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CollegeHoopsnet.comís Unsung Player of the Year & All-Unsung Team

March 19th, 2004

 

[Taylor Coppenrath]

 

 

CollegeHoopsnet.com announced that Vermont's Taylor Coppenrath was named the 2003-04 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 12th.

 

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

 

About 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.

 

CHN is a nationally respected college basketball website, featuring the work of over 40 writers covering dozens of teams and conferences around the country.  Credentialed for many conference tournaments, CHN recently set a new all-time traffic high with 25,000 page views on March 18th, 2004.

 

For more information, visit http://www.Collegehoopsnet.com

For Player of the Week information, visit http://www.collegehoopsnet.com/specials/pow/

 

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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)

 

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