GREENSBORO, N.C. – UNCG men’s basketball held its annual banquet Monday night, following a historic season for the program. The Spartans finished the 2016-17 season with a record-setting 25-10 record, marking the most wins in the program’s 50-year history. UNCG advanced to the postseason for the fifth time in program history and the second time making an appearance in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT).
The event was held at the Sheraton Greensboro Hotel at Four Seasons, and was emceed by Ty Buckner, a 2010 UNCG Athletics Hall of Fame Inductee. Over 160 parents, donors and season ticket holders came out to celebrate the success of the 2016-17 Spartans. This season also marked the 50th Anniversary of Men’s Basketball at UNCG.
Several awards were handed out during the event, and the night celebrated the careers of seniors Diante Baldwin (Greensboro, N.C./High Point Christian) and R.J. White (Frisco, Texas/Frisco). There were several team awards handed out as well.
The Nathan Jameson Scholar-Athlete Award was earned by Justin Jordan (Davidson, N.C./Milwaukee). Jordy Kuiper (Groningen, Netherlands/Canaries Basketball Academy) garnered the team’s Defensive Player of the Year award. Garrett Collins (Asheville, N.C./Fishburne Military Academy) gathered the Scott Hartzell Coaches award. Baldwin took home the Kyle Hines Most Outstanding Player Award.