Gophers Celebrate at Year-End Banquet

Go Gophers! Junior DeAndre Mathieu was named the team's Most Valuable Player at the year-end banquet Thursday.
Go Gophers!
Junior DeAndre Mathieu was named the team's Most Valuable Player at the year-end banquet Thursday.
Go Gophers!

May 16, 2014

On Thursday evening at the M Club Room inside TCF Bank Stadium, members of the Minnesota men's basketball team gathered with family and friends to celebrate the historic 2013-14 season.

After opening remarks by emcee Mike Grimm and junior Kendal Shell, this year's group of letterwinners received their letter jackets from M Club director George Adzick and head coach Richard Pitino. Next, the Gopher seniors were pinned, signifying their official introduction into the M Club as alumni. A full list of those honored is below.

Following remarks by each of the Gopher senior student-athletes, Pitino spoke individually about the contributions and accomplishments of the team, along with handing out year-end awards, listed below. The evening concluded with a highlight film, capped by the team's school-record 25 wins and National Invitation Tournament championship title in April.

Gopher Men's Basketball Year-End Awards

Most Valuable Player: DeAndre Mathieu
Most Improved Player: Mo Walker
Best Defender: Austin Hollins
Best Attitude: Maverick Ahanmisi
True Gopher: Oto Osěnieks
Defining Moment: Dan McHale

Gopher Men's Basketball First-Year Letterwinners

Managers Tony Emanuel, Aaron Katsuma, Dan Kurtzweil, Sheridan West

Charles Buggs, Joey King, DeAndre Mathieu, Daquein McNeil, Malik Smith

Gopher Men's Basketball Seniors Receiving Pins

Managers Tony Emanuel, Aaron Katsuma, Dan Kurtzweil, Sheridan West

Maverick Ahanmisi, Austin Hollins, Oto Osěnieks, Malik Smith