The Dayton Agonis Club held its 64th annual awards banquet Monday night at the Presidential Banquet Hall, honoring five men — Scoochie Smith, Mark Alstork, Luke Kennard, Josh Myers and Jim Brooks — for their accomplishments in sports over the past year.
Smith, the former Dayton Flyers point guard, was presented with the Joe Gavin/Joe Quinn Memorial Award as the outstanding University of Dayton athlete of the year.
Smith started all 32 games for the Atlantic 10 champion Flyers last season and led the team with 4.5 assists per game. He is the only three-time captain in UD basketball history.
He was a first-team Atlantic 10 pick after averaging 13.8 points per game and part of the winningest class in school history.
The Dr. Dave Reese Memorial Award for outstanding Wright State athlete went to Alstork. A Thurgood Marshall graduate, Alstork led the Raiders basketball team to 20 wins last season.
He was the team’s leading scorer (19.0 points per game) and only two players in the Horizon League averaged more. He also finished in the top 10 of the HL in assists (3.5), free-throw percentage (84.6 percent) and 3-pointers per game (2.1).
“It just means glory to God for putting this opportunity in my life,” he said. “It is just an account to my hard work and dedication and all the things I do during the summer.”
After scoring 1,024 points in a WSU uniform, he entered the NBA draft but has decided to withdraw. He plans to announce where he will use his final year of eligibility (South Carolina, LSU, Illinois and Pittsburgh are his finalists) on Wednesday.
Kennard was the third basketball player to be honored. A sophomore guard at Duke last season, Kennard led the Blue Devils in scoring at 19.5 points per game and was named to the John R. Wooden All-America team. The Franklin High School grad received the Dave Hall Memorial Award as the most outstanding Dayton-area athlete attending a school outside the area.
The ACC tournament MVP, Kennard has decided to enter the NBA draft and is projected as a first-round pick next month.
Myers, a Miamisburg grad, took home the Beno Keiter/Russ Guera Memorial Award, which goes to the outstanding high school player in the Dayton area.
Among the top-ranked prospects in the country, Myers graduated in December and has already begun classes at Ohio State. He took part in spring practice with the Buckeyes.
“Oh, it’s awesome — I love it here,” Myers said of winning the award. “The place is obviously my home, so it means a lot to me to receive this award for the second time.”
Chaminade Julienne tennis coach Jim Brooks was also honored in his final season mentoring the Eagles girls’ and boys’ teams. The CJ coach since 1980, Brooks received the Mike Kelly/Don Donoher Coach’s Award.
“This is a tremendous honor,” Brooks said. “I was really taken by surprise. I got this phone call and I was pretty much in a state of shock. I’ve been hearing about this award for many years. It’s really kind of overwhelming, I have to say.”
Cincinnati Bearcats head football coach Luke Fickell was the keynote speaker for the banquet.
He said Dayton is included with Cincinnati in the 50-mile radius he sees as his new backyard for recruiting.
“We know what kind of kids are in that area, what kind of clubs come from that area, what kind of cultures come from that kind of area, so that’s where we really want to focus our efforts in creating the atmosphere and the culture that we want,” Fickell said.
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