4/18/2013 9:50:00 AM
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Junior guard Pendarvis Williams of the Norfolk State men's basketball team was named the Hampton Roads Sports Commission's Offensive Player of the Year at the organization's second annual Celebration of College Athletics on Thursday night at the Marriott City Center.
The awards winner celebrated the seasons of the football, men's and women's basketball teams from all the colleges and universities in Hampton Roads: NSU, Hampton, Old Dominion, William & Mary, Christopher Newport, Virginia Wesleyan College and The Apprentice School. Each university nominated a player for consideration for offensive and defensive player of the year in their respective sport, and a winner was chosen by a committee of the HRSC.
The 2012-13 MEAC Player of the Year, Williams was chosen the top offensive performer in men's basketball among his area counterparts after finishing fourth in the MEAC in scoring at 14.3 points per game. He led the Spartans to a 16-0 MEAC regular season record, the first time since 1993-94 a MEAC team went undefeated in conference play.
The Spartans finished 21-12 overall this year, the second-straight season the team finished with 20 or more wins. NSU earned its second-straight postseason appearance by capturing the MEAC regular season title, falling to Virginia in the NIT first round.
Also the Boxtorow HBCU National Player of the Year and a first-team VaSID all-state selction, Williams tallied 4.5 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.1 steals per game while also shooting better than 45 percent from the floor, 40 percent from 3-point range and 81 percent from the foul line.
Also on Thursday, Apprentice School guard Terrence Palmer was selected the HRSC's Defensive Player of the Year.
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