Alex Len named Maryland team MVP at awards banquet


(Associated Press)

Before he becomes a sure-fire millionaire and an NBA lottery pick, Alex Len added one last piece of college hardware. The departing sophomore center earned Maryland’s Len Bias Award, given to the team’s most valuable player, at Wednesday night’s annual awards banquet.

Len led the Terrapins with 7.8 rebounds and 2.1 blocks per game. He finished second in scoring (11.9 points per game) to classmate Dez Wells, who took home the Greivis Vasquez Award for Most Inspirational Player. Both awards were voted on by the players.

Len also earned the Len Elmore Award for most rebounds (298) and the Buck Williams Award for Most Valuable Defensive Player. His 78 blocks, per a press release, were the eighth-most single-season total in school history.

In a deliciously meta moment, Maryland legend Juan Dixon was on hand to present the Juan Dixon Award for Most Improved Player to Jake Layman. The freshman swingman started slow, but broke out with a 20-point game against Virginia Tech after winter break, playing his way back into the rotation with strong perimeter scoring and much improved defense.

Pe’Shon Howard, who announced he would transfer for his senior season, won the Steve Blake Award for assists (team-high 131). Senior Logan Aronhalt, who spoke at the event alongside classmate James Padgett, won the Tom McMillen award for academic achievement. The Albany transfer notched a 4.0 GPA in the exercise physiology program, and was the first Maryland player named to the all-ACC academic team since 2001.

Alex Prewitt covers the Washington Capitals. Follow him on Twitter @alex_prewitt or email him at alex.prewitt@washpost.com.

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Alex Prewitt · April 18, 2013