MAC Men’s Basketball East Division Co-Players of the Week
Will Felder, Miami, Forward
Senior, Cleveland, Ohio (Lutheran East)
Felder spearheaded Miami to two wins last week with an 86-80 triumph over Central Michigan last Wednesday and a 70-65 road win at Bowling Green on Saturday. Felder led all players with 22 points and a career-high-tying 13 rebounds against the Chippewas and shot a scorching 76.9 percent from the field. He knocked down 10 field goals, to tie a career high. It was the third time this season he has amassed 10 field goals in a game. It was the fifth time Felder scored 20 or more points in his time as a RedHawk and the third time this season. It also was his second double-double of the season and fourth of his Miami career. Despite playing 19 minutes at Bowling Green, Felder tallied 12 points, his seventh straight double figure scoring effort. He shot a strong 57.1 percent from the floor and 80.0 percent from the free throw-line in a big road win for the RedHawks, who extended their win streak to three straight for the first time since 2010-11. For the week, Felder averaged 17.0 ppg, 7.5 rpg and shot a sizzling 70.0 percent from the field and 75.0 percent from the free-throw line.
Demetrius “Tree” Treadwell, Akron, Forward
Senior, Euclid, Ohio (Euclid)
Demetrius “Tree” Treadwell helped the Zips to a 2-0 record last week as the Zips improved to 4-0 on the road in MAC play and 5-1 overall. For the week, Treadwell averaged 16.5 points, 12.5 rebounds, 2.5 blocked shots, 2.0 assists and 1.5 steals per game while shooting 46.2 percent from the field. Against Eastern Michigan, he became the first Zips player not named Zeke Marshall to block five shots in a game since Feb. 14, 2006. He finished with 18 points, 11 boards, two assists and two steals in the Zips’ 78-68 win. Against Central Michigan, he became the first Zips with four-straight double-doubles since the 1990-91 season thanks to his 15 point 14 rebound performance. Through six league games, he is averaging 15.8 points and 10.0 rebounds.
MAC Men’s Basketball West Division Player of the Week
Shayne Whittington, Western Michigan, Center
Redshirt Senior, Paw Paw, Mich. (Lawrence)
Whittington led the Broncos to a pair of wins last week, notching game-highs in points in victories at Kent State and at home against Ball State. Whittington went off for 18 points and six rebounds in WMU’s 75-59 victory against the Golden Flashes on Thursday, a win that marked the team’s first win in Kent since the 1995-96 season and marked the largest margin of victory for either team in the rivalry since 2009. Against Ball State on Sunday, Whittington recorded his seventh double-double of the season, out-dueling fellow Preseason All-MAC West center Majok Majok with season highs in points (21) and rebounds (15). Whittington was active in sharing the ball, notching three assists, and his defense included three steals and two blocked shots, as the Broncos held the Cardinals to just 30.0 percent shooting from the floor.
Chris Bond, Ball State, Forward
Senior, Gary, Ind. (Bowman Academy)
Bond averaged a double-double for the week at 15.0 points and 10.0 rebounds per game. He opened the week with the fifth double-double of his career, going for 16 points and 13 rebounds Thursday as Ball State took down Buffalo. Bond’s putback dunk in the second half against the Bulls landed him at No. 8 on SportsCenter’s Top Plays. The senior forward also added four assists and four steals against Buffalo, helping the Cardinals to their first league victory. He then scored 13 points and pulled down seven rebounds to go with two more steals Sunday at Western Michigan. Bond has now scored double figures in seven straight games and eight of the past nine. He has also moved into ninth place on Ball State’s all-time steals list with 138 for his career.
Jehvon Clarke, Bowling Green, Guard
Junior, Canton, Ohio (Timken)
Clarke led the Falcons in both scoring and assists last week with 18.5 points, on 50 percent shooting, and 5.0 assists per game. In BGSU’s win at Ohio on Wednesday night, Clarke had 15 points, four assists and two steals, as he was 6-of-12 (50 percent) from the floor and 2-of-3 (66.7 percent) from the charity stripe. Clarke hit two big time runners in the lane late in the contest to help seal the win for the Falcons, its first win at Ohio and Athens since Jan. 2009. The junior followed that up with a career-high 22 points, on a career-high four three-pointers, versus Miami. Clarke, who played an average of 37.5 minutes per contest last week, shot 80 percent from the free throw line and 41.7 percent from behind the three-point line. On the year, Clarke leads the team in assists with 89 on the year and is tops in the league in minutes played with an average of 35.4 minutes per contest.
Javon McCrea, Buffalo, Forward
Senior, Newark, NY (Newark)
McCrea averaged 24.0 points and 10.0 rebounds in a pair of road games for the Bulls this past week. He began with a 28-point 11-rebounds performance at Ball State where he moved into third place on UB’s all-time scoring and rebounding lists. He was unstoppable down low as he converted on five and-1 opportunities. The 28 points are his second highest of the season. Three days later, the Bulls remained on the road at Northern Illinois and McCrea put up 20 points and nine rebounds. He iced the game late with a pair of baseline dunks. McCrea is second in the MAC in points and rebounding.
Blake Hibbitts, Central Michigan, Forward
Hudsonville, Mich. (Hudsonville)
Hibbitts had a standout week for Central Michigan in MAC match-ups against Miami and Akron, totaling 30 points and 10 rebounds. Against the RedHawks mid-week, Hibbitts knocked down three three-pointers and had four rebounds. Versus two-time defending MAC champion Akron on Saturday, Hibbitts had his best game of the season, scoring a career-high 21 points, making 7-of-11 shots and 4-of-5 free throws, to go along with a team-best six rebounds. One of the conference’s top sharpshooters, Hibbitts ranks fourth in the MAC with 37 three-pointers.
Karrington Ward, Eastern Michigan, Forward
Junior, Lockport, Ill. (Lockport Township)
Eastern Michigan junior forward was the leader on the floor for the Eagles this week. The Lockport, Ill. native had his third 20-plus point performance before working for his third double-double this season. Ward scored 20 points on Akron, Jan. 22, shooting 46.7 percent from the floor, including 3-of-6 from three-point land. He followed up that with another stellar performance, scoring 13 points and pulling down 10 rebounds versus Ohio, Jan. 26. Overall on the week, the junior averaged 16.5 points per contest, while pulling down eight boards a game. Ward shot 43.5 percent from the floor, while knocking down 40 percent of his triple tries.
Maurice Ndour, Ohio, Forward
Junior, Mbour, Senegal/Monroe College (N.Y.)
Additional Information (Narrative Support): Ndour averaged 9.5 points, 11.0 rebounds, 2.0 blocks, 1.5 assists and 1.0 steals/per game in two contests for the Bobcats this past week. His defensive prowess also helped Ohio limit its opponents to 57.0 points per game and 36.9 percent shooting over the two contests. On Wednesday vs. Bowling Green, the Mbour, Senegal, native posted 12 points, eight rebounds, three assists and two blocks in 31 minutes on the floor. Ndour also connected on 2-of-3 3-point field goal attempts against the Falcons. On Saturday in Ohio’s comeback victory at Eastern Michigan, Ndour grabbed a career-best 14 rebounds, including four on the offensive end. The junior also posted seven points and swatted two shots in the contest. Ndour was a critical part of Ohio’s comeback from 13 points down with 7:45 to play. His jumper with 1:36 to go pulled the ‘Cats even with the Eagles for the first time in the game.
Darrell Bowie, Northern Illinois, Wing
Sophomore, Milwaukee, Wis. (La Jolla Pre)
Bowie averaged 15.0 points and 5.5 rebounds in the Huskies’ meetings with Toledo and Buffalo. Bowie scored 16 points, grabbed four rebounds and also recorded two steals and a blocked shot against Toledo last Wednesday (Jan. 22). On Saturday (Jan. 25), the sophomore from Milwaukee scored 14 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Bowie has scored in double figures nine times this season and has grabbed seven-or-more rebounds on 11 occasions this year. For the season, Bowie is averaging 9.7 points and 6.8 rebounds per game.
Justin Drummond, Toledo, Guard
Junior, Bowie, MD (Riverside Baptist)
Drummond averaged a team-high 19.5 ppg and 7.5 rpg along with an impressive 66.7 field-goal percentage (12-of-18) to help the Rockets post home wins over Northern Illinois and Kent State. Drummond opened the week on Wednesday by tallying a season-best 24 points and 11 rebounds against Northern Illinois for his second collegiate double-double. After missing his first two shots against the Huskies, Drummond connected on his final nine shots en route to a 9-of-11 shooting performance. The Rockets’ junior co-captain then registered a team-high 15 points to help UT pull out an 81-78 win over the Golden Flashes. Drummond came up big late in the contest by converting a three-point play on a dunk with a minute to play to give Toledo a 77-72 lead it wouldn’t relinquish.