Named in honor of former Binghamton Bearcat Mahamoud Jabbi, who made Binghamton out of an open tryout, only to go on to become one of the best players in the league.
OBW Mahamoud Jabbi America East men’s basketball Walk-on of the Year Award.
Ben Grace, Soph., G, UMBC
Grace began the season excelling at the normal, garden variety walk-on activities: pregame hand shakes, towel waving, and bringing everything he had in practice. But by the end of the year, The Grace-a-nator (as dubbed by teammate Devarick Houston) had earned time in the starting lineup, where he showed some serious cojones and no fear knocking down contested 3-pointers in games. Grace’s overall numbers, 17 minutes and 3.6 points per game on 35.9 percent shooting from downtown, are darn solid for a walk on, but they’re also deflated by riding the pine for the first half of the year. Grace saved his two best games for Binghamton, scoring 17 points and drilling five 3-pointers each time he faced the Bearcats.