FAU Basketball: Owls Celebrate Historic Season with 1st Annual Awards Banquet

Alyssa BarbieriContributor IMay 12, 2011

Coach Mike Jarvis and Ray Taylor. Photo: FAUOwlAccess.com
Coach Mike Jarvis and Ray Taylor. Photo: FAUOwlAccess.com

Florida Atlantic University celebrated the Men’s Basketball team's historic season with the first ever awards banquet on May 1st, at Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza in Delray Beach.

Owls Head Coach Mike Jarvis addressed a crowd of approximately 100 people, discussing the accomplishments of a truly special season. The crowd in attendance was also treated to a season rewind of audio highlights, courtesy of ESPN 760's Ken LaVicka.

The team received watches in honor of their NIT bid.

Coach Jarvis concluded the night by handing out individual player awards.

Here are how the awards panned out:

  • Defensive Player of the Year: Brett Royster
  • Most Improved Award: Jordan McCoy
  • Scholar-Athlete Award: Justin Davis
  • Sixth Man of the Year Award: Alex Tucker
  • Newcomer of the Year: Dennis Mavin
  • Unsung Hero Award: Greg Gantt
  • Pastor Dave Nicholas Spirit Award: Head manager Diego Torres
  • MVP: Raymond Taylor

Jarvis also told the crowd that a home game against Miami could be on the schedule for 2011.

According to Jarvis, the paperwork has been sent to Miami and is ready to be signed. Keep in mind this deal happened prior to the Hurricanes hiring Larranaga as its new head coach so nothing is definite at this point.

The game, according to FAUOwlAccess.com, would likely be played on-campus on Dec. 3, making it FAU's first on-campus football-basketball doubleheader. FAU football hosts Louisiana-Monroe that same day.

“For FAU to get Miami to come and play us is huge,” Jarvis said. “They have the contract. Hopefully they will sign it and send it back this week.”

The 2010 Owls set the precedent for future FAU basketball teams with a 19-4 regular season, which included the Sun Belt Regular Season Championship and the program’s first ever berth to an NIT game, which they lost to Miami.

With FAU returning four starters next season, the future looks bright for this ball club.