April 13, 2013
Senior Todd Fletcher was awarded the team's top honor Saturday night at the Air Force men's basketball awards banquet, held at the Colorado Springs Marriott Hotel. Fletcher 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.
Fletcher, a point guard from Lee's Summit, Mo., played in 124 career games and started 111, both No. 2 all-time at Air Force. He finished No. 3 on the school's career assist list with 366 and sixth in the country in assist-turnover ratio this season at 3.00. Fletcher, who did not miss a game in his four years, scored a career-high 21 points on six 3-pointers, including the game-winner with 3.5 seconds remaining, in an 89-88 victory over 12th-ranked New Mexico in his final home game. Off the court, he is a two-time selection to the Mountain West all-academic team and was named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Honors Court for academic excellence last summer.
Fellow senior Michael Lyons earned the Bob Beckel Most Valuable Player award for the second consecutive season. Lyons, from Newport News, Va., led the team and the Mountain West in scoring this year, averaging 17.7 points per game. He was named the most valuable player of the season-opening All-Military Classic for the second time and was the only player in the conference to score at least 30 points three times in conference play, including a career-high 45 points at Clune Arena against Colorado State. Lyons finished his career with 1,527 career points, placing him fourth on the school's all-time scoring list.
Senior Taylor Broekhuis earned the Cliff Parsons Falcon Award, given to the player that gives 100 percent regardless of their situation and place on the team. Broekhuis, a 6-10 center from Colorado Springs, played in 116 career games, starting 94. He finished No. 2 on the school's career list with 83 blocked shots. Broekhuis averaged 8.3 points and 3.9 rebounds this season and shot 56.9 percent from the field, the second-best single-season percentage in school history.