Unsung Player of the Year & All-Unsung Team
March 19th, 2004
announced that Vermont's Taylor Coppenrath was named the
Unsung Player of the Year. The
6-9 junior averaged 24.7 points per game and led the Catamounts to the
NCAA tournament for the second year in a row.
Coppenrath, who missed a month of the season due to a broken wrist,
returned in time for the America East Conference Finals, where he
exploded for a tournament record 43 points. The Vermont native
finished the season 3rd in the nation in scoring, and was named the
America East Player of the Year for the second year in a row.
Coppenrath joined future NBA stars Reggie Lewis, Malik Rose, and
Speedy Claxton as the only players to win the award more than once.
Joining Coppenrath on CHN's All-Unsung Team are guards Darren Brooks
of Southern Illinois, Greg Davis of Troy State, as well as forwards
Odell Bradley of IUPUI and Mike Williams of Western Michigan.
Darren Brooks, a 6-3 junior out of St. Louis, MO led Southern
Illinois to 25 wins including an amazing 17-1 record in the Missouri
Valley Conference. Both a scorer, he led the conference with 16.2 ppg, and a defender, he finished second in steals with
2 spg, Brooks was the most important contributor on a Saluki team that
spent 6 weeks in the Top 25 and made the NCAA Tournament for the 3rd
consecutive season. Brooks was the Missouri Valley Conference's
Player of the Year.
Greg Davis, a junior point guard for the Troy State Trojans,
led Division One in assists with 8.4 per game. Davis, who also
led the team in scoring with 15.5 ppg, helped the Trojans win the
Atlantic Sun regular season with an 18-2 record. Despite scoring
22 points, TSU lost to Central Florida in the conference final, but
was able to continue their season by being invited to the NIT.
Davis was twice a finalist for CHN's Unsung Player of the Week, and
was named the Atlantic Sun's Player of the Year.
Odell Bradley, IUPUI's senior leader, finished the season
averaging 23.1 ppg, 8.5 rpg, and 2.3 apg. The 6-4 small forward
led the Jaguars to 21 wins, the lone Mid-Con team to break the 20-win
mark. The Jaguars lost in the conference finals to Valparaiso,
despite 26 points and 8 rebounds from Bradley. The Nashville, TN
native was named the Mid-Continent Conference's Player of the Year.
Mike Williams, the MAC Player of the Year, led Western Michigan
to a conference championship and a trip to the NCAA Tournament.
A 6-9 power forward, Williams led the Broncos with 18.8 ppg on .536%
shooting. Hailing from Detroit, MI Williams also led his team in
steals, blocks, and was tied for the lead in rebounds with 7.2 per
game. Williams was CHN's Unsung Player of the Week on February
CHN's All-Unsung Team
G Darren Brooks - Southern Illinois (6-3, JR)
G Greg Davis - Troy State (6-1, JR)
F Odell Bradley - IUPUI (6-4, SR)
F ** Taylor Coppenrath - Vermont (6-9, JR)
F Mike Williams - Western Michigan (6-9, SR)
** CHN's Unsung Player of the Year
CollegeHoopsnet.com & the Unsung Player of Year
Each week, members
of CHNís editorial board vote on the weekís top Unsung Player. The
award goes to a player who consistently evades the eye of the national
media despite impressive accomplishments. Players chosen to
CHN's All-Unsung Team or as the Unsung Player of the Year need to have
previously been named the nation's Unsung Player of the Week or one of
the three finalists in any given week.
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Credentialed for many conference tournaments, CHN recently set a new
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For Player of the Week
Past CHN Unsung
Players of the Week
February 26th - Tim Smith (East Tennessee State)
February 19th - Ken Tutt (Oral Roberts)
February 12th - Mike Williams (Western Michigan)
February 5th - Cuthbert Victor (Murray State)
January 29th - Danny Granger (New Mexico)
January 22nd - Josh Lewis (Austin Peay)
January 15th - Alex Loughton (Old Dominion)
January 8th - Taylor Coppenrath (Vermont)
January 1st - Deng Gai (Fairfield)
Past CHN Unsung Player Finalists
Rafael Araujo (BYU), Jose Juan Barea (Northeastern), Aaron Bond (NAU),
Odell Bradley (IUPUI), Darren Brooks (Southern Illinois), Erik Daniels (Kentucky), Greg Davis (Troy State), Yakhouba Diawara (Pepperdine), Ryan Gomes (Providence), Blake Hamilton (Monmouth),
Paul Haynes (Grambling), Vernon Hollins (Wright State),
John Lucas (Oklahoma State), Adam Marks
(Belmont), Chez Marks (Morehead State), Jason McKreith (Rice), Paul Millsap (Louisiana Tech),
Dylan Page (Wisconsin-Milwaukee), Elijah Palmer (Duquesne), Aerick
Sanders (San Diego State), Kirk Snyder (Nevada), Nigel Wyatte
(Wagner), Jitim Young (Northwestern)