Claridge receives Pete Maravich Award
at NCCAA Basketball Tournament
By: Kristi Spurgeon
Senior Jeremy Claridge received the 2006 Pete Maravich Award this weekend at the NCCAA Division I Basketball Championships held in Oakland City, Indiana.
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It was the Walla Walla College Wolves’ second consecutive trip to the National Christian College Athletic Association tournament.
This season Claridge led the Wolves to a 17-14 record. The 6’ 7” senior averaged 16.7 points per game and 7.2 rebounds a contest. He has a 3.99 GPA and plans on teaching physical education and math after his graduation in June.
“Jeremy is the key to our success,” says coach Jimmy Hill, who nominated Claridge for the award. “He is extremely versatile.”
The Pete Maravich Award is presented to an outstanding Christian basketball player each year. That athlete must possess a vital Christian testimony on and off the court and exhibit outstanding leadership qualities.
Claridge is involved in a multitude of community Christian programs and WWC Director of Athletics Tim Windemuth holds Claridge up as a good Christian example. “He has taken a strong Christian stand and there is no doubt in my mind that Jeremy’s best friend is Jesus Christ.”
The award is named for Hall of Famer "Pistol Pete" Maravich, a spectacular showman who helped open up the game of basketball in the 1970s. After a legendary college career at Louisiana State, he played 10 productive seasons in the NBA, earning five trips to the NBA All-Star Game and one league scoring title.