May 7, 2013
WEST POINT, N.Y. - The Army men's basketball team celebrated its 2012-13 season at its recently held annual team banquet. In addition to honoring the team success, the Black Knights handed out their team awards. Senior Ella Ellis was the recipient of the Roosma Award as the team's most valuable player, while senior Jordan Springer earned the Stilwell Award which is presented for outstanding leadership and character. Ellis, Springer and junior Josh Herbeck were given the Simpson Memorial Awards after serving as team captains.
The Roosma Award is named for Colonel John S. Roosma '26. He was captain of the basketball team and was Army's first 1,000-point scorer. Ellis earned the award after leading the Black Knights in scoring at 17.7 points per game. He was a unanimous first-team All-Patriot League selection, as well as Army’s first two-time NABC All-District pick in 26 years. Ellis also earned second-team All-Metro New York accolades. He ranked second in the Patriot League in scoring and was the first Army player since Mark Lueking in 1994-96 to make back-to-back appearances on the Patriot League’s top all-star squad. Ellis was also one of the top three-point shooters in the Patriot League, ranking second in triples per game (2.3) and fifth in three-point shooting percentage (.419).
The Stillwell Award is presented in honor of Brigadier General Joseph Still Well, a member of the West Point Class of 1904. Stillwell is known for introducing basketball to the Academy as a cadet and served as the head coach of West Point's first team. Springer missed just one game despite battling injuries throughtout the season. He averaged 3.4 points and 3.9 rebounds per game. Springer had a season-high 10 rebounds in Army's win over Marist, but his season highlight was a one-handed rebounded in the Black Knights' home win over Holy Cross. After suffering a shoulder injury on the previous possession, Springer used that same arm to secure another Army possession. He served as a team captain during his final season.
The Simpson Memorial Awards are given in memory of 1st Lt. Eber E. Simpson who graduated from West Point in 1943.
The Black Knights posted a 16-15 record, the program’s first winning season in 28 years. Army won a program record eight Patriot League games and advanced to the semifinals of the conference tournament for the fourth time in seven years.