2012 BVDL MEN AWARD WINERS – Article courtesy of Basketball Victoria D-League

MOST VALUABLE PLAYER

In his third year of D League basketball, Costa Hronopoulos has shown great leadership and experience to finish the season as the league leading scorer with 21.4pts along with 7.2rebs and 3.4ass.  His first game was outstanding, recording 25pts, 3rebs, 2ass and 3stls. He managed four double-double games in the season including an outstanding 24pts, 20rebs, 4ass and 4stls against Ballarat on July 22.

Costa has had a successful career in the D League, earning a Championship in 2010, Runners-Up in 2011 and this year has collected the Most Valuable Player Award, All BVDL Team honours, League Leading Scorer and the Golden Hands Award.

COACH OF THE YEAR

Returning to the competition after a year out of the league, Duncan Berg a past Championship coach with the Nunawading Spectres has not only guided the Dandenong Rangers to their first D League Playoff campaign but has guided them into the Grand Final this weekend.  Dandenong started the season slowly but finished the year 3rd on the ladder with a 14-7 record.  The Rangers won nine of their last ten games including an 8 game win streak between rounds 9 and 16.

Duncan won Coach of the Year honours in 2010 when he led the Spectres to the Championship. His experience and leadership have Dandenong threatening to take the title on the weekend and his second D League title in three years.

ALL BVDL MEN TEAM

Garry Dukes, Taylor Dyson, Costa Hronopoulos, Jackson Brazier and Simon Grant received the honour of being voted by the coaches as the best five players in the competition this year and named onto the All D-League Men Team.

The men’s side consists of two players from Minor Premiers, the Knox Raiders in Dyson and Grant. Despite only playing 13 games before leaving to take up a US College Scholarship with Hartford University, Taylor Dyson had a huge impact in the league, averaging 17.7pts, 4.8rebs and 1.8ass.  His team mate Simon Grant was a dominant force in the paint all season, averaging 13.2pts and 9.67rebs. Jackson Brazier playing his second year of D League competition showed he will be a future star averaging 13.2pts and 8.1rebs.

League leading Scorer Costa Hronopoulos received recognition on the All BVDL Team for his outstanding offensive talents.  Costa averaged 21.4pts, 7.2rebs and 3.4ass.  Rounding out the five is the only Grand Finalist, with Garry Dukes of the Dandenong Rangers receiving recognition for a fine season averaging 12.9pts, 5.5rebs and 2.3ass

Congratulations to all players.

Check out Jackson’s stats for Season 2012 here!

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