Terry Recognizes 'Dogs at Banquet
    Steven Shepp and Jonathan Wills both contributed to helping change the culture at Fresno State.
    Steven Shepp and Jonathan Wills both contributed to helping change the culture at Fresno State.

    March 16, 2012

    By Stephen Trembley

    FRESNO, Calif. --- First-year Fresno State head men's basketball coach Rodney Terry recognized his team for their hard work and service this past season during the program's annual year-end awards banquet earlier this week.

    "We really wanted to mirror this community," Terry said. "I grew up in a hard-working community. Nothing is given to you. You have to go out and earn it. Punch the clock. Rewards come with that hard work. They never gave up and always fought through adversity. They gave us everything they had."

    Terry and his coaching staff handed out awards to each of the nine Bulldogs on the playing roster.

    Here is the full list of awards:

    Outstanding offensive player: Kevin Olekaibe
    Most assists: Steven Shepp
    Playmaker: Jonathan Wills

    Outstanding defender: Jerry Brown III
    Outstanding rebounder: Tyler Johnson
    Outstanding service: Garrett Johnson

    Outstanding 3-point shooter: Kevin Olekaibe
    Top free throw shooter: Jonathan Wills
    Top field goal percentage award: Jerry Brown III

    Outstanding student-athlete: Grant Hefeng
    Bulldog award: Brad Ely
    Most improved player: Kevin Foster



    Additionally, Terry thanked the donors, support staff and administration during the event that was held on Monday night at Pardini's.

    He took time to honor seniors Steven Shepp and Jonathan Wills, as well as the efforts of the team's athletic training staff under the direction of Brad Floy that helped prevent any Bulldog from missing a single game all season.

    Terry also noted how this year's team laid the foundation for future generations of Bulldogs.

    "We expect our young men to take care of business on and off the floor," Terry said. "We are going to be a team when you walk out of the building that you will be proud of supporting. The game is never over until the final horn goes off and we are always going to compete."

    "We Are Your Team!" - Make sure to follow Fresno State head coach @RodneyTerry on Twitter for updates direct from the head coach and keep checking www.gobulldogs.com for the latest men's basketball information. KMJ 580 AM is the flagship radio home for Fresno State men's basketball.

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