BOSTON – Coming off its second consecutive Patriot League semifinal appearance, the Boston University men's basketball team held is annual year-end banquet at BU's Trustees Ballroom in the Questrom School of Business. Seventh-year head coach Joe Jones and his staff handed out several team honors, including the program's Most Improved Player, Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player award.
A former two-time team captain, Matt Griffin ('12) served as the keynote speaker just three days before leading Roman Catholic High School in Philadelphia to his first PIAA state title. Fellow BU alum and current Terrier basketball broadcast announcer Doug Brown ('78) served as master of ceremonies.
The Lou Cohen MVP Award was presented to sophomore Max Mahoney and senior Cedric Hankerson, who averaged an identical 12.9 ppg on the season. Highlighted by a 27-point performance in the PL quarterfinal win at Lehigh, Mahoney finished second in the conference with a school-record 60.1 FG% while leading the team with 28 blocks. He also claimed a double-double (29 pts., 11 rebs.) at UMass Lowell en route to All-PL Third Team accolades.
Despite being plagued by injuries the last three years, Hankerson finished his career 13th all-time at BU with 1,299 points, fourth in made 3-pointers (235) and fourth in steals (177). This season, he burned Army West Point with 33 points after tallying 20 points at UConn. He also posted 21 points to help the Terriers snap Bucknell's 15-game home win streak at Sojka Pavilion. Besides succeeding on the court, Hankerson was also successful in the classroom, as he recorded a 3.5 GPA in his master's program (administrative studies with concentration in innovation and technology) to claim the Richard Taylor Academic Award.
Sophomore Tyler Scanlon received the Arturo Brown Most Improved Award after leading the team in rebounds (5.5 rpg), assists (3.0 apg) and steals (44). Besides nearly doubling his rebound production from a year prior (3.3 rpg in 2016-17), he also increased his scoring average from 8.1 ppg to 10.5 ppg while shooting 44.6 percent from the field and 39.2 percent in 3-point territory. He posted three double-doubles, including 14 points and 10 rebounds at Bucknell, and tallied a personal-best 24 points at Lehigh.
Freshman Walter Whyte received the John Holland Rookie of the Year Award after becoming the seventh Terrier in six years under Jones to earn conference All-Rookie Team accolades. He finished second on the team in rebounding at 5.0 rpg while also placing fourth in scoring at 9.3 ppg. Highlighted by a double-double against Bucknell at home, Whyte reached double figures in his last seven appearances. He also had a double-double in a home win over Lehigh.
An unselfish player and tireless worker on and off the court, senior Will Goff was the recipient of the Reggie Stewart Award for best exemplifying the traits of BU basketball. He made 14 starts his final season and hit 45 3-pointers in 30 contests after draining 41 total in his first 63 games. He also contributed a personal-best 22 steals and 30 assists this year while finishing No. 8 all-time at BU in 3FG% (.402).