NORTHFIELD, Vt. – The Norwich University men's basketball team conducted its annual end-of-season banquet last weekend in the institution's Milano Ballroom.
Each member of the team was recognized with individual awards and the team's three major awards were handed out, including the Ed Hockenbury Award, the Most Improved Player Award and the Most Valuable Player award.
Junior Mike Hogervorst (Leiden, South Holland, Netherlands) and classmate Ryan Booth (Northfield, Vt.) shared the team's MVP award after each registered outstanding campaigns for the Cadets, who narrowly missed the Great Northeast Athletic Conference playoffs with an 8-17 record and a 5-13 mark against league foes.
Hogervorst played in 23 games for the Cadets in 2016-17, averaging 12.5 points per game and 5.7 rebounds per contest. His team's leader in field goal percentage (.580, 120-for-207), the junior also led all Norwich players with 23 blocks and 288 points scored. Among GNAC competitors, Hogervorst is ranked third in field goal percentage and 13th in points per game.
He capped off his season ranked 44th in all of NCAA Division III in field goal percentage (.580) and, near the midpoint of the season, had a streak of 14-straight field goal makes. Hogervorst went on to shoot 21-for-23 after snapping the streak, converting at a .913 clip during that timeframe.
Across 72 career games at Norwich, Hogervorst has averaged 12.6 points per game alongside 5.2 caroms per tilt. Only one point away from 900 in his career, he ranks 29th on the all-time point scoring list at Norwich and is 30th in career rebounding (371). He set single-season highs in 2016-17 in field goal percentage (.580), free throw percentage (.767) and assists (28).
Booth was the lone member of the Cadets to start all 25 games and ranked ninth in the conference with 31 minutes per game, on average. He averaged 11.4 points per game, scoring 284 points while shooting .371 from the floor (93-for-251). In addition, he poured home 48 three-point baskets to rank second on the team and finished with a highly-respectable .794 free throw percentage (50-for-63).
In 69 career games through three seasons, Booth has averaged 10.3 points per game and is a .396 career shooter (241-for-609). Pouring home 128 three-point baskets, Booth has also shot an efficient .803 from the free throw line (98-for-122) while hauling in an average of 4.4 rebounds per contest.
Junior Darius Bryant (Calhoun Falls, S.C.) was selected as the team's Most Improved Player. Earning GNAC All-Sportsmanship Team honors following the season, Bryant had a breakout season for the Cadets as a junior. He finished fourth in the GNAC with a .571 field goal percentage (105-for-184) and averaged north of 10 points per game (10.2).
At one point during the season, Bryant had reached double-digit point scoring totals in seven-straight games (1/21 to 2/12) and set a career-high with 22 points against Rivier on Jan. 21.
Junior Ricky Giroux (Colchester, Vt.) picked up the Ed Hockenbury Award.