MAC East Division Men’s Basketball Player of the Week
Javon McCrea, Buffalo
Junior, Forward, Newark, NY (Newark)
McCrea had arguably the best week of his career when he averaged 27 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks shots in games against Kent State and Bowling Green. Against Kent State, the junior forward scored a career-high 33 points on 9-of-12 shooting from the field. He was a perfect 15-for-15 from the free throw line - the third most free throws in a game in school history. He became the first player in school history to make 15 or more free throws in a game without a miss. He added 10 rebounds, two steals and four blocked shots. In the Bulls' 68-65 win over Bowling Green on Saturday, McCrea scored 21 points on 7-of-15 shooting from the floor and 7-of-9 shooting from the free throw line. He added a career-high 14 rebounds and a pair of blocked shots. His basket with 31 seconds remaining in the game broke a 63-all tie and gave the Bulls the lead for good.
MAC West Division Men’s Basketball Player of the Week
Shayne Whittington, Western Michigan
Redshirt Junior, Center, Paw Paw, Mich. (Lawrence)
Whittington averaged a double-double in two conference contests last week, helping the Broncos to a pair of victories and a tie for the lead in the MAC West division. Whittington posted his fifth double-double of the season against Toledo on Wednesday notching 12 points and 13 rebounds in the Broncos' 23-point victory. In addition, Whittington recorded five blocks and three steals against the Rockets, and also notched three assists. Whittington continued his roll on Saturday, posting 10 rebounds and nine points in just 23 minutes in the Broncos' 37-point win over Northern Illinois. Whittington added three blocks, an assist, and a steal as well. Whittington is averaging 9.0 points and 10.5 rebounds per game in conference play, and is now tied for the overall scoring lead on the Broncos with 11.2 points per game.
Zeke Marshall, Akron
Center, Senior, McKeesport, Pa. (McKeesport)
Marshall helped the Zips to a 2-0 record over the week and made history as he became the Mid-American Conference’s all-time blocked shots leader. For the week, he averaged 15.0 points, 8.5 rebounds, 3.5 blocked shots, 1.0 assist and 1.0 steal while shooting 71.4 percent from the field (10-of-14). In Akron’s 71-64 win over Ball State on Wednesday, Marshall has 13 points, six boards and three blocked shots to become just the second player in MAC history with 300 career blocked shots. He also had two assists against the Cardinals. Before a national crowd on ESPNU on Saturday, Marshall helped Akron defeat Kent State 71-67, UA’s fifth-straight win against the Golden Flashes and ninth-straight victory overall. Marshall posted his fourth double-double of the season, scoring 17 points and grabbing 11 boards while blocking four shots. With his back-to-back blocks of KSU's Melvin Tabb – the second coming at the 9:21 mark of the first half – Marshall passed Ball State’s Lonnie Jones (301, 1998-2002) with his 302nd blocked shot. Later in the game, Marshall’s five free throws inside the final two minutes helped seal the victory.
Majok Majok, Ball State
Junior, Forward, Perth, Australia (Midland College)
Majok averaged 20.0 points and 12.0 rebounds per game last week, recording a pair of road double-doubles at Akron and Central Michigan. He led all players Wednesday at Akron with 26 points (a career-high) and 13 rebounds against the Zips’ athletic Akron front line. The junior post player then scored 14 points and grabbed a game-high 11 boards Saturday at Central Michigan. For the week, he connected on 17 of his 26 attempts from the floor (65.4 percent). Majok now owns three straight double-doubles and tops the league with seven for the season. The MAC rebounding leader, Majok ranks 14 nationally on the boards and is one of just 17 players in the country averaging a double-double at 12.1 points and 10.5 rebounds per game.
Olivier Mbaigoto, Central Michigan
Senior, Forward, Chad, Africa (St. Petersburg (Fla.) College) (Bethel (Va.))
Mbaigoto averaged team-highs of 15 points and 10 rebounds as Central Michigan split games against Eastern Michigan and Ball State last week. Mbaigoto notched 18 points and a career-high 14 rebounds in a six-point loss to the Eagles for the team's first double-double of the year, then followed with a 12-point, six-rebound outing in a come-from-behind win over Ball State. He shot 56.5 percent from the floor on the week and recorded three blocks against the Cardinals and three steals against the Eagles. Two of his blocks Saturday night came on fast-break dunk opportunities during a key run that propelled Central Michigan to its first come-from-behind win of the season.
Glenn Bryant, Eastern Michigan
Redshirt Junior , Forward, Detroit, Mich. (Oak Hill Academy (Ark.)
Bryant helped the Eagles to their first two Mid-American Conference victories this week as the Green and White topped Central Michigan, 58-52, at the Convocation Center, Jan. 15, and Miami, 65-58, Jan. 19. The Detroit, Mich. native averaged 11.5 points and four rebounds per game. Bryant shot a blistering 8-of-14 (57.1 percent) from the floor in a pair of victories, while scoring in double-figures for both contests this week. The two games were the 11th and 12th time that he posted double-digit points in his career at Eastern. First, Bryant posted 10 points and four rebounds in EMU's six point win over the Chippewas. Defensively, the redshirt junior notched a career-high five blocks against CMU, while shoot 60 percent from the floor. In Eastern's win over the RedHawks, Bryant posted 13 points to help the Eagles knock-off Miami for the first time since the 1996-97 campaign.
Chris Evans, Kent State
Senior, Forward, Chesapeake, Va. (Wabash Valley C.C.)
Evans continued his stellar senior campaign, averaging 22.0 points, 10.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists, and 3.0 steals over Kent State’s two games. Evans had perhaps his best performance in a Kent State uniform in a 80-68 win at Buffalo on Wednesday. He scored 25 points while grabbing a career-high 14 rebounds and dishing out a pair of assists. Evans made a presence on the defensive end of the floor for the Golden Flashes as well, matching a carer-high with four steals and blocking two shots. With the score tied at 66 and five minutes remaining, Evans took over the game. After setting up Devareaux Manley for the go-ahead three-pointer, Evans recorded a steal on the ensuing Bulls possession. He added a layup a split free throws moments later to give the Flashes a six-point advantage. Evans then blocked a shot and went 4-for-4 fromt he line in the final minute to pull away. In a 71-67 loss to rival Akron that was decided in the final minute of the game, Evans tallied 19 points, seven rebounds, two assists, and two steals.
Will Felder, Miami
Junior, Forward, Cleveland, Ohio (Lutheran East)
Felder averaged 16.0 ppg, 8.0 rpg and shot 66.7 percent from the field in Miami’s two games last week … he set a career high at Miami for points, pouring in 20 in a 63-60 win over Bowling Green on Jan. 16 … he went 10-for-14 from the field, shooting a scorching 71.4 percent from the field as the RedHawks notched their second-best shooting effort of the season as a team (.549) … after trialing most of the game, Felder hit a jumper with two minutes left to put the RedHawks up for good … he also added two assists and a steal against the Falcons … at Eastern Michigan, Felder led the RedHawks with 12 points off 4-of-7 shooting and collected a Miami career-high nine rebounds to lead all players … he also notched one blocked shot.
Reggie Keely, Ohio
Senior, Forward (University Heights, Ohio)
Keely averaged 18.0 points, 3.0 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 1.0 blocks, while shooting an impressive 70.6 percent (12-17) from the floor, in a 2-0 week for the Bobcats. On Wednesday's 81-63 win over Northern Illinois, Keely posted 12 points and three rebounds, while connecting on all six of his free throw attempts. In Saturday's 76-67 victory over MAC West Division-leading Toledo, Keely led the 'Cats with a career-high 24 points and went a perfect 9-for-9 from the floor. The senior's perfect shooting night helped Ohio offset a 23.5 percent performance (4-17) from 3-point territory for the game. This season, Keely ranks third on the 'Cats with 11.7 points per game and is leading Ohio in conference play with 16.3 points per game. His .684 field goal percentage ranks first in the MAC, while his .523 career mark is fifth-best all-time at Ohio.
Julius Brown, Toledo
Sophomore, Guard, Markham, Ill. (Hillcrest)
Brown averaged 12.5 points and 6.0 assists per game and posted a 3.0 assist/turnover ratio in two games last week. Brown was also perfect in five trips to the charity stripe and dished out nine assists with just two turnovers while playing all 40 minutes at Ohio. In UT's game at WMU, Brown scored a team-high 16 points and grabbed four rebounds with three assists.