|Webster, Graham, Holloway, Thomas – Award Winners|
Guard Justin Graham, forwards Lance Holloway and DeVonte Thomas and center C.J. Webster received the major awards at the annual San Jose State University men’s basketball award banquet held at the Decathlon Club in Santa Clara.
Graham, a freshman from Ripon, Calif., received the Leadership Award. The 6-foot-4 guard led the Spartans in three-point field goal accuracy (42.9 percent), assists (76) and steals (40). He averaged 10.7 points a game and averaged more minutes played (31.96) than any other freshman in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC).
Holloway, a senior from Oakland, Calif., was given the Service & Loyalty Award. The 6-foot-8 forward tied for second on the team in blocked shots and finished his college career tied for fifth on the San Jose State career list with 58. The Oakland, Calif., resident also was the team’s only Academic All-WAC honoree for the 2007-08 season.
Thomas, a junior from Oakland, Calif., received the Toughness Award. The 6-foot-4 forward was one of five players to play in all 32 games. He had his best season for the Spartans in the rebounding category with a 3.0 average and averaged 4.0 points per game.
Webster, a sophomore from Missouri City, Texas, was deemed Most Productive. The 6-foot-9 center led the Spartans in scoring (11.3) and number of rebounds (219). Named to the conference’s All-Newcomer team, he had the best assist-to-turnover ratio among post players in the WAC and was one of two Spartans to make at least 50 percent of his field goal tries.
Seniors Kevin Fleming, Jamon Hill, and Holloway; juniors Tim Pierce, Mac Peterson, DaShawn Wright and Thomas; sophomores Darion Goins, Chris Oakes, and Webster; and freshmen Oliver Caballero and Graham earned letter awards for the 2007-08 season. Senior Joe Udeoji, sophomore Jerelle Wilson and freshman Lance Olivier received a Certificate of Participation.
San Jose State finished its season with 13 wins – the most by the program since the 2001 season. The Spartans had a winning record at home in The Event Center for the first time since 2001, led the conference with eight wins in games decided by four points or less, had more out-of-conference wins (8) against Division I teams since 1953 and won a WAC Tournament game for the first time since 2002.