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Honors dished out for Ags’ hoop season

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Utah State University's men's basketball team held its annual postseason banquet on Tuesday evening, honoring the 2003-04 team which won the Big West Conference regular season championship and posted the best winning percentage (.862) in school history with its 25-4 record. USU won 20-plus games and advanced to postseason play for the fifth consecutive year which are both school records. Mark Brown (Tucson, Ariz.) was voted the team's Most Valuable Player after averaging 9.6 points and 4.9 assists per game. He also led the league in three-point shooting (43.3) and assists. The MVP award is named in honor of the late H. Cecil Baker who played at Utah State from 1923-25 and later coached at USU from 1951-61.

Junior Spencer Nelson (Pocatello, Idaho) was named the Most Inspirational Player by his teammates for the second straight year, while Chad Evans (Ogden, Utah) was selected the player that "Best Represents Aggie Basketball" for the third straight year. Senior Cardell Butler (San Francisco, Calif.) and sophomore Nate Harris (Smithfield, Utah) were both named the team's best defensive player.

Evans also received the third annual Varsity Award which was presented by the Big Blue Club and is awarded to a senior who best represents outstanding achievement in academic, athletics and community service.

Utah State Team Honors: H. Cecil Baker Most Valuable Player — Mark Brown; Most Inspirational — Spencer Nelson; Best Defensive Player — Cardell Butler and Nate Harris; Best Represents Aggie Basketball — Chad Evans' All-Big West Selections First Team: Mark Brown, Cardell Butler, Nate Harris; Second Team: Spencer Nelson; Sixth Man of the Year: Nate Harris; Hustle Player of the Year: Spencer Nelson; Academic All-Big West: Chad Evans, John Neil, Spencer Nelson; Big West Player of the Week Award Winners: Mark Brown, Nate Harris (3), Spencer Nelson