HANOVER, N.H. — The Dartmouth men’s basketball team and head coach David McLaughlin announced its end-of-year team awards today with senior Miles Wright being honored with the A.D. “Dolly” Stark Award as the Big Green’s most valuable player.
Wright, a 6-5 forward from Boston, Massachusetts, was the only Dartmouth player to start all 27 games this season, leading the team in scoring (12.3 ppg) and steals (41) while ranking second in minutes (32.3 pg), field goals made (113), 3-pointers made (50), free throws made (57), free throw percentage (.826) and rebounds per game (4.3). Sixteen times he scored in double figures, topping 20 points three times with a season-high 23 at Harvard to start the new year, and he hauled in a career-best 13 rebounds in a win over Bryant. For his career, Wright is the only Big Green player to score 1,000 points (1,128, 19th all-time), and collect 400 rebounds (449), 100 3-pointers (150) and 100 steals (136) in a career.
The Alvin F. “Doggie” Julian Award for spirit and enthusiasm was bestowed upon senior Cameron Smith for the second straight year. Smith, from Bristow, Virginia, embraced his role as a reserve and worked hard in practice every day to improve not only himself, but his teammates as well. He played in 16 contests during the season, averaging 4.5 minutes and 1.5 points per game, hitting 8-of-18 (.444) field goals and 7-of-11 (.636) free throws while dishing out six assists and swiping the ball three times. He posted a season-high seven points against Vermont in early January with a 3-pointer and an assist.
Sophomore Will Emery, out of San Francisco, California, was honored with the Rudy LaRusso ’59 Award as the team’s most improved player. The 6-9 forward/center played in just 12 games as a rookie in 2016-17, scoring 20 points (1.7 ppg) with seven rebounds (0.6 rpg). This past year, Emery grabbed a starting role in 23 of the 27 games, averaging 7.6 points and a team-best 4.7 rebounds a night while shooting 46.5 percent from the floor. He also swatted 20 shots away on defense and converted more free throws (64) than anyone on the team.
Finally, the John DiIorio ’56 Award for hustle, drive and determination was given to sophomore Ian Sistare of Dublin, New Hampshire, once again. Sistare came off the bench in all 27 contests, as he did a year ago, averaging 13.4 minutes, 3.4 points and 1.8 rebounds, plus found his shooting stroke from the outside along the way with 17 3-pointers to his credit. His efforts against two ACC opponents shined brightest as he hit all eight of his shots — seven from behind the arc — against Notre Dame and Boston College, tallying 14 points versus the Eagles before posting a career-best 15 at Cornell.
Dartmouth completed the regular season 7-20 overall and 3-11 in the Ivy League.