MAC Men’s Basketball East Division Player of the Week
Scott Thomas, Bowling Green
Senior, Forward, Ashley, Ohio (Buckeye Valley)
Thomas scored in double-figures in all four games this week, leading Bowling Green to a 3-1 record which included a 67-64 victory over Temple, the sixth-winningest program in college basketball history. Thomas was named to the Progressive CBE Classic All-Tournament team after guiding the Falcons to wins over Ohio Valley Conference preseason favorite Austin Peay and Horizon League preseason runner-up Detroit. In the win over Austin Peay, he had 11 points, seven rebounds, two assists and three steals. He followed that up the next day with 11 points, five rebounds, two assists, three steals and a block against Detroit. In a loss to George Washington, he scored 15 first-half points to keep the Falcons within one at the half, and he put together another all-around performance Sunday against Temple. Thomas had 11 points, eight rebounds, two assists, two steals and a blocked shot in 34 minutes as the Falcons posted their biggest non-conference win in the five-year Louis Orr era. On the week, Thomas made 6-of-12 three-point attempts and shot 89 percent from the free-throw line. He also had nine steals and a pair of blocked shots.
MAC Men’s Basketball West Division Player of the Week
Trey Zeigler, Central Michigan
Sophomore, Guard, Mount Pleasant, Mich. (Mount Pleasant)
Zeigler was named to the All-Tournament Team at the Great Alaska Shootout after leading CMU to a 2-1 record and fourth-place finish. CMU was 3-1 overall on the week. Zeigler recorded his third double-double of the season against Dartmouth and had a pair of 20-point games on the week. He took home game-high scoring honors in two of the four contests and also dished out a career-high tying six assists at Pepperdine. He shot .538 from the floor on the week.
Jarrod Jones, Ball State
Senior, Forward, Michigan City, Ind. (Michigan City)
Jones averaged 24.5 points in the Cardinals’ two victories on the week as he posted his second and third 20-plus point performance of the season. Jones leads the Mid-American Conference in scoring at 20.3 points per game this season. He connected on 58.1 percent (18-of-31) from the field and 86.7 percent (13-of-15) from the free throw line in the two victories. He scored a career-high 26 points in the Cardinals’ home opener against IUPUI as he was 10-of-16 from the field and 6-of-7 from the field while also grabbing six rebounds. He followed that up with his 22nd career double-double with 23 points and 11 rebounds against Calumet as he connected on 8-of-15 from the field and 7-of-8 from the charity stripe.
Mitchell Watt, Buffalo
Senior, Forward, Goodyear, Ariz. (Desert Edge)
Watt stuffed the stat sheet in a 94-59 win over Canisius, Buffalo's only game of the week. The senior forward finished with 16 points (on 5-of-9 shooting), six rebounds, three assists, four blocked shots and three steals in 31 minutes of action.
Julian Mavunga, Miami
Senior, Forward, Indianapolis, Ind. (Brownsburg)
Mavunga had a strong week and continues to be a force for the RedHawks, averaging a double-double of 22.5 ppg and 10.5 rpg in a pair of road games … Mavunga led all players at Saginaw Valley with 18 points and 14 rebounds. It was his 16th career double-double and his ninth in the RedHawks’ last 15 games. Against the Cardinals, Mavunga hauled in nine of his rebounds in the opening half, two more that SVSU’s team total over the first 20 minutes … at Southeast Missouri, Mavunga poured in a career-high-tying 27 points, the ninth 20-point performance of his career. Mavunga kept Miami in the game pouring in 16 straight RedHawk points, scoring the last 10 points for the RedHawks in the first half and their first six points of the second half. Entering the game shooting 65 percent from the free throw line, Mavunga was solid, sinking 9-of-11 charity tosses (.818). In addition to his scoring and rebounding, Mavunga did a little bit of everything for Miami posting four assists, two blocked shots and two steals for the week in an average of 39.5 minutes of play.
Reggie Keely, Ohio
Junior, Forward, University Heights, Ohio (Cleveland Heights)
Keely continued his strong early-season play for the Bobcats by scoring in double-digits for a third time in four games. He currently leads Ohio with a .538 field goal percentage and tops the team in blocks. Keely also ranks second in rebounds along with being third in points and steals per game.
Rian Pearson, Toledo
Sophomore, Guard, Raytown, Mo. (UW-Green Bay)
Pearson averaged a team-high 24.0 ppg, 8.5 rpg and 2.5 spg in two Rockets’ victories while shooting 65.5 percent (19-of-29) from the field. Pearson opened the week with 21-point, 12-rebound performance vs. Victory before scoring a career-high 27 points to go along with five rebounds and a team-high three steals in UT’s home opener vs. UIC. Pearson’s defensive play also helped the Rockets limit their opponents to a 31.8 FG% and force 47 turnovers in their two games.
Mike Douglas, Western Michigan
Senior, Guard, Detroit, Mich. (Finney)
Douglas was the most consistent threat for the Broncos this past weekend, averaging a team-high 8.0 points and 4.0 assists over the course of two difficult road games against 2011 NCAA Tournament teams. Douglas scored a team-high eight points against Purdue on Wednesday, and tied his season-high with five rebounds against the Boilermakers. Douglas recorded a game-high five assists against #19 Gonzaga, and additionally contributed eight points and two steals. For the season, Douglas ranks third on the Broncos with a 9.2 points per game scoring average, and leads the team with an average of 4.0 assists per game.