Bob Holt is a reporter for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. A graduate of the University of Missouri, he is a member of the Football Writers Association of America, and voter for the Heisman Trophy, Biletnikoff Award and AP Top 25 basketball poll. Holt was awarded Arkansas Sportswriter of the Year in 2000 and 2015.
Clarke, Portis take top honors
Arkansas forward Bobby Portis (10) and guard Coty Clarke (4) celebrate after an alley-oop dunk during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Alabama, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, in Fayetteville, Ark. (AP Photo/Gareth Patterson)
FAYETTEVILLE Coty Clarke and Bobby Portis shared the most outstanding player award presented Wednesday night at Arkansas’ men’s basketball banquet in Walton Arena.
Clarke, a senior forward from Birmingham, Ala., averaged 9.4 points and 5.6 rebounds with a team-leading 51 steals along with 81 assist. Portis, a freshman forward from Little Rock Hall, averaged 12.3 points and a team-leading 6.8 rebounds with a team-high 54 blocked shots.
Sophomore forward Michael Qualls and freshman center Moses Kingsley shared the most improved player award. Kingsley also won the “Iron Razorback Award” for his work in the weight room.
Portis won awards for being the team’s top rebounder and shot blocker, and Clarke won the “Hog Award” for his strong all-around game.
Junior guard Ky Madden won awards for leading the team in assists (91) and free-throw shooting (82.1 percent). Senior guard Kikko Haydar won awards for academics and community service; senior guard Fred Gulley won the Coaches’ Award for his defense and toughness; and senior guards Rickey Scott and Mardracus Wade shared the Razorback Spirit Award.