Friday, March 5, 2004
NASHVILLE --- Tennessee State basketball player Bruce Price has been named the Ohio Valley Conference Freshman of the Year for the 2003-04 season. Price received his honor at the OVC Awards Reception held Thursday night on the eve of the tournament semifinals at the Doubletree Hotel in downtown Nashville. In addition to his Freshman Player of the Year award, 6-3, 205-pound Price was also named to the All-OVC team as a second-team selection. The Freshman of the Year and All-OVC teams were elected in a vote of the conference's head coaches and sports information directors. "I think these are well-deserved honors for a young man who worked extremely hard for us this season to make progress," said TSU first-year head coach Cy Alexander. "With continued hard work and progress, hopefully he will be a first-team All-OVC selection in the future. I am very happy for him to be honored by the OVC." Price, a guard from Minneapolis, Minn., finished third in the OVC scoring race with a 17.6 points per game average. He was second in the conference in 3-point field goals made per game (2.63). He was also ranked eighth in the OVC in assists per game (4.0), seventh in steals per game (1.70) and 10th in both free throw percentage (.735) and 3-point field goal percentage (.341). Price is the fourth player from TSU to receive the award which began in 1991 and the first to receiver the honor since Kevin Samuel received the award in 1998. Price is the only freshman to be listed on any of the All-OVC first, second, or third teams this season. 2003-04 ALL-OHIO VALLEY CONFERENCE MEN'S BASKETBALL TEAMS (as voted on by the league's head basketball coaches and sports information directors) FIRST TEAM NAME, SCHOOL POS. HT. WT. CL. HOMETOWN Cuthbert Victor, Murray State# F 6'5 220 Sr. St. Croix, Virgin Islands Adrian Henning, Austin Peay* F 6'6 205 Sr. Memphis, Tennessee Ricky Minard, Morehead State* F/G 6'4 205 Sr. Mansfield, Ohio Willie Jenkins, Tennessee Tech F 6'6 210 Jr. Memphis, Tennessee Josh Lewis, Austin Peay# C 6'8 210 Sr. Lexington, Kentucky SECOND TEAM NAME, SCHOOL POS. HT. WT. CL. HOMETOWN Matt Witt, Eastern Kentucky G 6'0 170 So. Tipp City, Ohio Jon Bentley, Eastern Kentucky F/C 6'9 205 Sr. Hazard, Kentucky Chez Marks, Morehead State# G 6'3 160 Sr. Paris, Kentucky Chris Shumate, Murray State G 6'6 201 Sr. Louisville, Kentucky Bruce Price, Tennessee State G 6'3 205 Fr. Minneapolis, Minnesota THIRD TEAM NAME, SCHOOL POS. HT. WT. CL. HOMETOWN Phillip Ramelli, Samford C 6'10 230 Sr. New Orleans, Louisiana Anthony Davis, Austin Peay% G 6'2 190 Jr. Inglewood, California Cameron Crisp, Tennessee Tech# G 6'4 190 Sr. Bolivar, Tennessee Jared Newson, Tennessee-Martin G/F 6'5 215 So. Belleville, Illinois Trent Eager, Jacksonville State F 6'6 185 Sr. Monroeville, Alabama OVC Player of the Year: Cuthbert Victor, Murray State OVC Coach of the Year: Dave Loos, Austin Peay OVC Newcomer of the Year: Willie Jenkins, Tennessee Tech OVC Freshman of the Year: Bruce Price, Tennessee State * All-OVC 1st Team in 2002-03 # All-OVC 2nd Team in 2002-03 % All-OVC 3rd Team in 2002-03