MAC Men's Basketball East Division Player of the Week
Dee Brown, Bowling Green, Guard
Junior, Detroit, Mich. (Country Day)
Brown averaged 14.5 points per game as Bowling Green defeated Texas San Antonio 70-59 and then went on the road to beat Saint Louis, of the Atlantic 10, 67-61 for the Falcons' first road win of the year. Brown made 9-of-17 shots on the week and went to the free-throw line 16 times, making 11. He added nine rebounds, four assists and three steals in the wins. Against Saint Louis, Brown had a team-high 21 points to go with three assists and three rebounds without a turnover. He made 3-of-4 free-throws in the final 14 seconds to seal the victory. Against UTSA, Brown had eight points, six rebounds and three steals to help the Falcons pull away late.
MAC Men's Basketball West Division Player of the Week
Juwan Howard Jr., Western Michigan, Forward
Freshman, Detroit, Mich. (Pershing)
Juwan Howard Jr. registered his first career double-double with 22 points and 10 rebounds in WMU's 69-60 win over Eastern Illinois. Howard's 22 points came on 6-of-12 shooting from the field and a perfect 8-for-8 from the line. He scored 14 points in the first half alone. The 10 rebounds were a career high as were the four assists, eight free throws attempted and made. He is the second Bronco to record a double-double this season and this was the second time this season Howard has scored over 20 points in a game. Howard scored the Broncos last nine points of the first half on a jumper, four-straight free throws and a three-point FG all in a span of 4:39 of game time.
Alex Abreu, Akron, Guard
Freshman, Bayamon, P.R. (Bayamon Military Academy)
Abreu posted one of his best games of the season on Dec. 29 against Arkansas-Pine Bluff (W, 87-60). The freshman guard scored 16 points on 5-for-9 shooting from the field (.556) while adding one rebound, three assists and a career-high five steals. He closed out the contest making 3-of-5 3-point buckets (.600) and was a perfect 3-for-3 from the charity stripe.
Jarrod Jones, Ball State, Forward
Junior, Michigan City, Ind. (Michigan City)
Jones continued his strong play as he averaged 21.5 points and 8.0 rebounds per game this past week. Jones scored a career-high 25 points and grabbed nine rebounds in the Cardinals' win over North Carolina A&T. He connected on 7-of-13 from the field and hit 11-of-14 from the free throw line against the Aggies. Jones scored a team-high 18 points and grabbed seven rebounds at Valparaiso to open the week. On the season, he is averaging 15.9 points per game and 8.8 rebounds per contest for the Cardinals.
Mitchell Watt, Buffalo, Forward
Junior, Goodyear, Ariz.
Watt tied a career high with 17 points against 16th-ranked BYU on Thursday. The junior forward shot 8-of-10 from the field. He added six rebounds, three blocked shots, two assists and a steal in 30 minutes.
Jalin Thomas, Central Michigan, Forward
Senior, Columbus, Ohio
Thomas recorded her first double-double of the season in the team's 73-47 loss to the 12-2 UNLV Rebels. Thomas played a team-high 35 minutes and finished the game a perfect 3-of-3 from the free-throw line and pulled down a season high nine defensive rebounds.
Brandon Bowdry, Eastern Michigan, Forward
Senior, St. Louis, Mo.-Taylor (Mich.) Truman
Led the Eagles in scoring (19 points) and rebounding (6 rebounds) in a 55-51 loss at Samford, Dec. 31, 2010. Also had three assists and one steal...Was the top scorer and rebounder in the game
Tommy Freeman, Ohio, Guard/Forward
Senior, Muncie, Ind.
Freeman had a season-high 19 points on 6 of 9 shooting, 5 of 8 from beyond the arc, while also registering a season-high three steals in the win over Norfolk State. The senior then scored a team-high 15 points of 5 of 10 three-point shooting and also dished out three assists in the overtime contest with Robert Morris. Currently, Freeman is second in the MAc in three-point field goals made per game and is third in three-point field goal percentage accuracy. He currently needs seven more three-pointers to pass current Kent State Head Coach Geno Ford for fourth all-time in the Ohio record books and 44 more to become the all-time leader in trifectas made.