MAC Men's Basketball East Division Player of the Week
Justin Greene, Kent State, Forward
Junior, Brooklyn, NY (Lincoln)
Greene continued his terrific start to the season posting two more 20-point performance while leading Kent State to a 2-0 week. He begin the week at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday scoring 11 of his game high 20 points in the second half in a come-from-behind 62-59 win over Robert Morris. Greene helped the Golden Flashes erase a 12-point half time deficit, marking the largest second half rally at the M.A.C. Center by Kent State in more than 17 years. He also added 12 rebound in the game for his second double double of the season. The preseason All-MAC selection only got better later in the week as he poured in 23 points, including six in the extra session of a 78-74 overtime win over Furman. Plagued by double-teams after scoring 15 first half points, Greene took over the game in overtime. He found the open man for assists on the first two possessions then scored on the next two with a tip in and a jumper in the lane. With the Golden Flashes now ahead by five (73-68), Greene came up with a block on the other end that led to a fast break. He then capped off his third 20-point game of the year with two free throws in the final four seconds to seal it. With season averages of 19.6 points, 8.0 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game, Greene has led Kent State to a 4-1 start for the second consecutive year.
MAC Men's Basketball West Division Player of the Week
Xavier Silas, Northern Illinois, Guard
Senior, Austin, Texas (Colorado)
Xavier Silas scored 22 points versus Bradley and a career high 34 versus Cardinal Stritch to average 28 points per game for the week. He shot 64.3 percent from the field (18-28) and 57.1 percent from three-point range (57.1 percent). Silas has not missed from the free throw line this year (24-24) and has hit 38 straight FTs dating back to last year. Silas also pulled down 10 rebounds and had three assists while averaging just 24.5 minutes per game in the Huskies' two games. In the Cardinal Stritch win, he also tied his career high for three pointers in a game with six (6-of-9).
Brett McClanahan, Akron, Guard
Junior, Nitro, W.Va. (Nitro )
McClanahan helped the Zips to a 1-1 record while posting back-to-back 20-point performances. In the Zips' 76-68 loss at Dayton (Nov. 16), he led the Zips with a then career-best 21 points on 7-for-15 shooting, including 5-for-11 from behind the arc, in 28 minutes. In Akron's 91-84 overtime victory against Youngstown State (Nov. 20), he posted his first-career double-double (22 points, 10 rebounds) while playing 41 minutes. He sent the game into overtime with a 3-pointer to beat the buzzer at the end of regulation. For the week, he shot .536 from the field (15-for-28), .444 from 3-point range (8-for-18) and 1.000 from the charity stripe (5-for-5) while averaging 34.5 minutes/game.
Scott Thomas, Bowling Green, Forward
Junior, Ashley, Ohio (Buckeye Valley)
Thomas averaged 9.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game as Bowling Green went 1-1 on the week, defeating Ohio Dominican at home and losing on the road at Michigan. Thomas was one of five players to score in double figures in the team's home win, finishing with 11 points to go with four rebounds and three assists. He came up just shy of a double-double in a loss at Michigan, posting eight points and nine rebounds to go with three assists.
Zach Filzen, Buffalo, Guard
Junior, North Field, Minn.
Filzen had a career-high 23 points and six rebounds in an 87-76 win over Towson. He shot 8-of-12 from the field, including 5-for-7 from beyond the arc against the Tigers. He made his first four three-pointers of the game. He scored eight points and added four rebounds and three assists against Youngstown State.
Derek Jackson, Central Michigan , Guard
Freshman, Cleveland, Ohio (Benedictine)
Jackson made the first two starts of his career at Hawaii and at South Alabama this past week. The Cleveland, Ohio native averaged 13.5 points, 4.5 steals, 3.5 assists and 3.0 rebounds per game over the week. Jackson had a career day off the bench at South Alabama on Saturday, recording career-highs with 19 points, six assists, five rebounds and five steals. The first-year player finished the game with a 3-to-1 assist to turnover ratio and sparked the Chippewas with his career-high 32 minutes.
Antonio Ballard, Miami, Forward/Guard
Senior, Jeffersonville, Ind. (Jeffersonville)
Ballard returned from a hand injury that kept him out of much of the preseason and Miami's first two regular-season games (including this week's game at Duke) and averaged 14.0 ppg and 5.5 rpg in an average of 25.0 minutes per game as Miami opened play at the Oxford Sub-Regional of the O'Reilly Auto Parts CBE Classic ... starting both games, Ballard made a quick impact in the Miami lineup ... in Ballard's first game back, he amassed 14 points off 5-of-6 shooting from the field and a 4-for-5 effort from the free-throw line in a 59-58 defeat of IUPUI ... he also tallied five rebounds, one assist and on impressive and critical blocked shot late in the game against IUPUI ... he followed that by again recording 14 points against Green Bay on Sunday evening ... Ballard also led all RedHawks with six boards and added two assists to his tally ... for the week, he shot an impressive 69.2 percent from the floor.
D.J. Cooper, Ohio, Guard
Sophomore, Chicago, Ill. (Seton Academy)
Almost averaging a double-double for the season with 16.3 points and 9.0 assists, both tops on the team ... Also averaging 5.7 rebounds, third on the team, and has helped the 'Cats out-rebound their opponents by five per contest (fourth in the MAC) ... Defensively, has helped Ohio opponents shoot a MAC-worst .271 from beyond the arc ... Offensively, has helped Ohio average the second-most points in the league through three games (79.0)
Hayden Humes, Toledo, Forward
Redshirt Freshman, Valparaiso, Ind. (Valparaiso)
Redshirt freshman Hayden Humes earned a spot on the 2K Sports Classic All-Tournament team by averaging nearly a double-double during the three-game event. Humes registered 9.0 points and 9.7 rebounds per game and registered his first career double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds vs. UIC on Friday. He followed that up with eight points and 11 boards vs. Rhode Island on Saturday and seven points and eight rebounds vs. the College of Charleston on Sunday.
Flenard Whitfield, Western Michigan, Forward
Junior, Detroit, Mich. (Martin Luther King)
Whitfield led the Bronco men's basketball team in scoring for the second-straight game to open the 2010-11 season. His 17 points in a loss to Loyola-Chicago, two points off his career high. His eight rebounds also led Western Michigan against the Ramblers and was the 13th time in Whitfield's career that the junior was the team's leading rebounder in a game. His two-straight games of being the team's leading scorer are the first two of his career.