Just got back from WKU men’s basketball awards banquet, and the mood was probably the lightest I have seen all season (after a season of lowered expectations being met with amazing results, I guess I can see why). A few awards and some thoughts:
E.A. Diddle Leadership Award: Orlando Mendez-Valdez
John Oldham Most Improved: Anthony Sally
Dwight Smith Playmaker Award: A.J. Slaughter
Clem Haskins Team M.V.P.: Orlando Mendez-Valdez
Another nice tidbit is that coach Ken McDonald announced at the end of the festivities and food (decent spaghetti and salad, all while the forensics team banquet apparently was having steak down the street) that he would be creating a $1,000 scholarship in Mendez-Valdez’s named for one child from the San Antonio-area, giving them the chance to go to college. McDonald said in his 15 years of coaching that he had “never been more impressed with a player” than Mendez-Valdez and after seeing the situation he came from, McDonald felt compelled to put this scholarship together. It’s a fitting end to the career of a player who made a name for himself this season.
The coming season brings more promise with the signing of the six incoming players, as well as what McDonald said might be “more on the way”. I’m not sure how that is possible with all scholarships given out currently, so that’ll be something to watch for. It will also be hard for Mac to top what he has gotten himself into, but he seems confident he can.
Time to sit back and watch it all play out this summer.