Deandre Ayton of the University of Arizona has been named NetScouts Basketball’s International Men’s Player of the Week for games through December 10th. The 7-0 freshman from the Bahamas averaged 21 points and 14 rebounds per game on 59 percent shooting while leading Arizona to wins over No. 7-ranked Texas A&M (67-64) and Alabama (88-82). Ayton had 13 points, ten rebounds, three assists and a block in the Texas A&M win. He followed that up with career-highs of 29 points and 18 rebounds against Alabama in a game in which he hit two late key mid-range jumpers as well as a three-pointer. Over his first ten games Ayton is averaging 20.5 points and a team-leading 11.9 rebounds.
Tiana Mangakahia of Syracuse University has been named NetScouts Basketball International Women’s Player of the Week for games through December 10th. She averaged 14.5 points, 9.5 assists and 2.5 steals on 47.1 percent shooting in wins versus Colgate University (79-39) and Drexel University (72-32). The sophomore guard from Meadowbrook, Australia had a very efficient game against Colgate when she shot both 50 percent from the field and from 3-point land and knocked down both of her free throws. She added nine assists and three steals to cap off her performance in the win. Mangakahia followed that up with another solid game against Drexel when she scored 16 points, dished out ten assists and came up with a pair of steals. She is currently leading the nation in assists at 11.3 per game while also helping Syracuse to a 9-0 record.
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