HANOVER, N.H. — The Dartmouth men’s basketball team and head coach Paul Cormier announced the team awards for the 2011-12 season at a team gathering on Monday evening, with freshman Jvonte Brooks being honored as the recipient of the A.D. “Dolly” Stark Award as the Big Green’s most valuable player.
Brooks, a 6-6, 215-pound forward from Santee, Calif., led Dartmouth in scoring at 9.4 points per game, including 10.9 points a night within the Ivy League. He scored in double figures in exactly half of the Big Green’s 30 games, more than anyone on the roster, and seven times led the team in scoring. On four occasions, Brooks was honored as the Ivy League Rookie of the Week, and he also registered four double-doubles during his first collegiate season. He poured in a season-high 18 points at Penn and grabbed 13 rebounds — tied for the most by any Dartmouth player this season — the night before at Princeton.
Three other awards were bestowed upon players, beginning with the Alvin F. “Doggie” Julian Award for spirit and enthusiasm which was given to junior Matt LaBove The 6-9 center from Lancaster, Mass., played in every game this season, scoring a season-high 10 points against Vermont. Despite seeing his playing time diminish with the emergence of several freshmen, LaBove continued to push himself and his teammates throughout the season, offering encouragement to all of those around him.
Sophomore Tyler Melville, a 6-2 point guard from Plano, Texas, was rewarded with the John DiIorio ’56 Award for hustle, drive and determination. After a slow start to the season, Melville doggedly worked to improve his game and get back into the regular rotation. He offered a glimpse of what was to come once the new year began, scoring 12 points against Bucknell. After playing two solid games off the bench against the eventual Ivy League champion, Harvard, Melville was thrust into the starting lineup for the remainder of the Ivy season, averaging 8.3 points per game in the league.
Finally, the Rudy LaRusso ’59 Award went to freshman John Golden as the most improved player. A 6-6 wing from Freehold, N.J., Golden struggled with an inconsistent shot over the first 11 games, hitting just 10-of-40 (.250) from three-point range. But he started to settle in and became a dead-eye marksmen for the last 19 contests, drilling 26-of-54 (.481) from beyond the arc. He finished the year third on the team in rebounding (3.4 rpg) and fourth in scoring (7.3 ppg).