MAC Men’s Basketball East Division Player of the Week
Demetrius “Tree” Treadwell, Akron, Forward
Senior, Euclid, Ohio (Euclid)
Demetrius “Tree” Treadwell helped the Zips to a 3-0 record last week, averaging 21.3 points, 11.3 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.0 steal per game. He posted three-straight double-doubles during the week, and set a career high in points (24) vs. Oregon State. Against Oral Roberts, he led the Zips with 18 points and 11 boards. Against Detroit, he helped the Zips stay in the game in the first half, scoring 15 of the team’s 21 points in the half. Against the titans, he made a career-high 12 free throws on 15 attempts, including a stretch of 10 makes in a row. He was a dominate force against the Beavers on Sunday with 24 points, 10 boards and four assists. He posted another strong performance at the charity stripe, this time connecting on 10-of-13 in the game.
MAC Men’s Basketball West Division Player of the Week
Dontel Highsmith, Northern Illinois, Guard
Freshman, Dowagiac, Mich. (Dowagiac)
Highsmith averaging 18.5 points and 3.0 rebounds as the Huskies claimed a pair of road victories on the week. Highsmith opened the week with 10 points, on 4-of-8 shooting, with three rebounds, an assist and a steal in helping the Huskies erase a 15-point second half deficit to defeat Loyola-Chicago, 55-49, on Wednesday night (Dec. 18). Highsmith scored seven of his 10 points during the second half run, going 3-of-3 from the field in the second 20 minutes. The Dowagiac, Mich., native followed up that performance with 27 points, on 9-of-11 shooting from the field, 3-of-5 from behind the arc and 6-of-6 from the foul line, in a 71-64 victory at UC Riverside on Sunday (Dec. 22). Highsmith’s 27 points are the most for any NIU player since Xavier Silas netted 34 on Feb. 12, 2011 against Kent State, and are the most for a Huskie freshman since Mike DiNunno scored 27 on Nov. 18, 2008 against Indiana State.
Zavier Turner, Ball State, Guard
Freshman, Indianapolis, Ind./Pike
Turner averaged 15.5 points and 4.0 assists per game in Ball State’s road contests last week at Marquette and Southern Illinois. The freshman point guard led all players with 16 points and five assists Tuesday against Big East preseason favorite Marquette. He then went for 15 points and three helpers Saturday at Southern Illinois. Turner, who leads the MAC in 3-pointers per game, knocked down seven more for the week. He averaged 33.5 minutes per game last week and now ranks fifth in the league at 32.5 minutes per game as a freshman. He also ranks among the top 12 in the league in scoring (13.9, 11th), assists (3.9, 7th), free throw percentage (.963, 1st) and 3-point percentage (.479, 5th).
Jehvon Clarke, Bowling Green, Guard
Junior, Canton, Ohio (Timken)
Clarke nearly recorded his first career double-double in the 64-62 home win over Detroit on Sunday afternoon. The junior tallied 14 points and dished out eight assists, as he was 5-of-10 (50 percent) from the field and 3-of-4 (75 percent) from the charity stripe in the win. The eight assists is just one shy of his career-high, as Clarke helped spread the ball around as the Falcons had six players score seven points or more in the victory. Clarke also tallied two steals and four rebounds in the win, as the Falcons extended its current winning streak to three straight games. The win was also the Falcons’ third straight victory over Detroit.
John Simons, Central Michigan, Forward
Sophomore, Cadillac, Mich. (Cadillac)
Sophomore forward John Simons fell just short of notching a double-double in Central Michigan’s Tuesday night road match-up with Jacksonville State. Simons totaled 18 points, shooting 56% (5-of-9) from three-point range, and a game-high nine rebounds to lead the Chippewas. He also contributed three steals and one block. Simons ranks second on the team in scoring, averaging 11.7 points per game, and 10th in the MAC in rebounding (6.5 rpg).
Mike Talley, Eastern Michigan, Guard
R-Junior, Detroit, Mich. (Melvindale ABT)
Talley led the Green and White to its first road win of the 2013-14 season in an 81-79 overtime victory at Oakland Saturday, Dec. 21. The Detroit, Mich. native posted a career-best 21 points, while also dishing out nine assists, also a career high. In addition to his 21 points and nine dimes, Talley did not turn the ball over once in 37 minutes of play and came up with a pair of steals in the non-conference road win. The point guard was solid at the free throw line, shooting 80.0 percent from the charity stripe on five attempts. Talley knocked down a pair free ones in overtime to tie the game at 77-77 and on the Eagles next possession, Talley picked up his ninth assist when he drove the lane and kicked the ball out to Darell Combs who knocked down a three-pointer with 30 seconds left on the clock to give EMU the final lead of the contest.
Kris Brewer, Kent State, G
Junior, Memphis, Tenn./Brehm Prep (Ill.)
Brewer led the way in a 58-54 Kent State victory on the road over College of Charleston with a game-high 20 points. With the rest of the Golden Flashes struggling to put the ball in the basket, Brewer was clutch down the stretch and scored 10 of the team’s final 14 points to hold on for victory. He shared the team lead with two assists and did not commit a turnover in 32 minutes of action on Saturday.
Will Felder, Miami, Foward
Senior, Cleveland, Ohio (Lutheran East)
Felder averaged 14.0 ppg and 9.0 rpg while helping Miami to its first road win of the season. Felder poured in 19 points as the RedHawks defeated Tennessee State on the road on Saturday. He added 8 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 blocked shots to his line while shooting 54.5 percent from the floor. At UMKC, Felder led all players with 10 rebounds and added 9 points. For the week, he shot 50.0 percent from the field.
Maurice Ndour, Ohio, Forward
Junior, Mbour, Senegal (Monroe College (N.Y.))
Ndour averaged 16.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.0 blocks/game in two games for Ohio against teams ranked in the top-75 of the RPI. He also made 14-of-24 (.583) field goal attempts on the week. On Wednesday vs. No. 22/20 Massachusetts, Ndour totaled a team-high 16 points and six rebounds while dishing out four assists and adding two blocks against the No. 2 RPI team in the country. On Sunday in Ohio’s 70-69 overtime victory at Richmond, Ndour tallied a team-high 19 points while connecting on 8-of-10 field goal attempts and grabbing seven rebounds. Against the Spiders, Ndour posted 12 of his 19 points after halftime and made two critical baskets in the overtime session. On the defensive end of the floor, he helped limit Richmond’s two post players to zero points in the second half and overtime sessions.
J.D. Weatherspoon, Toledo, Forward
Junior, Columbus, OH (Northland)
Junior forward J.D. Weatherspoon led Toledo in points, rebounds, steals and blocks last week as the Rockets improved their record 11-0 with wins at Arkansas State and vs. Cleveland State. Weatherspoon averaged 14.0 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 2.5 spg, 2.0 bpg and 2.0 apg with a 53.3 FG% and 80.0 FT% (12-of-15) in the two victories, including a career-high 18 points, eight-rebound, three-block showing in a 71-67 win over CSU. Weatherspoon also had a key dunk in the contest which gave the Rockets a 69-65 lead with 20 seconds remaining. In UT’s 78-65, victory at Arkansas State, Weatherspoon dished out a career-high four assists in addition tallying 10 points, seven rebounds and three steals.
David Brown, Western Michigan, Guard
Redshirt Senior, Roscoe, Ill (Hononegah)
Brown continued to light up the scoreboard as he has all season over the past week, averaging a team-best 18.7 points per game over three contests to lead the Broncos to a win over Prairie View A&M and a pair of narrow road losses to #24 Missouri and Drake. Brown scored a game-high 18 points, as well as three steals and two assists, in the Broncos’ loss to the Tigers on Sunday, as WMU came within two possessions of snapping the Tigers’ 79-game home nonconference win streak. Brown went on to record a game-high in scoring against the Bulldogs as well, pouring in 23 points for his fourth 20-point performance on the season. He closed the week with an impressive effort in the Broncos’ 92-53 win over the Panthers on Saturday, notching a team-high 19 points on 6-of-11 (.545) shooting from the field while also adding five rebounds. Brown leads the MAC with a 19.7 points per game scoring average.