Nick Faust had a career week as Long Beach State notched two conference wins. The Baltimore, Maryland native has been named NetScouts Basketball’s National Player of the Week for games from January 25th to January 31st.
The 6-foot-6 senior began the week with a career-high 34 points in an 80-70 overtime victory against UC Santa Barbara. He added eight rebounds and three assists while shooting 12-of-25 from the field. Faust then had another career day, this time by grabbing 14 rebounds, while adding 28 points in a win at Hawaii. On the week, Faust averaged 31.0 points, 11.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists, and 2.0 steals per game while shooting 53.7% (22-41) from the field, 36.4% (8-22) from deep, and 83.3% (10-12) from the free throw line.
After transferring from Maryland, Faust has almost doubled his scoring and rebounding averages while shooting far more efficiently from the field. The athletic wing helped Long Beach State jump to 5-3 in Big West play after the 49ers played the toughest non-conference schedule in the country.
Buddy Hield has been a regular in our weekly awards and earned another honor after scoring 30+ points in wins over Texas Tech and LSU. The Freeport, Bahamas native has been named NetScouts Basketball’s International Player of the Week for games from January 25th to January 31st.
Hield opened the week with 30 points on 9-of-12 shooting against Texas Tech. He added six rebounds and three assists in the 91-67 victory. The 6-foot-4 senior then dropped 32 points at LSU, including seven three-pointers in the second half, to spark a late 77-75 comeback win. Hield added seven rebounds while shooting 11-of-22 from the field as the Sooners improved to 18-2 on the year. On the week, Hield averaged 31.0 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 2.0 assists per game while shooting 58.8% (20-34) from the field, 56.5% (13-23) from distance, and a near-perfect 9-of-10 from the line.
This marks the fourth time Hield has earned the International Player of the Week honor and he has clearly made his case for the National Player of the Year award. He’s averaging 26.2 points per game as a senior while he’s eclipsed the 30-point mark eight times this season. With this type of play, Hield has moved himself into lottery discussion.
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