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April 26, 2004

Devin Smith received the University of Virginia men’s basketball team’s Bill Gibson Cavalier of the Year Award for the 2003-04 season on Monday (April 26). The award was presented at the 2004 Virginia men’s basketball banquet at the Doubletree Hotel.

Smith, a 6-5 junior forward from New Castle, Del., also received the award as the team leader in free throw percentage (.800, 60-75). Despite being hampered by a back injury, he averaged 12.2 points and 5.1 rebounds a game, and earned honorable mention All-Atlantic Coast Conference recognition in 2003-04. A team tri-captain, he also led the team in steals (37) despite missing four games and starting only 12 because of his injury. He scored in double figures 18 times, and led the team in scoring seven times and rebounding seven times.

Tri-captain and guard Majestic Mapp (Harlem, N.Y.) received the Michael McCann Leadership Award. Tri-captain and guard Todd Billet (Middletown, N.J.) received the Academic Achievement Award, the Mr. Clutch Award and the award for the most assists. Mapp and Billet played the 2003-04 season as graduate students.

Junior forward/center Elton Brown (Newport News, Va.) received the award as the team’s leading rebounder and shared the Hardest Worker Award with freshman guard T.J. Bannister (Jacksonville, Fla.). The Best Defensive Player Award went to junior forward Jason Clark (Virginia Beach, Va.), freshman forward Jason Cain (Philadelphia, Pa.) received the Promising Prospect Award and freshman guard/forward Gary Forbes (Brooklyn, N.Y.) was honored with the Mr. Hustle Award. Freshman forward/center Donte Minter (Salisbury, N.C.) received the Best Attitude Award and the Most Improved Player Award went to freshman guard J.R. Reynolds (Roanoke, Va.).

Virginia finished the 2003-04 season with an overall record of 18-13 and advanced to the second round of the National Invitation Tournament.

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