MAC East Division Men’s Basketball Player of the Week
Nick Kellogg, Ohio, Guard
Senior, Westerville, Ohio/Saint Francis De Sales
Kellogg exploded for 14 of his 16 points in the second half of Ohio’s game vs. Northern Iowa Saturday to help the Bobcats pull away from the Panthers late in the contest. With the ‘Cats ahead by just four (59-55) with 7:36 to play in the game, the Westerville, Ohio, native notched 12-straight points for the Bobcats over a seven-minute stretch to put Ohio ahead by eight (71-63) with 37 seconds to go. The Kellogg surge – including a big 3-pointer and nifty up-and-under lay-in - effectively put the game out of reach for UNI. In addition to his scoring effort, Kellogg also chipped in a team-high five rebounds and a steal while knocking down four of five free throws down the stretch.
MAC West Division Men’s Basketball Player of the Week
John Simons, Central Michigan, Forward
Sophomore, Cadillac, Mich./Cadillac
Simons led Central Michigan to a season opening win over Manchester, falling just short of a double-double in 19 minutes of play, scoring a career-high 27 points and pulling down nine rebounds. Simons was 10-of-13 from the field, including 3-for-5 from behind the three-point line, and made all four of his free throws. After the first week of action in the MAC, Simons leads the conference in scoring and rebounds.
Demetrius Treadwell, Akron, Forward
Senior, Euclid, Ohio/Euclid High School
Treadwell helped the Zips to a season-opening win against Coastal Carolina, Akron’s 37th in the last 40 games. He finished second on the team with 13 points while leading all players with eight boards.
Zavier Turner, Ball State, Guard
Freshman, Indianapolis, Ind./Pike
Turner scored 17 points and dished out five assists Saturday in his Ball State regular-season debut at Indiana State. The freshman point guard scored 15 of his points in the second half, including a trio of 3-pointers, to keep the Cardinals in the game. Turner ran a Ball State offense that finished the day shooting 53 percent from the floor and 47 percent from 3-point range against an Indiana State team picked to finish second in the Missouri Valley Conference. He played 33 minutes and also added a pair of steals on the defensive end.
Jehvon Clarke, Bowling Green, Guard
Junior, Canton, Ohio/Timken
Clarke poured in a game-high 17 points and dished out a game-high eight assists. The junior point guard also recorded six thefts in the win, as he led the BGSU defensive attack that recorded a school record 22 steals overall in a 53-point win over Earlham College. In the win, Clarke posted career-highs in points, assists and steals to lead BGSU to a 1-0 start for the 22nd straight season. BGSU reached the 100-point mark for the first time since defeating Urbana 103-78 back on Nov. 21, 2003, while the 53-point win was the largest margin of victory for a Falcons' team since BGSU defeated Urbana 114-52 back on Dec. 22, 1999.
Karrington Ward, Eastern Michigan, Guard/Forward
Junior, Lockport, Ill./Lockport Township
In his first career game at Eastern Michigan, junior college transfer Karrington Ward scored a team-high 17 points, averaging over a point a minute, to lead the Eagles to a 77-45 season-opening victory over Albion, Nov. 8. The EMU forward shot five-of-seven from the floor, including two-of-three from beyond the arc and five-of-six at the charity stripe. He also grabbed four rebounds and collected a steal in just 16 minutes of play.
Derek Jackson, Kent State, Guard
Junior, Cleveland, Ohio/Benedictine
Jackson scored a game-high 18 points in Kent State’s season-opening route of Ohio Northern, 84-48. Making his debut in a Golden Flashes uniform, the 6’1” guard was the catalyst of a terrific team defensive effort as the Flashes allowed only 48 points and held the Polar Bears to .294 shooting fro the floor. Jackson tied for the team lead with four steals, often turning defense into offense for transition baskets.
Reggie Johnson, Miami, Guard
Sophomore, Chicago, Ill./St. Joseph
Johnson poured in a career-high 22 points to lead all RedHawks at No. 21/22 Notre Dame in the season opener for Miami. Johnson exploded for 15 first-half points that included a stretch where he tossed in 12 points during a 14-3 RedHawk run that shrunk a 16-point deficit to just five points. It was the third 20-point scoring effort of Johnson’s young career. He tied a career high for field goals, knocking down seven against the Fighting Irish. Johnson was 4-of-8 from long range. He also was a perfect 4-for-4 from the free-throw line.
Darrell Bowie, Northern Illinois, Wing
Sophomore, Milwaukee, Wis./La Jolla Prep
Bowie of the Northern Illinois men’s basketball team scored a team-high 16 points on 50 percent shooting from the field in NIU’s season-opening contest against Omaha. Bowie made seven field goals in just 24 minutes of action and also grabbed four rebounds
Rian Pearson, Toledo, Guard
Senior, Raytown, Mo. (UW-Green Bay/South)
Pearson led the Rockets to a season-opening 102-55 victory over Northwestern Ohio on Saturday night with a team-high 19 points and five steals in just 22 minutes of action. One of six Rockets to score in double figures, Pearson shot 8-of-11 from the field and helped UT hold the Racers to a miniscule 33.3 field-goal percentage.