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Grimes, Walsh and RIC men’s basketball honored by R.I. basketball media

RIC senior Jake Grimes of Providence, head men’s basketball coach Bob Walsh and the 2009-10 RIC men’s basketball team were honored at the annual Cox Sports Rhode Island Basketball Media Awards at the Radisson Airport Hotel on March 29.

Jake Grimes and Bob Walsh display their awards.
Grimes and Johnson & Wales’ Lamonte Thomas received the Steve McDonald Award, signifying them as the Men’s Co-Players of the Year (Div. III).

Grimes was named First Team All-Little East Conference and to the league’s All-Defensive Team, as well as team MVP. He was considered to be one of the top guards in the conference, after transferring into RIC from the University of Rhode Island and two seasons at CCRI.

He played in 30 games, starting 26 of them. Grimes averaged 14.9 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.6 steals per game. He ranked first on the team in points and steals, was second in blocks, while ranking third in both assists and total rebounds.

Grimes had season-highs of 30 points and four steals at Eastern Connecticut on Dec. 5, grabbed nine rebounds against UMass Dartmouth on Feb. 26, dished out seven assists at UMass Dartmouth on Feb. 16 and had three blocks against Keene State on Feb. 6.

Walsh received the Jim Baron Award, signifying him as the Men’s Coach of the Year (Div. III). It is the third time he has received this award (2009 and 2007).

Walsh guided the Anchormen to a 22-8 record. Under his tutelage, RIC won the Little East Conference regular season championship for the fourth time in six years (2009, ’07, ’05), captured the conference tournament title for the third time in four years (2008, ’07) and secured a berth in the NCAA tournament for the fourth consecutive campaign, advancing to the Sweet 16 for the second time in four years (2007).

The Anchormen also received the Dave Gavitt Award, signifying RIC as the Team of the Year (all divisions).