MAC Men’s Basketball East Division Player of the Week
Nick Kellogg, Ohio, Guard
Senior, Westerville, Ohio (Saint Francis De Sales)
Kellogg averaged 20.0 points, 7.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game while shooting 56.5 percent (13-23) from the field in a 2-0 week for Ohio. The senior also knocked down 6-of-11 (.545) 3-point attempts and made all eight of his free throws. On Monday during Ohio’s 78-43 victory over Longwood, Kellogg notched a game-high 17 points and connected on 6-of-11 field goals (3-5 3pt FG) while adding six rebounds and four assists against the Lancers. In Saturday’s 79-70 win at UNC-Asheville, the Westerville, Ohio, native tied his career high with 23 points on 7-of-12 shooting (3-6 3pt FG) and grabbed a career-best nine rebounds in 38 minutes on the floor. Kellogg hit a clutch 3-pointer to tie the game at 60 with six minutes to play, then went 4-for-4 from the line down the stretch to help hand Asheville its first home loss of the season and just its seventh home defeat in the past three campaigns.
MAC Men’s Basketball West Division Player of the Week
Majok Majok, Ball State, Center
Senior, Perth Australia/Northfield Mount Hermon (Mass.)
Majok averaged 21.5 points and 16 rebounds per game over Ball State’s two contests last week, recording double-doubles in both. The senior center scored 18 points and pulled down 14 rebounds Monday at James Madison. He followed that with 25 points and a career-high 18 boards in Friday’s win over Oakland City, becoming the first Ball State player since 2005 to surpass 20 points and 15 rebounds in a game. His 18 rebounds are the most in a game by a MAC player this season. Majok also connected of 7 of 10 attempts from the floor in both games and made good on a career-best 11 free throws in 12 attempts against Oakland City. With 32 rebounds over the two games, Majok climbed to eighth nationally in rebounding average at 10.6 per game. He is tied for the MAC lead in double-doubles with five and is one of 16 players in the country averaging a double-double.
Richaun Holmes, Bowling Green, Forward
Junior, Lockport, Ill. (Lockport)
Holmes just missed out on his third double-double of the season on Thursday night, as the forward posted a game-high 16 points and nine rebounds versus IPFW. Holmes was 5-of-7 (71.4 percent) from the floor overall, including going 2-of-2 from behind the three-point line, and a perfect 4-of-4 (100 percent) from the charity stripe. The 6-8 forward also posted two assists and two blocks over 33 minutes of play. With his production, Holmes now leads the team with 14.2 points per game and is second in rebounds at 7.5 per contest. He also leads both BGSU and the Falcons in blocks per game at 3.1, free throw percentage at 73.4 percent and field goal percentage at 55.3 percent on the season.
Braylon Rayson, Central Michigan, Guard
Dallas, Texas (Mesquite)
Freshman guard Braylon Rayson came off the bench to score a game and career-high 27 points, helping CMU set a program record for margin of victory and tie the mark for points in a game in the Chippewas’ 127-44 rout of Marygrove. His point total was just four shy of tying the McGuirk Arena record, set by Kyle Randall in 2013. Rayson made 11-of-16 shots (69%), including 4-of-6 three pointers, and added four assists, two rebounds, two steals and one block. The true freshman ranks third on the team in scoring, averaging 9.7 points per game in just 15.8 minutes.
Glenn Bryant, Eastern Michigan, Forward
R-Senior, Detroit, Mich. (Oak Hill Academy)
Bryant put up a pair of impressive performances this week. First the Detroit, Mich. posted 19 points and eight rebounds against the No. 2-ranked Orange of Syracuse University in a New Year’s Eve showdown. In that game, Bryant shot 72.7 percent, knocking down eight of his 11 field goal attempts, including him throwing down four alley-oop attempts. Not only was he strong from the field, the 6-foot-8 forward knocked down all three of his free throw attempts. In EMU’s non-conference finale, the redshirt-senior posted 10 points and six rebounds, while knocking down 66.7 percent of his shots (4-of-6). He was perfect again from the charity stripe, converting on both of his attempts. What was more impressive about this performance, was that he posted his 10 points and six rebounds in just 16 minutes of action in the 92-54 victory over Rochester College. Overall on the week, Bryant shot 70.6 percent from the floor on 12-of-17 shooting, while converting a perfect 5-of-5 from the free throw line. He averaged 14.5 points per contest, while adding an average of seven rebounds per contest.
Will Felder, Miami, Forward:
Senior, Cleveland, Ohio (Lutheran East)
Felder poured in 22 points to lead all scorers in a hard-fought battle at No. 23/22 Massachusetts in the RedHawks’ lone game of the week. It was his second 20-point scoring effort of the season and the fourth of his Miami career. Felder shot a scorching 83.3 percent from the field, a career high, sinking 10-of-12 field goals. His 10 field goals tied a career high. Felder’s sharp shooting helped keep Miami within striking distance throughout the game. As UMass began to pull away at various times, Felder came up with timely buckets to close the gap and keep the contest close. Although the RedHawks shot a mere six free throws for the game as a team, Felder was perfect from the line, nailing both attempts. He also tallied a game-high-tying seven rebounds and a blocked shot in 34 minutes of action. Entering the game, the Minutemen were pulling down 41.5 rebounds per game and outrebounding opponents by a +5.3 margin, and Felder’s seven boards helped the RedHawks outrebound UMass, 34-27. Felder and the RedHawks played the nationally-ranked Minutemen closer than any MAC team this season as the only team to come within single digits of UMass.
Nathan Boothe, Toledo, Center
Sophomore, Gurnee, Ill. (Warren Township)
Boothe scored a team-high 15 points and dished out a career-high five assists in Toledo’s 93-83 loss at No. 16 Kansas last Monday. Boothe shot 7-of-13 from the field and knocked down his first three-point field goal of the season.
Shayne Whittington, Western Michigan, Center
Redshirt Senior, Paw Paw, Mich. (Lawrence)
Whittington helped the Broncos to their second straight blowout win at home on Thursday, as WMU closed out its non-conference schedule with an 83-47 win over Siena Heights. Whittington played just 14 minutes in the game but was the offensive leader for the Broncos, notching 16 points on 5-of-7 shooting from the field while also adding 5-of-5 from the free throw line. Whittington is second on the Broncos with a 15.5 points per game scoring average and is shooting 50.5 percent from the field this season.