Central Michigan and Ball State Student-Athletes Recognized as MAC Pepsi Players of the Week

Updated 2/14/2000
CLEVELAND -- Central Michigan's David Webber on offense and Ball State's Lonnie Jones on defense are the recipients of the Mid-American Conference men's basketball Player of the Week awards for the 13th week of the 1999-2000 season.

MAC Pepsi Offensive Player of the Week - Central Michigan's David Webber (6-2, G, So., Farmington Hills, Mich.) Webber averaged 28.5 points, 5.0 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 2.0 steals as the Chippewas lost two close games, 83-77 in overtime to Ohio and 76-75 to Western Michigan. Webber made 19-of-36 field goals (52.7%), including 11-of-17 (62.4%) from three- point range. He also made 8-of-13 (61.5%) of his free throw attempts. Webber upped his scoring average to 18.0 per game, fifth best in the MAC. At Ohio, he made 10-of-16 field goals, 7-of-9 three pointers, made four steals and dished out three assists to go with his 33 points.

MAC Pepsi Defensive Player of the Week - Ball State's Lonnie Jones (6-11, C, Fr., Gary, Ind.) Jones led the Cardinals to an 80-60 win over Western Michigan by blocking seven shots, the most by a MAC player this season. Jones has 53 blocked shots this season, the second most in BSU history, and he ranks second in the league with 2.41 blocks per game. He also had 11 points and 13 rebounds versus the Broncos.

Offensive Player of the Week nominations

Akron's Ryan Andrick (6-7, Sr., F, Akron, Ohio) averaged 19.0 points and 7.0 rebounds as the Zips went 1-1. Andrick tied his career high with 25 points versus Ohio.

Ball State's Theron Smith (6-8, F, Fr., Auburndale, Fla.) scored 21 points and added nine rebounds, three blocked shots and a steal in the 80-60 win over Western Michigan.

Bowling Green's Anthony Stacey (6-4, F, Sr., Elyria, Ohio) helped the Falcons go 2-1 by averaging 16.7 points and 6.0 rebounds in outings versus Toledo, Buffalo and Miami. Stacey added five assists and seven steals while moving to within 13 points of becoming the school's all-time leader in scoring.

Kent's John Whorton (6-8, C, Sr., Columbus, Ohio) averaged 15.7 points in three Golden Flashes' wins while shooting 90.0% (18-of-20) from the field. He was 4-of-4 from the field versus Marshall, 6-of-6 against Eastern Michigan and 8-of-10 at Buffalo.

Northern Illinois' Leon Rodgers (6-6, F, So., Columbus, Ohio) scored 24 points and grabbed eight rebounds in the Huskies' only game, a 68-64 loss at Marshall. Rodgers played 37 minutes and led all scorers.

Ohio's Brandon Hunter (6-7, F, Fr., Cincinnati, Ohio) averaged 20.0 points and 9.5 rebounds in two games, both overtime contests. Hunter scored a career-high 24 points versus Central Michigan. For the week, he shot 66.7% (16-of-24) from the field.

Toledo's Greg Stempin (6-8, F, Jr., Macomb, Mich.) helped the Rockets extend their winning streak to six games by averaging 14.0 points and 6.5 rebounds in wins over Bowling Green and Eastern Michigan.

Defensive Player of the Week nominations

Akron's Jimmal Ball (5-10, G, Sr., Canton, Ohio) collected five steals and blocked two shots as the Zips split two games. In addition, he averaged 13.0 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists.

Bowling Green's Len Matela (6-9, C, So., Merrillville, Ind.) averaged 7.3 rebounds in three games, including team highs of 11 versus Buffalo and seven against Toledo. Matela also contributed 13 points per game.

Kent's Trevor Huffman (6-1, G, So., Petoskey, Mich.) helped hold opposing guards to just 14 points in three games. Huffman had eight rebounds and one steal as Kent went 3-0. The Golden Flashes' opposing guards made only 32.7% of their field goal attempts.

Marshall's Derrick Wright (6-7, F, Sr., Norcross, Ga.) blocked four shots in Marshall's 68-64 win over Northern Illinois while averaging 7.0 rebounds in the Herd's two games.

Miami's Rob Mestas (5-10, G, Sr., Minneapolis, Minn.) helped hold his opposing point guards to 10 points in two games as the RedHawks went 1-1. Mestas also totaled six steals on the week, including a season-high four versus Bowling Green.

Ohio's Shaun Stonerook (6-8, F, Sr., Westerville, Ohio) averaged 10.5 defensive rebounds and 2.5 steals in two games. He also averaged 22.5 points per game in upping his national leading games with double-double to 18.

Toledo's Robierre Cullars (6-4, F, Jr., Toledo, Ohio) averaged 4.0 rebounds and 1.5 steals in wins over Bowling Green and Eastern Michigan.