ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Xavier Simpson has been named the Most Valuable Player of Michigan’s men’s basketball team.
The Lima Senior High School graduate was announced as the winner of three major awards at Michigan’s team banquet on Wednesday night — the Bill Buntin MVP Award, the Steve Grote Hustle Award and the Gary Grant Most Assists award.
Simpson, a junior guard, averaged 8.8 points, 6.6 assists and 5.0 rebounds in his second season as the starting point guard for the Wolverines.
The 2016 Ohio Mr. Basketball was named first-team all-Big Ten by The Associated Press, and coaches picked him second team all-league and to the Big Ten’s All-Defensive team. His 6.6 assists ranked eleventh nationally and his assist/turnover ratio was the sixth best in the country.
Michigan finished 30-7 this season, the second year in a row the Wolverines have won 30 or more games.