The following are NetScouts Basketball’s conference players of the week for games in the week ending January 6, 2013.
Men: Mark Nwakamma, Hartford, 6-6 Sophomore F
Nwakamma averaged 18.0 points, four rebounds and 2.5 assists in wins over Binghamton and Boston University. The sophomore forward, started his week by scoring 23 points on 7-of-8 shooting in a 61-58 win.. He then had 13 points and four boards in a 77-74 win at Boston University.
Women: Rashidat Agboola, Boston University, 6-1 Junior F
Agboola started the week with nine points and a game-high 12 rebounds in the Terriers win over the Stony Brook. She followed that with 26 points, accounting for more than half of Boston U.’s points in a 45-39 win at Hartford. Agboola also had five rebounds, three assists and three blocks in the contest. For the week, she averaged 17.5 points, 8.5 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game.
Men: Damon Heuir, Southern Utah, 6-2 Senior G
Heuir, a 6-foot-2, senior guard from Townsville, Australia, scored a season-high 30 points with four rebounds, two assists and two steals in Southern Utah’s 90-77 road win over Northern Arizona on Saturday, Jan. 5. The 30 points are the most scored by a Big Sky player this season. Heuir made 6-of-11 shots from the field, was 4-of-6 from 3-point range, and 14-of-16 from the free-throw line. Southern Utah, in its first season in the Big Sky, is now 3-0 in conference play.
Women: Rachel Semansky, Montana State, 6-0 Senior F
For the weekend, Semansky averaged 21 points and 6.5 rebounds, while shooting an impressive 72 percent (13-for-18) from the field and 84 percent (16-for-19) from the free throw line. In MSU’s first game, Semansky tied the MSU school-record going 12-of-12 from the free throw line to finish with a game-high 22 points, while adding five rebounds, two assists, two steals and a blocked shot. She followed that effort as the Bobcats snapped EWU’s five-game winning streak, posting 20 points (8-of-10 FGs), eight rebounds and an assist. On the season, the forward has recorded four games with 20 or more points. She also leads the Big Sky in field-goal percentage, a spot she’s held the past two seasons. Her 764 career rebounds moves her into third on MSU’s all-time list, while her 1,154 career points are 14th all-time. Semansky also became just the third Bobcat in history to record over 1,110 points and 750 rebounds.
Men: Brandon Jawato, Hawaii, 6-4 Freshman G
For the week, Jawato averaged 16 points while shooting 71 percent from the field and 90 percent from behind the arc.
Women: Alex Sanchez, Long Beach State, 5-10 Sophomore G
The 5-10 guard registered 15 points to go along with eight rebounds and four assists as the 49ers earned a 62-52 victory over Cal Poly. Sanchez also knocked down 7-of-8 free throw attempts and had two steals against the Mustangs. Sanchez returned two days later with 12 points in LBSU’s 52-45 triumph versus UC Santa Barbara. For the week, she averaged 13.5 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.0 steals while hitting on 47.1 (8-of- 17) percent from the floor and 81.8 (9-of-11) percent at the charity stripe.
Men: Jerrelle Benimon, Towson, 6-6 Junior F
Benimon averaged 18.5 points, 12.0 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 4.0 blocks last week. The junior forward had 19 points, seven rebounds, five assists and five blocks as the Tigers handed UNCW 69-64 loss. He followed with 18 points, 16 boards, four assists and three blocks as Towson beat Drexel 69-66.
Women: Kirby Burkholder, James Madison, Junior G
Burkholder posted 27 points against Georgia Southern to open the week, shooting 75.0 percent (9-of-12), while finishing the week averaging 21.0 ppg. She also averaged 8.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 3.5 steals per game. Burkholder shot 60.9 percent from the floor in the two outings, while going 50 percent from long range and 83.3 percent from the free throw line.
Men: Joe Jackson, Memphis, 6-1 Junior G
Jackson helped lead the Tigers to an 85-80 victory over in-state rival Tennessee with 20 points, seven assists and four steals. He shot 55.6 percent from the field, 50 percent from the arc and 81.8 percent from the free throw line.
Women: Nicole Dickson, Memphis, 6-0 Senior F
Dickson averaged 24.5 points and 6.5 rebounds in a 2-0 week for the Tigers. Against Tennessee Tech she finished with 15 points and five rebounds, adding a block and an 83.3 percent stroke from the free-throw line. Against Wright State, Dickson finished with 34 points. She shot 73.3 percent from the field (11-for-15), hit 3-of-4 3-point field goal attempts and was 9-for-10 from the free-throw line.
Men: Kendrick Perry, Youngstown State, 6-0 Junior G
In a Youngstown State setback at UIC, Perry had 19 points, going 7-of-12 from the floor. The junior came up one rebound shy of a double-double in the loss, playing all 40 minutes.
Women: Brandi Brown, Youngstown State, 5-11 Senior F
Brown scored a season-high 28 points in Youngstown State’s 58-45 win at VCU. She also grabbed 10 rebounds to record a double-double. Brown was 13-of-20 from the field in the game, including 8-of-11 in the first half when she scored 18 points.
Men: Ian Hummer, Princeton, 6-6 Senior F
The Princeton senior forward had a monster game in the Tigers’ 74-64 road win at Elon, with 28 points on 10-of-16 shooting. He also added six rebounds, two steals, one assist and one block.
Women: Christine Clark, Harvard , 5-11 Junior G
Clark finished with 19 and 21 points, respectively, in the Crimson’s wins over UMass and Rhode Island. She became the 18th member of Harvard’s 1,000-point club during the game against UMass.
Men: DJ Cooper, Ohio, 6-0 Senior G
Cooper tallied 17 assists and added 12 points, six rebounds and four steals to help Ohio earn a win over rival Marshall (94-57). This season, Cooper leads the MAC with 8.5 assists per game.
Women: Kiyana Black, Ohio, 5-5 Freshman G
Kiyanna had a very strong week for the Bobcats, scoring 23 points during Ohio’s 68-62 win at Xavier. The freshman shot 50 percent (9-of-18) from the field, including 3-of-4 from beyond the arc. Black also pulled down five rebounds.
Men: Cleanthony Early, a junior forward from Wichita State, averaged 17.5 points and three rebounds last week.
Women: Janae Smith, a sophomore forward from Illinois State, averaged 22 points, 12.5 rebounds and three assists last week as they go 2-0 during the week.
Men: Anthony Bennett, a freshman forward from UNLV, averaged 25 points and 10.5 rebounds as the Ontario native helped UNLV to two wins.
Women: Chaundra Sewell, a senior forward from Wyoming, had a double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds in a 87-38 win against South Dakota.
Men: Isaiah Canaan, a senior guard from Murray State, averaged 23 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists last week in two victories for the Racers.
Women: Mariah Robinson, a senior guard from Murray State, averaged 16.5 points, five rebounds and four assists last week as the Racers split two games.
Men: Mike Muscala, a senior center from Bucknell averaged 19 points, 12.5 rebounds and three blocks as the Bison went 1-1.
Women: Audrey Dotson, a sophomore from Bucknell, averaged 22 points, five rebounds, and 2.5 assists as Bucknell split two games on the week
Men: Trey Sumler, a junior guard from Western Carolina, averaged 20 points, 5 assists and 3.5 steals over two games.
Women: Latisha Harris, a senior center from the College of Charleston, averaged 17 points and 11.5 rebounds in two wins.
Men: Nate Wolters, a senior guard from South Dakota State, averaged 24.5 points, six assists and 5.5 rebounds last week.
Women: Paige Frauendorfer, a senior guard from Nebraska – Omaha, averaged 19.5 points and 10.5 rebounds last week in two victories.
Men: Greg Gantt, a senior guard from Florida Atlantic , averaged 23.5 points and two assists in two victories.
Women: Chenise Miller, a junior forward from Florida Atlantic, had 16 points and eight rebounds in 23 minutes in a 79-44 win against Louisiana.
West Coast Conference
Men: Kelly Olynyk, a junior forward from Gonzaga, averaged 23.3 points and 7.6 rebounds to help Gonzaga go 3-0 during the week.
Women: Taelor Karr, a senior guard from Gonzaga, averaged 21 points and 2.5 assists in wins over San Diego and Santa Clara.
Andrew Heath and Steven Siewert are scouts and correspondents for NetScouts Basketball.