The NetScouts Basketball Men’s National Player of the Week ending February 19, 2012 is Drew Gordon of New Mexico. Gordon averaged 22.0 points and 18.5 rebounds while helping New Mexico take sole possession of first place in the Mountain West standings with back-to-back wins over top-15 opponents. After defeating San Diego State 77-67, Gordon registered his 26th career double-double with a personal-best 27 points and 20 rebounds in a 65-45 win over No. 11 UNLV. He is just the eighth player in the last decade to record a 20-point, 20-rebound performance against a top-25 opponent.
The 6’9, 245-pound senior forward shot 65 percent (13-of-20) from the field in 36 minutes of play against UNLV. For the week, Gordon was 20-of-35 (.571) from the field.
5’7 senior guard Tavelyn James of Eastern Michigan is our Women’s National Player of the Week. James put on a great scoring performance averaging 29.5 points per game while shooting 48.9 percent (23-of-47) from the floor. In the 83-56 victory over Western Michigan she had a game-high 30 points, following it with a 29-point performance in a 77-57 win at Northern Illinois. It was her 17th 20+ point performance of the season. With her four three-pointers on the week, she now ranks third all-time in MAC-history with 282. The Eagles are now 11-2 in the MAC and have won seven-straight games.
Our International Player of the Week is Temple’s Juan Fernandez. The 6’4 senior guard from Argentina led the Owls to victories over St. Bonaventure (76-70) and Duquesne (78-59). For the week, Fernandez shot 54% (12-of-22) from the field, 64% (7-of-11) on three-pointers and a perfect 5-of-5 from the charity stripe. In addition he averaged 18 points, five assists and three steals while committing a total of only two turnovers. Fernandez is averaging 11.2 points and 4.0 assists with a nearly 2:1 assist/turnover ratio for the Atlantic 10 leading Owls.
Thanks to the New Mexico and Eastern Michigan Athletic Departments for the photos.