Men's Basketball
Illinois Announces Male Newcomer of the Year Finalists

Terry Hawthorne of football
Terry Hawthorne of football

April 29, 2010

The University Of Illinois Division Of Intercollegiate Athletics has announced the finalists for the 2010 Male Newcomer of the Year. The five finalists will be honored at the Scholar-Athlete Reception on May 3. The winner of the award will be selected at the end of the spring seasons.

The five Male Newcomer of the Year candidates are:
Terry Hawthorne, football
Stephen Hoh, tennis
Brandon Hohl, baseball
Yoshi Mori, men's gymnastics
D.J. Richardson, basketball.

Terry Hawthorne ended his first season on the football team with Sporting News Freshman All-Big Ten team honors. As a true-freshman, he started five games at cornerback for the Fighting Illini. During his outstanding first season, Hawthorne tallied 30 tackles, five passes broken up and an interception, which resulted in a 44-yard touchdown return. One of Hawthorne's most memorable moments on the field came against Michigan, where he changed the momentum of the game by making a touchdown-saving tackle at the one-yard line, leading the Illini to a 38-13 victory.

With the Big Ten Championships underway today, Stephen Hoh is primed to finish his first season with a strong performance for the No. 14 men's tennis team. Hoh is currently tied for fourth on the team with 17 wins at the No. 4, 5 and 6 singles spots, including a 5-2 record in Big Ten play. Throughout the season, he has recorded 11 wins in doubles matches, including four Big Ten matches. From March 2-23, Hoh won seven-straight matches, including wins over opponents on nationally ranked Stanford (then #15) and No. 17 Texas A&M squads.

Brandon Hohl has been instrumental to the success of the Illini baseball team this spring, and with much of the season remaining, his impact on the team will only continue. Through 26 games, Hohl is currently second on the team in batting average and RBIs, logging a .337 average with 23 RBIs. He has been "Mr. Clutch" for the Illini all season, leading the team with 11 RBIs and hitting .395 with two outs.

Four-time Big Ten Freshman of the Week Yoshi Mori of the men's gymnastics team had a fantastic rookie season. He was a significant contributor for the fourth-ranked Illini. He won five individual titles during the season on vault, parallel bars, high bar and the all-around. Mori finished in the top-3 12 times, and concluded his first season with Big Ten Co-Freshman of the Year honors.

D.J. Richardson was a threat to the Fighting Illini basketball team's opponents during the 2009-2010 season. He started 35 games, the most starts by a freshman in Illinois basketball history. He was fourth on the team with an average of 10.5 points a game and was the second leading scorer among freshmen in the Big Ten. During the season, he made 69 three-pointers, the second most by an Illinois freshman. He scored in double figures in 22 games, was second on the team in assists and averaged 2.7 rebounds. Richardson concluded his exceptional first season by earning Big Ten Freshman of the Year honors.

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