The Colorado Buffaloes put a final and celebratory punctuation mark on the 2015-16 men’s basketball season Tuesday night.
The program held its annual awards banquet on the heels of the Buffaloes’ fourth NCAA Tournament appearance in five seasons and, as expected, graduating standout forward Josh Scott was the star of the show.
Scott, a Colorado native who wrapped up his CU career ranked third all-time in rebounding (974) and eighth in scoring (1,709), highlighted the evening by earning CU’s Chauncey Billups Most Valuable Player Award for the third consecutive season.
Scott led the Buffs by posting career-high averages in scoring (16.3 ppg) and rebounding (8.8 rpg), while also posting career-highs in assists (58) and blocked shots (52). He twice was named the Pac-12 Conference Player of the Week, and he ended his career as one of only two CU players to finish with 1,700 points, 900 rebounds, and 100 blocked shots.
Instituted upon head coach Tad Boyle’s arrival, the previous winners of the Chauncey Billups MVP Award before Scott’s three-year reign were Spencer Dinwiddie (2013), Carlon Brown (2012), and Alec Burks (2011).
In the other three awards voted on by the players, redshirt sophomore George King won the Most Improved Player award, Wesley Gordon was voted the team’s best defender, and senior Xavier Talton was named the Most Inspirational Player. It was the third straight defensive honor for Gordon.
King also was named the Pac-12’s Most Improved Player in a vote of league coaches after returning from a redshirt season to rank second on the team in scoring (13.6) while leading the conference with a .456 3-point percentage. King posted eight 20-point games and tallied a career-best 27 points in a road win against Auburn in the second game of the season.
Gordon, a redshirt junior, was named to the honorable mention list of the Pac-12’s all-defensive team after leading CU with a career-best 68 blocked shots — the fourth-best single-season mark in program history. Gordon will begin his senior season ranked fourth all-time among CU’s blocked shot leaders.
Talton, a senior guard from Sterling, finished his career ranked second in Buffs history with 135 games played, falling just one short of all-time leader Austin Dufault. He provided solid backcourt leadership while posting the best assists-to-turnover rate of his career (1.6), and he also went an impressive 41-for-45 at the free throw line.
In the honors handed out to the team leaders in the respective categories, Scott took home the Stephane Pelle Rebounding Award and sophomore guard Dom Collier won the Jay Humphries Assists Award.