MAC Men’s Basketball East Division Player of the Week
Maurice Ndour, Ohio, Forward
Junior, Mbour, Senegal/Monroe College (N.Y.)
Ndour averaged 16.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, 3.0 blocks and 2.0 steals per game while shooting 56.5 percent (13-23) from the field in two games for Ohio this week. The Mbour, Senegal, native shined in the Bobcats’ 76-72 win over Valparaiso with a career-best 23 points on 9-of-13 shooting. Ndour also hit personal bests in steals (4) and blocks (5) in a stellar all-around effort by the junior. On Tuesday at No. 10/9 Ohio State, Ndour posted eight of his 10 points (4-6 FG) in the second half to help Ohio mount a comeback and move within five (65-60) of the nationally-ranked Buckeyes late in the game. Ndour also notched a team-high nine rebounds against OSU.
MAC Men’s Basketball West Division Player of the Week
Julius Brown, Toledo, Guard
Junior, Markham, IL/Hillcrest
Brown led Toledo to its second victory ever over an Atlantic Coast Conference foe by tallying a game-high 23 points and 10 assists in the Rockets’ 95-92 triumph at Boston College. Brown shot 8-of-14 from the field and 7-of-8 from the free-throw line and committed just one turnover in 31 minutes of action en route to the fifth double-double of his career. Brown’s quarterbacking of the Rocket offense helped UT shoot 57.1 percent in the contest, including a sizzling 69.6 percent in the second half. He ignited a 14-2 spurt down the stretch to help UT overcome an 84-76 deficit by penetrating and dishing off to Justin Drummond for a corner trey with 3:16 to play. Brown then put the Rockets ahead to stay with a fadeaway 15-foot jumper with 55 seconds remaining.
Quincy Diggs, Akron, Forward
Senior, Dallas, Texas/Plano East High School
Diggs led the Zips during their two-game road trip, averaging 16.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.0 steals per game. He closed the week shooting 47.6 percent from the floor, 44.4 percent from long range (4-9) and 90.0 percent from the charity stripe (9-10). He had a career day against Middle Tennessee, posting a game and career-high 26 points to go along with five rebounds and two steals. His previous career high of 19 points came at Mississippi State on Nov. 9, 2011. Diggs is the first Zip score 25 points in a game since Chris McKnight against Ohio on Feb. 14, 2010 (25).
Zavier Turner, Ball State, Guard
Freshman, Indianapolis, Ind./Pike
Turner scored 17 points and handed out four assists Tuesday in Ball State’s win over Taylor. It was Turner’s second straight game with 17 points and at least four assists to begin his collegiate career. He hit three 3-pointers for the second game in a row, knocking down 3 of 4 attempts from beyond the arc. Turner also added three steals on the defensive end of the floor. Through two games, he ranks among the top 10 in the MAC in 3-pointers per game (3.0), free throw percentage (1.000), 3-point percentage (.667), assists per game (4.5), steals per game (2.5), points per game (17.0) and minutes per game (31.0).
Jehvon Clarke, Bowling Green, Guard
Junior, Canton, Ohio/Timken
Clarke led the Falcons in scoring with 17 points, which matched his career-high set in the season opener versus Earlham. Clarke, who played 39 minutes in the loss to South Florida last Friday night, scored 10 straight points over a four minute stretch midway through the second half to keep the Falcons within striking distance of the Bulls. The point guard had 12 of his 17 points in the second half of play.
Javon McCrea, Buffalo, Forward
Senior, Newark, NY/Newark
McCrea had a pair of double-doubles for the Bulls this past weekend as he averaged 25.0 points and 14.0 rebounds per game, including his fourth 30-point game of his career. McCrea opened the week, by recording 31 points and 14 rebounds at Niagara, while also adding two blocks and a steal. McCrea was able to get to the line as he went 13-of-16 from the charity stripe against the Purple Eagles. McCrea also pulled down 14 rebounds, including nine on the offensive end in the game. The preseason All-MAC selection, tied the 14-rebound performance in UB’s home-opening win over West Virginia Wesleyan where he had seven on the offensive end. McCrea added a game-high 19 points against the Bobcats, while adding a block and two steals. Through the first week of the season, McCrea is averaging a double-double with 21.3 points and 11.0 rebounds per game.
Chris Fowler, Central Michigan, Guard
Sophomore, Southfield, Mich./Detroit Country Day
Fowler led Central Michigan in scoring in each of its two games last week, posting 20 or more points versus Bradley and Pepperdine. On the road against Bradley, Fowler shot 80 percent from the field, making 8-of-10 attempts, accounting for a portion of his 20 total points. He also dished out five assists and recorded four rebounds and three assists. Versus Pepperdine, Fowler scored a career-high 23 points to go along with four assists and two rebounds. For the week, Fowler scored 43 points, shooting 61 percent from the field, with nine assists, six rebound and three steals.
Karrington Ward, Eastern Michigan, Guard/Forward
Junior, Lockport, Ill./Lockport Township
Ward has put together a strong beginning to his EMU career after helping the Eagles to a 3-0 start on the 2013-14 season. The Lockport, Ill. native led EMU in scoring this week after posting 17 against Concordia Tuesday, Nov. 12, and pouring in 18 against Northeast Conference foe Robert Morris Thursday, Nov. 14. The junior shot 47.1 percent from the floor, while hitting 50.0 percent of his three point shots. Ward was also solid at the charity stripe going 17-for-20 which was good for an 85.0 percent clip. Offense wasn’t the only part of Ward’s game that excelled this week. He was a beast on the boards as well, averaging 9.5 caroms per contest. Ward posted the first double-double of his career after recording 18 points and 12 rebounds against Robert Morris. It was also the first double-double by an Eagle since Da’Shonte Riley scored 13 points and pulled down 11 rebounds against Northern Illinois University last season, March 11, 2013
Kris Brewer, Kent State, Guard
Junior, Memphis, Tenn./Brehm Prep
Junior guard Kris Brewer made it clear that he is the leader of this Kent State team with his performances this past week, helping the Golden Flashes go 2-1 during a stretch that included a pair of nationally-televised road games in three nights. While not having one of his better offensive performances in Monday’s game at Temple, Brewer made several key plays when his team needed them down the stretch to lift the Flashes to an 81-77 victory. He scored his first field goal of the game with 1:14 to play that gave Kent State a four-point lead. Following a stop and defensive rebound, Brewer stepped up to the free throw line and made two free throws to extend the lead to six. Leading by four with 20 seconds to play, the Flashes turned the ball over near mid-court and Brewer hustled back on defense to get in position to draw a charging foul on the Temple player to help save the victory. Just two nights later, Brewer poured in a career-high 28 points and nearly carried Kent State to victory over Seton Hall before fouling out with 31 seconds left. He made all four of his three-point attempts, the final one giving the Flashes a brief lead with 5:05 to play. Brewer capped the week by scoring 12 points to lead the Flashes to a 75-58 victory over Saint Peter’s in their return home at the M.A.C. Center.
Reggie Johnson, Miami/Guard
Sophomore, Chicago, Ill./St. Joseph
For the second time in as many games, Reggie Johnson eclipsed the 20-point mark and set a career high in scoring. Johnson led all players at Arizona State with a career-high 24 points and accounted for over 44 percent of the RedHawks’ scoring against the Sun Devils. He sunk a career-most nine field goals, shooting 56.3 percent from the floor. Johnson also sunk 5-of-6 free throws, and has missed just one charity toss this season. In addition to his scoring output, Johnson also tied a career high with five steals and added two assists in 37 minutes of action. Johnson leads the MAC in scoring, averaging 23.0 ppg this season.
Shayne Whittington, Western Michigan, Center
Redshirt Senior, Paw Paw, Mich./Lawrence
Whittington returned to the Bronco line-up after being forced to sit out the first two games of the year, recording a double-double in each contest and helping the Broncos to a 2-0 record in that span. Whittington returned in the Broncos’63-52 win over Tennessee State on Nov. 11 at the Rainbow Classic hosted by Hawai’I; Whittington posted his first double-double of the season with 14 points and a game-high 12 rebounds. He was even better in the Broncos’ home opener on Sunday, helping them hold off a hard-charging Alabama A&M team with a team-high 22 points and a game- and career-high 17 rebounds against the Bulldogs.