After leading St. Bonaventure to two consecutive conference wins this week Andrew Nicholson has been named the Men’s Player of the Week. Nicholson averaged 25.0 points, 10.0 rebounds, and 3.5 blocks during the two game stretch including a 30 point, 13 rebound, and 6 block performance to hand Dayton its first A-10 loss, 81-73. It marked just the third 30+ 10+ 5+ game in the nation over the last two seasons.
Junior guard Brittany Wilson seemed to score from everywhere on the court this week in La Salle’s victories over conference powers Xavier and Fordham, earning herself Women’s Player of the Week honors. With those wins Wilson was able to help La Salle improve to 3-0 in A-10 play for the first time since the 1996-97 season. Against Fordham, Wilson scored a career-high 31 points (14-19), while dishing out a career-best seven assists.
For the second straight week UC Riverside guard Phil Martin has been named Men’s Player of the Week after leading his team to a home sweep of conference contenders UC Santa Barbara and Cal Poly. The 6-4 senior averaged 23.0 points and 7.0 rebounds while shooting 44.2% (15 of 34) from the field and 92.9% (13 of 14) at the free throw line for the week which included a career-high 33 points against UCSB.
Kassandra McCalister earned Women’s Player of the Week honors after leading UC Irvine to their first sweep of the central coast since the 2005-06 season with wins over co-defending Big West Champions UC Santa Barbara and Cal Poly. The senior guard led her team in scoring both games and for the week averaged 18.5 points, 5.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists while shooting .481 from the field and .600 from long distance.
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Kent Bazemore has been named the Men’s Player of the Week after averaging 21.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 2.0 steals in a pair of Old Dominion victories last week. The senior guard scored a career-high 27 points and tied a career high with 12 rebounds in a 68-66 overtime road win at Delaware. He hit a game-tying shot with 2 seconds left in regulation and then scored 9 of ODU’s 11 points in the extra session. He’s averaging 18.2 ppg in six CAA contests.
VCU’s Courtney Hunt received Women’s Player of the Week honors after leading the Rams to a 2-0 week with victories over Old Dominion and William & Mary. The senior forward poured in 25.0 points and 15.5 rebounds per contest for VCU in a pair of double-double performances. Hurt opened the week with 22 points and 16 boards against ODU, including five of the Rams’ six points in overtime. The senior forward led all scorers with game highs of 28 points and 15 rebounds against the Tribe.
After leading Rice to back-to-back conference road wins for the first time since 2005 Arsalan Kazemi has been named the Men’s Player of the Week. The junior from Iran averaged 16.5 points and 13 rebounds in wins at SMU and Tulane last week. During the week, Kazemi registered his 40th and 41st career double-doubles. The junior needs just two more double-doubles to set the Conference USA career record.
SMU’s Akil Simpson did a little bit of everything for her team and earned herself Women’s Player of the Week honors. In victories over Marshall and Houston, Simpson averaged 18.0 points, 14.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 3.0 steals. In those games the sophomore became the first Mustang to have back-to-back double-doubles since former standout Delisha Wills did so in 2010.
Carrying Valparaiso into a tie for second place, junior forward Kevin Van Wijk has been named the Men’s Player of the Week. On the week, Van Wijk scored 46 points in 48 minutes of play, going 17-for-27 from the field. He is presently 12th nationally in field goal percentage (60.8%). Controlling the post, Van Wijk led Valparaiso to a 2-0 weekend in conference play, vaulting the Crusaders into a tie for second place in the League, just one-half game behind Milwaukee.
After recording a pair of double-doubles last week Loyola freshman Simone Law was named Women’s Player of the Week. Law averaged 17.5 points and 10.0 rebounds to help the Ramblers to road wins at Youngstown State and Cleveland State. The powerful freshman leads the team in both scoring (14.0 ppg) and rebounding (7.4 rpg) this season and her five double-doubles are the most by a Rambler freshman since Tonya Crum racked up five during the 1997-98 season.
The Bradley Braves had an up-and-down week last week but one consistent bright spot was forward Taylor Brown who earned Men’s Player of the Week honors. Brown led the Braves in scoring and rebounding with 28 points and 12 rebounds in an 82-74 loss to Drake. He followed that up by leading the team in scoring and rebounding with 14 points and 8 rebounds in a 78-41 loss to Wichita State. Finally, Brown put up 23 points and 8 rebounds, closing out the week with a 78-67 win over Northern Iowa.
Drake star Rachel Hackbarth garnered Women’s Player of the Week accolades. Hackbarth led Drake to two victories last week, notching double-doubles in both. The senior scored 25 points and pulled down a season-high 15 rebounds against Southern Illinois, then totaled 21 points and grabbed 14 boards against Evansville.
Sophomore guard Jamaal Franklin has been named the Men’s Player of the Week after posting a pair of double-doubles as then-No. 22 SDSU defeated Chicago State and No. 12 UNLV. In the UNLV game, Franklin exploded for a team-high 24 points, career-high 10 rebounds and two steals in 38 minutes. En route to his fourth career 20-point scoring effort, the sophomore converted all eight of his free-throw attempts to establish a career high.
Boise State center Lauren Lenhardt earned herself Women’s Player of the Week accolades after leading the Broncos to wins over New Mexico (65-46) and Air Force (81-75). Lenhardt averaged 26 points and 4.5 rebounds per game while shooting 52.8 percent (19-36) from the field, 83.3 percent from three-point range and 90 percent from the free throw line for the week. Against the Lobos at home on Wednesday night, she scored a team-high 23 points and grabbed six rebounds.
For the second consecutive week Davidson junior Jake Cohen has been named the Men’s Player of the Week. Cohen leads the SoCon is scoring at 23.5 points per game and in blocked shots with 2.5 per game. The junior forward tallied 26 points and 6 rebounds in a big 88-67 win against Western Carolina. In the next game he led all players with a 21 point and 7 rebound performance in a narrow 83-79 win over Appalachian State.
Thanks to her back-to-back 20+ point performances this week Chattanooga’s Whitney Hood has been named the Women’s Player of the Week. The 6-2 forward scored a season-high 24 points in a 74-67 win over Wofford on Friday while shooting 10-of-12 from the charity stripe. Hood has recorded four straight games as the Lady Mocs’ leading scorer and has helped Chattanooga remain undefeated in conference play.
After leading his team to a perfect 3-0 West Coast Conference record last week, Saint Mary’s junior guard Matthew Dellavedova is the Men’s Player of the Week. Dellavedova averaged 20.7 points and 6.3 assists per game, shooting 55% from the field and 50% from beyond the three-point arc. Dellavedova scored a career high 27 points in a victory over San Francisco, adding 26 more in a win over conference rival Gonzaga.
Saint Mary’s senior guard Alex Carbonel is the Women’s Basketball Player of the Week after leading the Gaels to two road victories in the WCC last week. She scored a game-high 18 points, including six points in the final 4:43, to help SMC pull away from then No. 22 Gonzaga. Carbonel scored 14 points and added four assists in a 75-71 win at Portland on Thursday night.
Hawaii’s Vander Joaquim has been named the Men’s Player of the Week after gutsy performances against Fresno State and Nevada. The junior center scored a season-high 23 points, while adding 16 rebounds and three blocks for his fifth double-double of the season in the overtime win at Fresno State. Joaquim recorded his third-straight 20 point game with 23 points in a near-upset at Nevada. He also added seven rebounds and a career-high seven blocks which was one short of the school record.
After leading San Jose State to its first win in a WAC opener since the 2005-06 season, Brittany Johnson has been named the Women’s Player of the Week. The senior finished with 22 points, 12 rebounds and five assists in an 83-67 win over Hawaii posting her fifth double-double of the year and extending her streak of double-digit scoring games to 17.
Michael Plesha is a Correspondent for NetScouts Basketball and can be followed on twitter @MichaelPlesha. Thanks to St. Bonaventure University, Ray Acevedo and Valparaiso University for the photos.