MTU men’s basketball team passes out team awards

HOUGHTON — Earlier this week, the Michigan Tech women’s basketball team passed out team awards for this past season. The men’s team had a pretty good year as well and they announced their honors, leading with their sharpshooting senior.

Ben Stelzer was selected as the Ken Hamar Award winner as the most valuable player. Stelzer finished his senior season with a laundry list of awards, including NABC and Daktronics All–American, Capital One Academic All–American, GLIAC Player of the Year and All–GLIAC First Team. He led the Midwest Region in scoring, averaging just over 22 points per game and ranked among the best in the nation in scoring and three point shooting.

The Bill Gappy Award for the most improved player went to Junior Jordan Chartier. The point guard started every game and upped his scoring average by nearly five points per game. Chartier was also number one in the conference and fourth in the country in assist to turnover ratio.

Freshman Dillon Gordon won the Bob Olson Award for best newcomer after he played in every game and shot 38.9% from three–point range. Senior Troy Hecht received the Harold Meese Sportsmanship Award and Junior Kyle Stankowski took home the scholastic achievement award for the third consecutive year.