Senior Derek Brooks was awarded the top honor Saturday night at the Air Force men's basketball awards banquet, held at the Colorado Springs Marriott Hotel. Brooks won the Bob Spear Award, given to the student-athlete that is outstanding in all areas of the Academy - academics, athletics and military performance. There is no higher honor for a men's basketball player.
Brooks, from Nathalie, Va., played in 71 career games and all 32 this season. After missing all but four games due to injury as a sophomore, he was a solid asset on the court the last two seasons. He finished third on the team in scoring this season, averaging 10 points per game, and scored a career-high 18 points, including three 3-pointers, in the Falcons' 66-65 overtime victory at TCU on Jan. 29. He also dished out a career-high four assists against the Frogs in Fort Worth. He posted Air Force's only double-double of the season with 14 points and a career-high 10 rebounds against North Dakota and finished second on the team in rebounding at 3.9 per game.
Fellow senior Evan Washington was named the team's most valuable player for the 2010-11 campaign. Washington, who did not miss a game in his four-year career at Air Force, led the team in rebounding, assists, steals, blocked shots and minutes played this season. He dished out a career-best 11 assists against Utah, the most by an Air Force player in one game since 2004, and tied for No. 5 on the school's all-time single season assist list with 127 this year. Washington became the first Falcon to score 200 points in each of his four seasons since Otis Jones from 1991-95 and is ranked fifth on Air Force's career assist list with 327.
Sophomore Kyle Green earned the Falcon Award, given to the player that gives 100 percent regardless of their situation and place on the team. Green, a 6-2 guard from Richland Hills, Texas, played in five games and scored five points this season, all against Florida A&M. He was a valuable asset on the scout team this season, helping his teammates prepare for every opponent.
Brooks, Washington and Tom Fow received the prestigious captain's award for the '10-11 season for serving as team tri-captains.