Tennessee men’s basketball player and Midway native Jordan McRae was named the Volunteers’ most valuable player Monday night in Knoxville as the team held its season-ending banquet for 2012-13, according to govolsxtra.com.
McRae increased his scoring from 8.6 points per game as a sophomore to a team-best 15.7 this past season as a junior.
He also was presented with his postseason Southeastern Conference awards. McRae was an All-SEC first-team choice.
Last month, McRae formally announced his decision for his senior season as a Vol instead of declaring for the National Basketball Association draft.
“I’m not ready for my experience at Tennessee to be over,” McRae said in a statement released by the school minutes after he actually broke the news himself on a radio show April 13. “I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to be a part of next year’s team, because I think we have a chance to have a great season. I also think there are aspects of my game I can improve by spending another year with my coaches and teammates here at Tennessee.”
McRae also led the Vols in minutes played (33.6 per game) this season. The 6-foot-5 guard averaged 19.2 points in conference play and had a career-high 35 points on Georgia on March 1 in Athens.