Blount honored with Donnie Wilhite Most Valuable Athlete Award
Monday, June 2, 2014
Jonathan Blount
Jonathan Blount

SHREVEPORT, La. – Centenary Director of Athletics and Wellness Ronda Seagraves and the Centenary Athletic Department announce the second annual winner of the Donnie Wilhite Most Valuable Athlete Award, Gents’ basketball standout Jonathan Blount.

“God is good. To be recognized for this award is an honor,” said Blount. “My career at Centenary has come to an end, but the legacy that I and my teammates left will continue. I’m proud to be a Gent for life.”

Blount etched his name in the Centenary and Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference record books over his four-year career in his hometown. The two-time SCAC Player of the Year concluded his career with the Maroon and White with 1,573 points which stands eighth in program history and is ninth the conference. The player of the year award slates Blount as one of only two players in league history to earn back-to-back awards tying Sewanee’s Ryan Harrigan who accomplished the feat during the 1996-97 and 1997-98 seasons. He and Harrigan also share the distinction of being the only two players in SCAC history to be named NABC First Team All-District two consecutive years.

Earlier this season, Blount was named the Louisiana Association of Basketball Coaches Small College Player of the Year adding to his already impressive postseason accolades of being named Division III News All-American, NABC First Team All-District, and Louisiana Sports Writers Association All-Louisiana First Team.

This past season he led the SCAC in scoring for the second consecutive season and set single-season SCAC records this season for scoring average (24.4 ppg) and total points (682). He shot 49.7 percent from the field which was seventh in the SCAC, 43.4 percent from three-point range which ranked fourth in the SCAC and 85 percent from the free-throw line which was third in the conference.

During his career, Blount posted six games with 30-plus points which is 10th in school history including three of the program’s top scoring efforts. This season he also became the program’s single-season leader for free throws made and attempted going 233 for 274.

Centenary finished the season with an 18-10 record marking the first winning season since the 2002-03 team went 16-12 and the most wins in a season since the 1989-90 team went 22-8.

“We are happy to present Jonathan with this award. This past season by Jonathan and the program was one for the record books," stated Seagraves. "Mr. Wilhite and his family have always been such great supporters of the athletic department and Centenary College. He knew the hard work that those who wore the Centenary colors put into not only representing their teams, but also the College. We are excited and proud to honor the Most Valuable Athlete and his legacy with this award that bears his name.”

Donnie Wilhite truly had an immense love and admiration of Centenary College athletics. Mr. Wilhite supported all student-athletes and the sports in which they competed. He expected excellence from all student-athletes who wore Centenary across the front. He had a great respect for those who worked hard, were exceptional performers and those that exemplified great sportsmanship. His legacy and support will live on with the recognition of the Most Valuable Athlete each year.

At the conclusion of each academic year, the Donnie Wilhite Most Valuable Athlete Award will be given to a male or female student-athlete who possesses several outstanding qualities. The student-athlete must nominated by his or her head coach and must excel in his or her sport, be a positive role model for others and exemplify the well-rounded student-athlete. Nominees are voted on by a selection committee, which is comprised of administration throughout the Centenary campus.

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