MAC East Division Men’s Basketball Player of the Week
Maurice Ndour, Ohio University, Forward
Junior, Mbour, Senegal/Monroe College (N.Y.)
Ndour averaged 15.5 points, 8.5 rebounds and shot 58 percent (11-19) from the field while leading Ohio to two home wins against teams ranked in the top-75 of the RPI this past week. In Tuesday’s 76-67 win over Mercer, Ndour posted his first career double-double with 23 points and a game-high 11 rebounds against the Bears. The Mbour, Senegal, native made 7-of-12 field goal attempts, 2-of-3 3-pointers, 7-of-8 free throws and added a block in a strong all-around effort for Ohio. Against Evansville on Saturday, Ndour chipped in eight points on 4-of-7 shooting and added six rebounds and an assist. On the defensive end, Ndour helped limit the hot shooting Aces to just 37.7 percent from the floor, well under their season average of 51.8 percent. The victory clinched the Ohio Classic title for the Bobcats, who finished the event with a 4-0 record.
MAC West Division Men’s Basketball Player of the Week
Connar Tava, Western Michigan, Forward
Sophomore, Macomb, Mich. / Warren De La Salle
In the midst of the best stretch of offensive productive in his young career, Tava was multi-faceted and efficient in the Broncos’ wins against Oakland and Cornell this past week. Tava went a perfect 8-of-8 from the field in the Broncos’ 99-88 win over Oakland, scoring a career-high 20 points while also added seven rebounds and four assists. The 99 points for the Broncos was their best offensive output since the 2010-11 season, and their most points scored against a Division I opponent in a game completed in regulation since the 1999-2000 season. Tava produced his first career double-double in the Broncos’ 83-70 win over Cornell, scoring 16 points and also notching career highs with 13 rebounds and four steals. Tava averaged 18.0 points, 10.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists, and 2.0 steals per game over the course of the week; on the season, he ranks third on the Broncos with an average of 13.4 points per game, and second with an average of 5.9 rebounds per game.
Cameron Black, Bowling Green, Center
Senior, Kent, Ohio/Roosevelt
Black earned Mayan Division Championship All-Tournament Team honors at the 2013 Cancun Challenge last week in Cancun, Mexico. The senior posted back-to-back double-doubles for the first time in his career. With that feat, Black became the first player in BGSU men’s basketball history to record consecutive double-doubles since Nate Miller did it in three straight contests back in March of 2008. His two double-doubles last week is twice as many as he had in his first three years at BGSU. Black posted 12 points and a career-high 14 rebounds in the win over Presbyterian College on Nov. 26. The 6-10 center shot 6-of-11 (54.5 percent) from the field overall and also filled up the stat sheet with two assists, one block and one steal. He followed up that performance with a double-double of 10 points and 13 rebounds in the Mayan Division Championship Game versus Oral Roberts. Black once more posted two assists, one block and one steal in the contest, while shooting 5-of-12 (41.7 percent) from the floor overall. With Black’s two blocks last week, he moves into a tie for fifth-place overall in BGSU men’s basketball history with 105 career blocks and is only three away from climbing into the top-four. Overall he averaged 11.0 points, 13.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.0 blocks and 1.0 steals over the Falcons’ two games in Mexico.
Jarod Oldham, Buffalo, Guard
Senior, Decator, IL/Eisenhower
Oldham led Buffalo to a pair of victories this past weekend against Robert Morris and Delaware State. In addition to averaging 12.5 points per game, Oldham also averaged 6.0 assists per contest, including a season-high seven dimes against Robert Morris. On the defensive end, Oldham forced three steals in each game, while adding a block against Delaware St. So far this season, Oldham is averaging 9.8 points per game and 5.1 assists per contest.
Chris Fowler, Central Michigan, Guard
Sophomore, Southfield, Mich./Detroit Country Day
Fowler led Central Michigan to two wins last week, helping to push the Chippewas above the .500 mark at 5-3 on the season. In a 68-64 road win over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on November 26, he scored 13 points, including two free throws late in the game to give CMU a lead. The point guard also dished out five assists while committing just one turnover. In the Chippewas, 66-61 win over Jacksonville State on Saturday night, Fowler led all scorers with 21 points, shooting 73% from the field (8-11), and had three assists and two steals. He was clutch late in the game once again versus the Gamecocks, hitting a key jumper with under two minutes left to play and then making two free throws with 13 seconds remaining. Fowler leads CMU in scoring (16.1), assists (5.0), steals (1.5) and free throws attempted (48) and made (37).
Darell Combs, Eastern Michigan, Guard
Sophomore, Chicago, Ill./Thornwood
Eastern Michigan University sophomore Darell Combs was the leader for the Eagles this week as they traveled to No. 3/4 Kentucky for its first road contest of the 2013-14 campaign. Despite an 81-63 setback to the nationally ranked Wildcats, the Chicago, Ill. native posted a career-day with 23 points. The junior college transfer went 9-of-19 from the floor, shooting 47.3 percent, while shooting 3-of-6 from beyond the three point line. Combs led all-scorers in the contest.
Mark Henniger, Kent State, Forward
Senior, Massillon, Ohio/Jackson
Henniger averaged 13.5 points and 6.5 rebounds to Kent State win a pair of games and move to 6-0 on its current seven-game homestand. On Wednesday night, Henniger scored 11 points and grabbed seven rebounds (five offensive) as the Golden Flashes topped Youngstown State, 83-79, in a battle between Northeast Ohio’s two hottest teams. He poured in a game-high 16 points and added six rebounds (four offensive) in a 68-51 win over Kennesaw State on Sunday. The Flashes outrebounded both opponents by at least 10 thanks to Henniger’s work on the glass. He shot 70% from the field and was perfect from the free throw line (12/12), where he has now made 35 consecutive attempts during the current homestand.
Jordan Threloff, Northern Illinois, Center
RS Junior, DeKalb, Ill./DeKalb
Threloff of the NIU men’s basketball team came off the bench to score a career-high 18 points in 22 minutes as the Huskies pushed Nebraska to the wire before falling, 63-58. Threloff went 6-of-10 from the field and 6-of-8 from the free-throw line while also grabbing six rebounds against the Cornhuskers. Trailing by seven at the half, Threloff fueled the NIU comeback attempt, scoring 14 of his 18 in the second half as NIU pulled within one in the final minute before Nebraska escaped with the win.