Monday, April 11, 2011

Celebrations Highlight Big Weekend

It was an eventful and memorable weekend for MIT and MIT Basketball, highlighted by the MIT Basketball Excellence Banquet, Campus Preview Weekend, DAPER's 150th Celebration Reception, and the MIT 150th Convocation.

Campus Preview Weekend began on Thursday, where MIT's Class of 2015 joined each other on campus for the first time. The current and incoming players got a chance to know each other more both on and off the court, and by the end of the weekend, it seemed clear the team is excited about the upcoming season. "It was a great weekend, and we were really impressed with the incoming guys," mentioned Dan Mccue '13, who was recently voted co-captain of the 2011-2012 squad (along with Will Tashman, Mitchell Kates, and Noel Hollingsworth). "With the addition of this powerhouse recruiting class, along with a lot of hard work over the Spring and Summer, we'll be ready to go on October 15th."

Saturday evening was host to the MIT Basketball Excellence Banquet, where players, coaches, staff, alumni, family, and friends joined to commemorate this year's season and say farewell to lone senior Eric Zuk '11. Zuk, after speaking on his time at MIT, was awarded both the Most Improved Player award, as well as the Jack Barry award for the student-athlete who demonstrated the most heart and leadership on the team. 6'8" big-man Will Dickson '14 took home Rookie of the Year honors, while Will Tashman '13 was voted MVP.

The celebrations continued the next morning at DAPER's 150th Celebration at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, where the history of all varsity sports were highlighted. This event preceded MIT's historic 150th Convocation.

(Hundreds gathered for DAPER's 150th Celebration
event Sunday morning)

(Assistant Coach Bill Johnson '10, and captains Noel Hollingsworth '13,
Mitchell Kates '13, Will Tashman '13, and Dan Mccue '13 having a good
time with Coach Anderson at DAPER's 150th Celebration)

(The Men's Basketball Conference Championship trophy
along with some other MIT athletics hardware earned this year)

(Thousands poured in later in the day for the MIT 150th Convocation)

(MIT President Dr. Susan Hockfield, an avid MIT Basketball fan,
speaking at the Convocation)