April 20, 2011
AUBURN-- Auburn sophomore point guard Josh Wallace received the Foy Spirit Award at the SGA Honors Banquet. The award is one of the highest awards that any Auburn student can receive.
"Josh is a very deserving recipient of this prestigious honor," said Dr. Gary Waters, Associate Dean of the College of Business Undergraduate Programs. "He is a great representative of Auburn University, our Athletics Department and our basketball team."
The Foy Spirit Award is a $1,000 scholarship given each year in memory of Dean of Students James E. Foy and his late wife, Emmalu Foy. The Foy family established the award to recognize and reward a student who exhibits exceptional qualities of leadership, character and a commitment to the Auburn community while maintaining a job to help fund education expenses."
Wallace won the Outstanding Defensive Player and Playmaker of the Year awards at the team's awards banquet after ranking second in the SEC with 1.7 steals per game, thir din the league with a 1.8 assist/turnover ratio and fourth with 3.9 assists per game. The Pensacola, Fla., native started 26 of 31 games for the Tigers and averaged 5.7 points a game. He scored a career-high 17 points in Auburn's win at South Carolina.
"This is a tremendous honor for Josh," said Auburn head coach Tony Barbee. "He attacks academics with the same vigor as he does basketball. As coaches, you want guys who play bigger than what they are. You see a lot of 6-10 guys play like a 6-foot guard. When Josh looks in the mirror, he sees a guy that's 6-10, 300 pounds. And that's how he plays. He brings it every day. He does the same things academically. He is a wonderful person, and we are very proud of him."