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Awards Banquet.

Princeton held its annual awards banquet in the lobby of Jadwin Gym tonight.

The worthy recipients of honors at the 2011-2012 banquet included:

Class of 1959 Bob Rock Sixth Man Award - Mack Darrow.
B.F. Bunn Trophy - Doug Davis.
Friedman Memorial Award Trophy - John Comfort.

Davis and Ian Hummer were also recognized for their All-Ivy status.

It was easily the shortest banquet on record. Not having Marvin Bressler as the MC anymore and all three seniors being fairly quiet in public will speed a night crisply along.

The fact this event was held on what would have been Bressler's birthday was a nice, purely accidental touch.

Pete Carril was asked to introduce the Friedman award and recalled the story behind the man this plaque is named after.

John Comfort (who said his thesis was due tomorrow), Patrick Saunders (who was recently admitted to the University of Vermont pre-Med program) and Doug Davis each gave brief remarks after the full team was called up to receive their varsity letters.

It was personally heartwarming to hear head coach Mitch Henderson single out my father's photo of Ian Hummer's dunk versus Cornell from the dais.

All the food looked great. Wish it hadn't been Passover!

A few photos follow after the jump.

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Pete Carril's poem about George Boccanfuso.

A reader of this site sent me a heavy box yesterday full of Princeton media guides and related ephemera from the previous 20 years. For that I am quite appreciative.

There were a few editions inside that I didn't already own, namely 1993-94 and 1994-95.

Flipping through those years I noticed a portion of each guide I wanted to reproduce and for starters I'll share something from the first's "Unsung Heroes" page, where Pete Carril pays tribute to former Princeton Supervisor of Grounds and Buildings George "Georgie Buck" Boccanfuso.

Boccanfuso, as you may well know, worked at the university from 1947 until his retirement in 1989 but continues to show up every morning at Jadwin Gym to make sure the building is running as it should.

Carril offers a poem that he wrote, which I've reproduced after the jump.

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Thursday News:

While it has been seriously slow in the news department, this piece by my friend Tom Scharpling for The Classical re-imagining every 2012 NCAA Tournament coach (including John Thompson III) as a movie villain was too excellent to not share.

I was saddened and surprised to read in the latest Princeton Alumni Weekly about the passing of Gib Kirwin '58. A supporter of this site and a contributor to the listerv that preceded it, I was always glad to hear from him. My condolences to his family and friends.

If you play MLB 2K12 and want to add a Will Venable cyberface, this creepy link should do the trick. The real life Venable finished spring training batting .349 with nine stolen bases.

Jimmy Tillette, who was "the first outsider to infiltrate Princeton's inner circle [of coaches]" per this 2003 Sports Illustrated feature and then served as the head coach at Samford for 15 seasons, was fired.

Both Northwestern's John Shurna and Georgetown's Henry Sims had good accountings of themselves at the Reese's College All-Star Game in New Orleans.

Freshman Adam Jones is leaving Fairfield.

Oh, and Pitt won the CBI by beating Washington State in the decisive game three of their finals series.

Complete 2011-12 Plus/Minus numbers.

To wrap up the season statistically, the Tiger athletic department was nice enough to send along this year's complete plus/minus numbers. I've generated my own Ivy-only and DI-only plus/minus data in Excel out of that document.

The first of five charts shows the number of minutes played across the 32 games this season and the difference in points scored by Princeton while each player was on the floor versus points allowed by the Tigers during the same span.

The second chart shows the same information for non-conference games only, followed by non-conference versus DI opponents, Ivy-only data and postseason-only data.

I've also broken down +/- per 40 minutes for all pertinent players and added Net/40 numbers ("Roland Rate") with inspiration from Hoya Prospectus. This data has been split into non-conference, Ivy-only and postseason-only as well.

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