MAC Men’s Basketball East Division Player of the Week
A'uston Calhoun, Bowling Green
Junior, Forward, Southfield, Mich. (Southfield)
Calhoun averaged 23.5 points and 10.5 rebounds as Bowling Green beat Ball State and rival Toledo this week. Calhoun had 27 points and nine rebounds against Ball State, including 13 straight BGSU points at one point in the second half after Ball State had built a three-point lead. He followed that up with his second double-double of the year, posting 20 points and 12 rebounds in a comeback win over Toledo. Bowling Green trailed by as many as 13 points in the second half but Calhoun helped lead a late charge to defeat the Rockets and move the Falcons into a tie for fourth place in the league standings. Calhoun also shot 54 percent from the field and handed out four assists on the week.
MAC Men’s Basketball West Division Player of the Week
Rian Pearson, Toledo
Sophomore, Guard, Raytown, Mo. (UW-Green Bay)
Pearson averaged 15.5 ppg as well as a team-high 13.0 rpg and 3.0 apg in the Rockets’ two games vs. Ohio and Bowling Green. The MAC’s leading scorer at 17.2 ppg, Pearson tallied his seventh double-double of the season (which ranks second in the MAC) with 18 points and a career-high 17 rebounds to lead the Rockets to a come-from-behind 77-73 victory over the Bobcats. UT trailed 15-0 in the opening minutes before Pearson helped the Rockets take a 38-34 halftime lead with 10 points and nine boards in the first half. The Raytown, MO native then tallied 13 points and a team-best nine boards to nearly help Toledo to a win over their arch-rival Falcons. Pearson led the Rockets in assists in both games with three helpers in each contest. The Raytown, MO native is the only player in the MAC to appear in the Top 10 of the conference rankings in scoring (17.2 ppg), third in rebounds (8.4 rpg) and sixth in steals (1.7 spg) and ranks fourth nationally in rebounding among guards.
Demetrius Treadwell, Akron
Sophomore, Forward, Euclid, Ohio (Euclid)
Treadwell helped the Zips secure its best MAC start in program history over the last week as Akron concluded its third sweep of the MAC West, as well as posting the first 10-1 record to open league play since 2005-06. For the week, Treadwell averaged 10.0 points, 8.5 rebounds, 1.0 assist and 0.5 blocked shots per game while shooting 58.3 percent from the field (7-of-12). In Akron’s 69-66 overtime win over Western Michigan, Treadwell posted nine points and nine rebounds, all coming in the second half. The nine-rebound performance was his second-straight nine-rebound performance and the fifth of the season. In Akron’s 75-51 victory at home against Northern Illinois, Treadwell helped spark a 15-5 run during the second half to give the Zips a 20-point lead with 10 minutes to go. He finished the game with 11 points and eight boards. For the season, he has posted eight or more rebounds seven times, including each of the past three games. He leads the team in offensive boards (58) and is fourth in the MAC in offensive rebounding (2.5 per game).
Aaron Adeoye, Ball State
Freshman, Forward, Marion, Ill. (Marion)
Adeoye averaged a team-high 12.0 points and 8.5 rebounds per game in two starts last week for the Cardinals. Adeoye shot 75.0 percent (9-of-12) from the field and 85.7 (6-of-7) from the free throw line on the week. He posted his first career double-double with a career-high 10 points and 10 rebounds against Bowling Green. He followed that up with his third straight career-high scoring performance pouring in a team-high 14 points at Kent State while grabbing seven rebounds.
Mitchell Watt, Buffalo
Senior, Forward, Goodyear, Az. (Desert Edge)
Watt averaged 15.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 4.5 blocks to help the Bulls go 2-0 on the week. In a 66-62 win at Central Michigan, Watt had 15 points, seven rebounds, an assist and three blocked shots in 26 minutes of action. He scored 12 of his points in the second half. Leading by four with 1:18 to play, Watt tracked down Austin McBroom and blocked his breakaway layup that would have cut the lead to two. The Chippewas would get no closer. In the Bulls' win over Western Michigan, Watt finished with 16 points, eight rebounds, two assists and a season-high six blocked shots. He tallied 15 points, five rebounds and three blocks in the second half alone.
Darrell Lampley, Eastern Michigan
Senior, Guard, Linden, N.J. (Linden)
Lampley averaged 13.5 points, 8 assists and 4.5 rebounds in a split of games last week. In a 62-58 home loss to Kent, Feb. 8, he scored 18 points with seven assists, making 7-of-16 field goals, and 3-of-6 threes. In a 68-55 win over Ohio, Feb. 11, he scored nine points with a career-best nine assists and four rebounds.
Justin Greene, Kent State
Senior, Forward, Brooklyn, N.Y. (Lincoln)
Greene averaged 17.5 points and 7.5 rebounds in a pair of wins for Kent State last week as the Golden Flashes extended their winning streak to 30 straight against MAC West opponents. In the process Greene became the first player in league history to never lose a cross-divisional match-up. The 2011 MAC Player of the year begin the week with 17 points (8-10 FGs), six rebounds and three steals in a 62-58 win at Eastern Michigan. He then followed up with an 18 point, nine rebound performance in a 76-55 win over Ball State. Against the Cardinals, Greene had 10 of the Golden Flashes first 19 points in the opening 12 minutes of the game. Behind Greene's effort Kent State had a 26-4 edge in points in the paint in the first half as they built up a 14 point lead and didn't look back. A 6'8" senior forward, Greene ranks second in the league during conference games with 16.1 points per game and third with a 56% field goal percentage. He has had double digits in 12 straight games and is the only active player in the MAC to reach 1,000 points, 100 blocks and 100 steals in a career.
Jon Harris, Miami
Sophomore, Forward, Twinsburg, Ohio (Twinsburg)
Harris lead Miami in scoring and posted career-highs in points in consecutive games last week … at Northern Illinois Harris notched a then-career high of 15 points off 5-of-7 shooting, all from 3-point range, which tied for the team lead in scoring. He also added a team-high-tying six rebounds while handing out two assists and adding a block and a steal to his stat line … Harris was a key part of Miami’s largest win of the season, a 19-point margin against Central Michigan. Harris had a game-high-tying and career-high 17 points—which led all RedHawks—nailing, 3-of-5 shots from beyond the arc. He also tallied five rebounds, one assist and one steal against the Chippewas. For the week, Harris shot an impressive 61.1 percent from the field and 66.7 percent from 3-point range (8-of-12). He averaged 16.0 ppg and 5.5 rpg in an average of 34.5 minutes per game.
Mike Douglas, Western Michigan
Senior, Guard, Detroit, Mich. (Finney)
Douglas broke a 21-year-old school record on Wednesday against Akron, when his eight assists pushed him past Billy Stanback for the career assists record at Western Michigan. Brandon Pokley took a pass from Douglas and drained a three-pointer midway through the second half, giving Douglas his 428th career assist. Douglas scored 15 points against the Zips and added three rebounds as the Broncos pushed the Zips to overtime before falling. Douglas would add to his record total on Saturday against Buffalo, posting four assists to go with his nine points and five rebounds. Douglas gave the Broncos a brief lead in the final 30 seconds of the game, making a lay up and drawing a foul to give WMU a 57-56 lead in pushing the streaking Bulls to the limit.