The 2011-12 ProZach Awards

Posted by zhayes9 on November 8th, 2011

Zach Hayes is an editor, contributor and bracketologist for Rush the Court. Follow him on Twitter @zhayes9.

Every August, ESPN college football guru Kirk Herbstreit releases his Herbie awards, a grab bag of honors and predictions about the upcoming season covering everything from quickest running back to hardest-hitting linebacker. The Herbies are so popular they even resulted in their own half-hour show hosted by Herbstreit and Erin Andrews. With no equivalent in the hoops world, I volunteered to step up to the plate. Some of these awards are Herbie knock-offs, some are 100% original and all are intended to be fun. Whether they look ridiculous by March…well, the jury is out. Here are this year’s Pro-Zach awards, passing out happy pills since 2011:

Washington's Terrence Ross is ready to make the leap

All-Next Chapter

  • Team Irreverence: Players Who Don’t Get Enough Respect – GOLD: Rodney McGruder (Kansas State), SILVER: Kent Bazemore (Old Dominion), BRONZE: Doug McDermott (Creighton)
  • Shhh, Don’t Tell: Best Kept Secrets – GOLD: C.J. McCollum (Lehigh), SILVER: Alex Young (IUPUI), BRONZE: Dominique Morrison (Oral Roberts)
  • Forwarding Address: Top Transfers – GOLD: Mike Rosario (Florida), SILVER: Royce White (Iowa State), BRONZE: Brandon Wood (Michigan State)
  • Fresh Approach: Top True Freshmen – GOLD: Anthony Davis (Kentucky), SILVER: Austin Rivers (Duke), BRONZE: Andre Drummond (Connecticut)
  • Off and Running: Ready To Take It To The Next Level – GOLD: Terrence Ross (Washington), SILVER: Keith Appling (Michigan State), BRONZE: Michael Snaer (Florida State)

All-Skill Set

  • SWAT Team: Intimidating Shot-Blockers – GOLD: David Foster (Utah), SILVER: John Henson (North Carolina), BRONZE: C.J. Aiken (St. Joseph’s)
  • Floor Generals: Best Passing Guards – GOLD: Kendall Marshall (North Carolina), SILVER: Scott Machado (Iona), BRONZE: Dee Bost (Mississippi State)
  • Kiss The Sky: Best Dunkers – GOLD: Quincy Acy (Baylor), SILVER: Mason Plumlee (Duke), BRONZE: Jared Cunningham (Oregon State)
  • Twine Ticklers: Best Pure Shooters– GOLD: John Jenkins (Vanderbilt), SILVER: Ashton Gibbs (Pittsburgh), BRONZE: Doron Lamb (Kentucky)
  • Complete Coverage: Best Defenders – GOLD: Bernard James (Florida State), SILVER: Ronald Nored (Butler), BRONZE: Jeffery Taylor (Vanderbilt)


  • Chairmen of the Whiteboard: Top In-Game Coaches – GOLD: Mike Krzyzewski (Duke), SILVER: Brad Stevens (Butler), BRONZE: Rick Pitino (Louisville)
  • Used Car Salesmen: Top Recruiters – GOLD: John Calipari (Kentucky), SILVER: Sean Miller (Arizona), BRONZE: Roy Williams (North Carolina)
  • Instant Impact: Best Coaching Hires – GOLD: Mark Turgeon (Maryland), SILVER: Lon Kruger (UNLV), BRONZE: Pat Skerry (Towson)
  • Show Me Some Respect: Underrated Coaches – GOLD: Matt Painter (Purdue), SILVER: Brad Brownell (Clemson), BRONZE: Stew Morrill (Utah State)


  • Dress for Success: Looks the Part – GOLD: Thomas Robinson (Kansas), SILVER: Patric Young (Florida), BRONZE: Trevor Mbakwe (Minnesota)
  • The Longar Longars: All-Name Team – GOLD: Indiana Faithfull (Wofford), SILVER: God’s Gift Achiuwa (St. John’s), BRONZE: Jabs Newby (Eastern Kentucky)
  • Little Giants: Best Diminutive Guards– GOLD: Peyton Siva (Louisville), SILVER: Casper Ware (Long Beach State), BRONZE: D.J. Cooper (Ohio)
  • Paint Patrol: Best Big Men – GOLD: Jared Sullinger (Ohio State), SILVER: Terrence Jones (Kentucky), BRONZE: Thomas Robinson (Kansas)
  • All-Elmer’s: Glue Guy Extraordinaires – GOLD: Jorge Gutierrez (California), SILVER: Darius Miller (Kentucky), BRONZE: Mark Lyons (Xavier)
  • Stat Sheet Stuffers: Most Versatile Players – GOLD: Tu Holloway (Xavier), SILVER: Draymond Green (Michigan State), BRONZE: Robbie Hummel (Purdue)

All-ProZach Team

  • The Ultimate ProZach: Best College Ambassadors – GOLD: Robbie Hummel (Purdue), SILVER: Jordan Taylor (Wisconsin), BRONZE: Tim Abromaitis (Notre Dame)
  • Your 2012 ProZach MVP – GOLD: Jared Sullinger (Ohio State), SILVER: Jordan Taylor (Wisconsin), BRONZE: Harrison Barnes (North Carolina)
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3 responses to “The 2011-12 ProZach Awards”

  1. Matt B. says:

    I’m surprised that Tim Abromaitis made the “best ambassador” team given his 2010 arrest. I know most people don’t care about underage drinking (and neither do I really), but you’d think that you could find three people with a clean record.

  2. zhayes9 says:

    Interesting. I didn’t even remember the underage drinking incident. If I had, I would have gone with someone else. My thinking was that Abromaitis is a scholar student at a venerable institution. I believe he made 1st team academic All-American.

  3. zhayes9 says:

    Not to mention he represents his team well on the floor as a leader and performer.

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