March 31, 2015
By Scott Wortman, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@TieDyeNation)
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Wake Forest held its annual basketball team banquet on Monday evening in the Snead Room at Bridger Field House. The Demon Deacons handed out a number of team awards during the event.
New this year, the team awards were each named after prominent former Demon Deacons.
Chris Paul Community Involvement Award - Aaron Rountree III
Rountree was actively involved on campus and in the Winston-Salem community. He was recognized for his efforts by being nominated for the NABC Good Works Team for the second straight season. He was one of seven players in the ACC nominated for the award. Rountree is an active member of Wake Forest's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and will graduate with a degree in communication and a minor in economics in August.
Len Chappell-Dickie Hemric Best Rebounder Award - Devin Thomas
Thomas led the Deacons in rebounding for the third straight season. The 6-9 junior averaged 8.8 rebounds per game to rank fourth in the ACC. He was also third in the league in defensive rebounds and 10th in offensive boards. Thomas' 12 double-doubles on the year second in the league.
Charlie Davis Best Free Throw Percentage Award - Mitchell Wilbekin
Wilbekin was the team's top free throw shooter at 73.2 percent (30-of-41) on the year. The freshman guard was one of the team's best all-around shooters as well. He shot a team-best 38.6 percent from 3-point range, making 49-of-127 from long range. Wilbekin was the team's fifth-leading scorer with 7.2 points per game.
Rodney Rogers Offensive Talent Award - Codi Miller-McIntyre
Miller-McIntyre was named honorable mention All-ACC after averaging 14.5 points, 4.8 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game. He ranked 11th in the ACC in scoring, seventh in assists and 10th in field goal percentage. Miller-McIntyre is the first Deacon since Jeff Teague in 2009 to lead the team in both scoring and assists.
Ishmael Smith-Jeff Teague Most Improved Player Award - Konstantinos Mitoglou
Mitoglou was one of the most productive freshmen in the ACC this season. The 6-10 Greek forward was the team's third-leading scorer with 9.7 points per game. He also went 52-for-135 for 38.5 percent from 3-point range, making the third-most 3-pointers of all-time by a Wake Forest freshman. Mitoglou was named ACC Rookie of the Week on Feb. 16, becoming the first Greek-born player, and just the seventh European-born player, to earn a weekly award from the ACC.
Randolph Childress Leadership Award - Grant O'Brien
O'Brien completed his third season as a non-scholarship player for the Deacons. However, O'Brien's role went beyond the scout team this past season. He was routinely inserted at the end of games for his defense. It was O'Brien who defended Richmond's would-be game-winning layup to give Wake Forest the opportunity to go down and win the road game on Devin Thomas' tip-in. O'Brien played in 13 games on the year and finished with seven points and four rebounds.
Josh Howard Best Defender Award - Codi Miller-McIntyre
Miller-McIntyre was an honorable mention All-ACC selection and was one of the top all-around players in the league. In addition to his offensive prowess, Miller-McIntyre also averaged 4.8 rebounds per game, which was nearly two rebounds more than his career average coming into the year. He had 32 steals on the season to rank second on the team.
Tim Duncan Deacon Award - Doug Niedrich
Niedrich was a four-year letterwinner as a non-scholarship player for the Deacons. He appeared in 14 career games, including seven in ACC play and seven this past season. Niedrich is set to graduate with honors in May with a degree in finance.