2011-12 Wake Forest Basketball Team Awards
April 30, 2012
MURRAY GREASON AWARD
Junior guard C.J. Harris and sophomore forward Travis McKie were co-recipients of the Murray Greason Award, which goes annually to the player who has accomplished outstanding athletic achievement and most impacted his teammates through hard work, determination and season-long effort.
Harris and McKie both earned All-ACC honors after finishing in the top six in the league in scoring. Harris led the team and ranked fourth in the ACC with 16.7 points per game, as the junior guard earned third team honors. McKie, who earned honorable mention All-ACC kudos, was the team's second-leading scorer with 16.1 points per game and leading rebounder with 7.0 boards per game.
In addition to ranking fourth in the league in scoring, Harris also led the ACC in minutes played (35.1) and ranked third in free throw percentage (84.4) and sixth in field goal percentage (47.7). Harris, who missed one game with a groin injury, scored in double figures in 29 of 30 games this past season.
Harris enters his senior season ranked second among active ACC players in career points (1,136), trailing only Miami's Durand Scott. He ranks 36th all-time in scoring at Wake Forest with a chance to crack the top 15 with another solid season.
McKie, who also received the Murray Greason Award in 2010-11, started all 31 games and ranked among the ACC's best in minutes played (34.5, 4th), scoring (16.1, 6th), field goal percentage (47.8, 5th) and rebounding (7.0, 12th). McKie turned in five double-doubles, all in ACC play, on the year. McKie enters his junior season ranked fourth among active ACC players with 12 career double-doubles.
SKIP PROSSER AWARD
Freshman guard Chase Fischer received the Skip Prosser Award, which was created in 2008 to honor the late Prosser. The award goes to the player who best represents the values and virtues displayed by Coach Prosser, including integrity, character, trustworthiness and an emphasis on academics.
Fischer turned in a solid rookie campaign in 2011-12, averaging 6.3 points and 1.5 assists in 26.1 minutes per game. The team's fifth-leading scorer, Fischer went 39-for-122 (32 percent) from 3-point range and finished with the seventh-highest single-season 3-pointer total for a Wake Forest freshman. The Deacons went 6-3 in games in which Fischer scored in double figures.
Off the court, Fischer earned the school's King Fisher Society Student-Athlete of the Week Award on Dec. 9. The weekly award goes to a student-athlete who excels both athletically and academically.
MOST IMPROVED PLAYER
Senior Nikita Mescheriakov was named the team's Most Improved Player for 2011-12. The 6-8 forward from Belarus started all 31 games for the Deacons and averaged 8.0 points, 3.9 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game in his final season on campus. A transfer from Georgetown who played two seasons with the Deacons, Mescheriakov developed into a reliable offensive option this past season. He was the team's fourth-leading scorer and finished in double figures in 12 games, including eight during conference play.
Mescheriakov finished the season strong, scoring in double figures in five of the last seven games. Over the final three games of the season, Mescheriakov averaged 15.3 points, 4.7 rebounds and 3.0 assists while shooting 58.1 percent from the field.
BEST DEFENSIVE PLAYER
Senior Ty Walker received the team's Best Defensive Player award. The 7-0 center led the ACC in blocks during conference play, averaging 3.0 per game. Walker finished his career with 144 blocks, ranking fifth on the school's all-time list. His career average of 2.1 blocks per game is second in program history to only Tim Duncan. Walker registered 52 total blocks this past season, which is tied for the 12th-highest single-season total in school history. He played in 20 games and had at least one block in all but one of those games.
McKie was named the team's Best Rebounder for the second straight season. The 6-7 forward led the squad and ranked 12th in the ACC with 7.0 rebounds per game. McKie led the team in rebounding 16 times and had double-digit rebounds in six games. Entering his junior season, McKie ranks 12th all-time at Wake Forest with 7.3 rebounds per game. He has scored 915 points and pulled down 463 rebounds in his career and should become just the fourth Deacon in the past 15 seasons to have both 1,000 career points and 500 career rebounds (joining Darius Songaila, Josh Howard and Eric Williams).
BEST FREE THROW SHOOTER
Harris was named the team's Best Free Throw Shooter after leading the team with an 84.4 percent (146-of-173) mark from the charity stripe. Harris led the ACC in free throw percentage during conference play, hitting 72-of-76 free throws for 94.7 percent. He ranked third in the league in all games. Harris' overall free throw percentage was the 16th-highest single-season mark in school history. For his career, Harris ranks ninth at Wake Forest with a career free throw percentage of 83.0 percent. He is also 11th all-time in free throws made (395).
TEAM ASSISTS LEADER
Sophomore Tony Chennault received the Team Assists Leader award after leading the Deacons in assists this past season. The 6-2 guard averaged 2.8 assists per game to rank in a tie for eighth in the ACC. Chennault dished out a total of 88 assists on the year and had an assist-to-turnover ratio of 1.3. Chennault started all 31 games and averaged 9.0 points per game on the year.