Iowa Announces Team Awards at Banquet

May 1, 2011

CORALVILLE, Iowa – – Senior center Jarryd Cole has been named recipient of the Chris Street Award for the 2010-11 men’s basketball season. Cole received the award Sunday at the team’s banquet at the Marriott Hotel and Conference Center.

The Chris Street Award is presented annually to a Hawkeye player, or players, who best exemplify the spirit, enthusiasm and intensity of Chris Street. Street was an Iowa basketball player who died in an auto accident in 1993, midway through his junior year.

Cole, who was the 2009 Chris Street Award winner, becomes only the third Hawkeye to earn the award multiple times. Jess Settles was recognized in 1994, 1996 and 1999, while Adam Haluska was honored in 2005 and 2006.

Cole (6-7, 250) was one of only two Hawkeyes to start all 31 games this season. He ranked second in team rebounding (6.3) and field goal percentage (.568), fourth in scoring (8.0) and steals (26). The Kansas City, Mo., native posted four double-doubles and scored in double figures 13 times. Cole led Iowa in rebounding (6.9) and scoring (12.6), shooting at a blistering 63% clip from the field, the final seven contests.

During his Hawkeye career, he played in all 108 games, with 78 starts. Cole, who battled knee injuries throughout his collegiate career, netted double figures 32 times during his four-year career. He was a career 59% shooter from the floor and posted seven career double-doubles.

Cole was a leader on-and-off the court, serving as a three-time team co-captain and two-time Big Ten Sportsmanship Award honoree.

Other Hawkeyes recognized at the banquet included Melsahn Basabe, Andrew Brommer, Bryce Cartwright, Matt Gatens, Eric May and Roy Devyn Marble.

Basabe, who was recognized on the All-Big Ten Freshman team and an honorable mention all-conference honoree, was named the team’s Freshman of the Year and Best Rebounder. The native of Glen Cove, N.Y., ranked first in team rebounding (6.8), blocks (41) and free throws made (80) and attempted (112), and second in scoring (11.0). Basabe (6-7, 225) became the first Hawkeye rookie to ever amass over 340 points, 200 rebounds and 40 blocks. His 210 rebounds are the most by a Hawkeye freshman, while his 41 blocks and 57% field goal percentage both rank third best by an Iowa freshman.

Cartwright, who was an honorable mention all-league selection, was recognized as the team’s Top Playmaker. The native of Compton, Calif., played in all 31 games, starting the last 26 at point guard. Cartwright (6-1, 180) became only the sixth Hawkeye since 1975 to lead the Big Ten in assists, averaging 6.8 helpers during conference play. He averaged 5.8 assists in all games, which ranked 19th nationally. A duel threat, Cartwright is one of only two Hawkeyes (Andre Woolridge) to ever average better than 10.5 points and 5.8 assists in a season. His 182 assists rank as the fifth most in a season at Iowa.

Gatens (6-5, 215) was honored with the team’s Defensive Player Award. A team co-captain, Gatens was routinely assigned to stop one of the opposition’s top perimeter players. The Iowa City native started all 29 games he played, leading the team in scoring (12.6) and steals (1.3), and ranking second in assists (1.8). One of the country’s most accurate free throw shooters, he ranked 26th nationally in percentage (.874, 76-87). Gatens currently ranks sixth in career Big Ten free throw shooting (.867, 235-271).

Brommer (6-9, 235) and Marble (6-5, 190) shared the team’s Most Improved Award. Brommer, who played in all 31 contests, improved in a number of statistical categories this season. The Rosemount, Minn., native shot at a 57% clip, grabbed 74 rebounds, collected 22 assists and rejected 15 shots.

Marble played all 31 games, starting the final five contests. He averaged 5.7 points, 2.4 rebounds and 1.3 assists as a freshman. Marble posted double figures five times.

May, who was an academic All-Big Ten honoree this season, earned the Academic Award. The native of Dubuque, Iowa, played in 30 games, missing only one game due to injury. May (6-5, 220) tied for first in team steals (38) and ranked fifth in scoring (7.8). The sophomore collected seven steals against SIU-Edwardsville, which ties for fourth most in a game at Iowa.