Former Michigan Wolverine basketball players Courtney Sims and Brent Petway collected some new hardware this week to go along next to their 2004 NIT rings.
Sims was named the NBA Developmental League Most Valuable player. Sims played 32 games with the Iowa Energy this past season averaged 23 points and 11 rebounds per game. He was also a starter and won the co-MVP of the 2009 D League All Star game. Since leaving Michigan Sims has played three games with the Indiana Pacers. He has also had training camp and summer league stints with Toronto Raptors, New Orleans Hornets and Charlotte Bobcats. He is playing on a 10 day contract with the New York Knicks.
Petway was named the NBA Developmental League Defensive Player of the Year. Petway appeared in all 45 games for the Idaho Stampede. He was second in the league with 2.1 blocks per game and was the key stopper on the D League's best defensive team. He was also a starter in the D League All Star game. "Air Georgia" is well known as the best dunker in the D League and has actually challenged NBA dunk champ Dwight Howard in a dunk-off. Michigan fans will remember him for the great winged-helmet haircut he wore during the 2007 Ohio State game. He has played for the Portland Trailblazers and Toronto Raptors training camp and summer league teams.