|Brendan Boken||Ross Danzig||Justin Klingman|
In each of the past two seasons, veteran University of Scranton
men’s basketball coach Carl
Danzig has presented the John ‘Les’
Dickman award as the Royals’ most valuable player (MVP) to
his son, senior guard Ross
Danzig (Clarks Green, Pa./Abington Heights/Blair
This year Ross will share this prestigious award with junior forward Brendan Boken (South Pasadena, Calif./Loyola) and senior guard Justin Klingman (Clarks Summit, Pa./Abington Heights), when it’s presented for the 62nd time Wednesday, February 11, prior to the Royals’ game against Susquehanna University at 7:00 p.m. in the Long Center.
Tickets are $5.00 for adults (18-60) and $3.00 for students (8-17) and senior citizens (61 and older). All children, 7 and under accompanied by an adult, will be admitted free, as well as all University of Scranton students, faculty, and staff. The game will be carried live by WUSR, 99.5 FM, and over the Internet at wusrfm.com, with Dean Corwin and Harry Dammer calling all the action. Live stats and video are also available at the following web address: http://athletics.scranton.edu/sports/mbkb/2014-15/boxscores/20150211_lj0x.xml.
Boken, Danzig, and Klingman have put up numbers that would have made Mr. Dickman proud.
Boken currently leads the Royals in scoring (17.4), rebounding (7.1), blocks (1.4), and field goal percentage (.638). On January 3, in a 75-73 victory over Wilkes University, he became the 42nd player in Royals’ history to score 1000 career points and enters Wednesday’s game 28th on the all-time list with 1173 points. He has started 74 of 75 games in his career and has scored in double figures 59 times.
Danzig, who won the Dickman Award outright in 2013 and shared it with Tommy Morgan last year, has overcome an ankle injury to regain his place as one of the top all-around players in the Landmark Conference. In his last 10 games, he is averaging 16.1 points, 6.8 rebounds, and 4.9 assists per game. He will start his 105th game Wednesday and is currently ninth in scoring (1691), 10th in assists (348), 14th in blocks (87), 15th in steals (119), and 16th in rebounding (685) in Royals’ history.
Klingman’s career is a testament to hard work and perseverance.
He played only seven games his freshman year and did not break into the starting lineup until the 10th game of his junior year. Since then, he has blossomed into one of the top 3-point shooting guards in the country, where he currently leads the Landmark Conference in 3-point shooting accuracy (51.1 percent) and is the NCAA Division III career leader (52.7 percent) among active players. He was named the most valuable player (MVP) of the Radisson/PNC Bank Invitational in November and was selected to the all-tournament team at the Cross County Challenge at King’s College in January.
Wednesday’s game has important ramifications for both teams. A win by the Royals (17-4 overall/11-1 conference) guarantees that they can finish no worse than second place in the Landmark Conference, while Susquehanna (15-6 overall/8-4 conference) can lock up a playoff spot with a victory.
The late John ‘Les’ Dickman was a native of Scranton and a two-sport standout at the University (football, basketball) whose life was cut short in an industrial accident. The Dickman award has been presented annually since 1954.