 apg.
Also, both Appling and Harris split the John E. Benington Best Defensive Player Award. It is the third consecutive year earning the award for Appling. He is second on the team in steals with 42 and Harris is third with 41.
Junior Adreian Payne had a field day at this year’s award banquet. The big man won the Most Improved Player Award, the Jumping Johnny Green Chairman of the Boards Award and the Scholar-Athlete Award. This is Payne’s second straight year receiving the Scholar-Athlete Award. Payne is third on the team in scoring, averaging 10.1 points. He also leads the team with 7.5 rpg, which ranks fourth in the Big Ten. Last season, Payne averaged 7.0 points and 4.2 rebounds.
Derrick Nix, MSU’s only senior, was voted to receive the Antonio Smith Glue and Guts Award, as well as the Stephen G. Scofes Inspirational Player Award.
Freshman Denzel Valentine was the recipient of the Unsung Player Award this season as he averages 5.1 points, 4.1 rebounds and 21.3 minutes per game. The Lansing, Mich. native played in every game this year and started in 15 of them.
Dan Chapman collected the Tim Bograkos Walk-on Award for the second straight year. Chapman has appeared in nine contests this season and is an intricate part of the scout team.