CULLOWHEE, N.C. - The Western Carolina men's basketball team and head coach Larry Hunter held their annual seasonal wrap-up with a team dinner on-campus. In addition to the internal recognitions of its awards and honors from the 2016-17 season, Hunter and staff handed out its team superlatives and awards.
Among the awards handed out by Hunter and staff were superlatives for performance both in the classroom and on the court including the yearly statistical leaders. Highlighting those awards in which the Catamount coaching staff voted on was team Most Valuable Player, which was awarded to sophomore Marc Gosselin. The Lyon, France native was one of just two Catamounts to appear in every game this season. The forward averaged 8.9 points and a team-high 6.8 rebounds per game throughout the year. He scored in double-figures 14 times including in the final seven games of the season. He registered four double-doubles while leading the team in rebounding 17 times. He connected on 36.1 percent of his 3-point attempts while finishing third on the team in made 3-pointers. He also led the Catamounts at the free throw line connecting on 80.0 percent of his attempts. He also led the 2016-17 squad in blocks with 21 throughout the year.
Gosselin also took home the Scholar Athlete Award (3.334 GPA), Top Rebounder Award, Best Free Throw Shooter, and Best Offensive Rebounder.
Freshman Adam Sledd was awarded the Most Improved Player. The freshman began the season playing in five of the first seven games and scoring five total points. He averaged just 7.0 minutes a game during that span and just 2.4 rebounds per game. He would go on to play the final 25 games of the season while making 23 starts. He led the Catamounts in shooting percentage at .494 for the season while increasing that number to .505 for conference games. He struggled at the free throw line throughout the year but knocked down 10 of his last 12 attempts of the season. He led the team in rebounding for seven-straight games midway through the season and ripped down a season-high 12 rebounds against the College of Charleston while registering his first career double-double.
Freshman Onno Steger earned the Mr. Hustle Spirit Award after showing up motivated to practice every day and working hard on the court during games. Steger started 21 games for the Catamounts as a true freshman and led the team in made 3-pointers during the season. He was one of just two Catamounts to appear in every game this season. The rookie also ranked second on the team in steals this season while averaging 5.8 points per game. Steger also earned the Best Three Point Shooter Award.
Below is a complete list of the team awards handed out by Hunter and the coaching staff:
Scholar Athlete Award: Marc Gosselin
Best Assist/Turnover Ratio: Devin Peterson
Top Rebounder: Marc Gosselin
Best Offensive Rebounder: Marc Gosselin
Best Three Point Shooter: Onno Steger
Best Free Throw Shooter: Marc Gosselin
Leading Scorer: Haboubacar Mutombo
Most Improved: Adam Sledd
Mr. Hustle Spirit Award: Onno Steger
Most Valuable Player: Marc Gosselin