MAC East Division Men's Basketball Player of the Week
Zeke Marshall, Akron
Senior, Center, McKeesport, Pa. (McKeesport)
Marshall helped the Zips to a 3-1 record over the week, including a 2-1 mark at the 2012 Puerto Rico Tip-Off in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. For the week, Marshall averaged 10.8 points, 8.0 rebounds and 4.8 blocked shots per game while playing 25.5 minutes per game. In 21 minutes against John Carroll on Monday, Marshall had eight points, seven rebounds and six blocked shots in the 97-53 win. He recorded a double-double in game one in Puerto Rico, scoring 12 points and grabbing 10 points while blocking two shots in a 69-65 overtime loss to tournament-champion Oklahoma State. Marshall sent the game to overtime with a lay-up with 1:02 remaining in the second half. He helped the Zips to back-to-back blowouts, posting six points, eight boards and five blocked shots against UNC Asheville (82-63) and 17 points, seven boards and six blocked shots against Penn State (85-60). Marshall was named to the all-tournament team and set the tournament record for blocked shots over three games (13). He also moved into sole possession of second place on the Mid-American Conference career blocked shots list (268).
MAC West Division Men's Basketball Player of the Week
Nate Hutcheson, Western Michigan
Senior, Forward, Marion, Iowa (Linn-Mar)
Hutcheson led the Broncos to a 4-0 week, beginning with a home win against Marygrove and culminating with three wins in three days, defeating Loyola-Chicago, Maryland-Eastern Shore, and South Florida at the USF Invitational. Hutcheson scored in double-figures in all four contests, opening the week with a 14-point, four-rebound performance against the Mustangs on Tuesday. Hutcheson would go off on Friday against Loyola-Chicago, scoring a career-high 30 points against the Ramblers on 8 of 13 shooting, including a 6 of 8 performance from three-point range; Hutcheson would also add nine rebounds and a block in the Broncos' 81-71 win over the Ramblers. Hutcheson would be the player the UMES defense keyed upon in Saturday's game, but he still managed to reach double figures with 10 points, three rebounds, a block, and a steal. Hutcheson would wrap the weekend with a strong performance against South Florida, scoring 11 points, including converting a three-point play with less than 30 seconds remaining to give the Broncos a five-point lead over the Bulls. The Broncos' tournament win at South Florida was the first time they went undefeated at an in-season tournament since the 2003-04 season, when they won two games at the AZ.central Hoops Classic, and it is the first time they swept a three-game tournament in program history.
Majok Majok, Ball State
Junior, Forward, Perth, Australia (Midland College)
Majok scored a game-high 17 points and pulled down seven rebounds in Ball State’s 66-61 win Friday over Wofford. The junior forward was aggressive, scoring in the paint and earning trips to the free throw line where he made 9 of his 10 attempts. He scored 10 of his points in the second half as the Cardinals turned a two-point halftime deficit into a five-point win. Majok also added one assist, one block and one steal to help the Cardinals improve to 2-0 by defeating a Wofford team that has played in three consecutive postseasons. Through the first two games of his Ball State career, the junior college transfer is averaging a near double-double with averages of 14.0 points and 9.5 rebounds per game.
A'uston Calhoun, Bowling Green
Senior, Forward, Southfield, Mich (Southfield)
Calhoun averaged 24.5 points and 6.5 rebounds per game, while shooting 53 percent from the field. Calhoun scored a career-high 30 points, the most for a BGSU player since 2007, on 12-of-17 shooting against Cleveland State, make two of his four three-point attempts. He followed that up with 19 points and six rebounds, hitting another three-pointer, against IUPUI. Calhoun also blocked two shots on the week, had a steal, and shot 75 percent from the free-throw line. In the game against IUPUI, Calhoun went over 900 career points and is on pace to become the 40th player in school history to reach 1,000 for a career.
Javon McCrea, Buffalo
Junior, Forward, Newark, NY (Newark)
McCrea played four games last week and led the Bulls in nearly every statistical category. McCrea averaged 15.3 points, 5.5 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 2.2 blocks per game. At Florida State, McCrea finished with 17 points on 8-of-12 shooting, four rebounds and a block. In UB's win over Evansville, he had 14 points on 7-of-11 shooting from the field and added eight rebounds, five assists and three blocks. He had 13 points, five rebounds, five assists and three blocks against Western Illinois. Against Yale he had 17 points, including a career-best 13-of-14 from the free throw line and added five rebounds, three assists and two blocks.
Daylen Harrison, Eastern Michigan
Junior, Guard/Forward, Akron, Ohio (St. Vincent-St. Mary)
Harrison helped to Eagles to a tournament championship this week, as EMU went 4-0 in total during the inaugural 2012 EMU “Ice Man” Classic. In three games this week, Harrison totaled 42 points, 23 rebounds, four steals and four assists. Averaging 34.0 minutes a game, the Akron, Ohio native posted 14 points per game and 7.7 rebounds per game. Harrison shot 44.4 percent (12-of-27) from the field and 85.0 percent (17-of-20) from the charity stripe, including a perfect 11-for-11 in the 60-52 victory over Eastern Illinois Friday, Nov. 16. In EMU’s win against Texas-Pan American, Harrison posted the first double-double of his career, notching 16 points and 12 rebounds with a 63.6 percent (7-of-11) field goal percentage. For his efforts, Harrison was honored as a member of the 2012 EMU “Ice Man” Classic All Tournament Team.
Chris Evans, Kent State
Senior, Forward, Chesapeake, Va. (Petersburg H.S./Wabash Valley C.C [Ill.])
Evans averaged 16.3 points, 6.0 rebounds and 3.8 steals in three games last week as the Golden Flashes went 1-2.
Reggie Keely, Ohio
Senior, Forward, University Heights, Ohio (Cleveland Heights)
Ohio senior forward Reggie Keely helped the Ohio University men’s basketball team to wins over UNC-Wilmington and Wofford this past week as he averaged 15.0 points per game and 6.0 rebounds per game coming off the bench – both of which were team bests for the week. Keely currently leads the team in scoring (14.3) and rebounding (5.7).
Rian Pearson, Toledo
Junior, Guard, Raytown, Mo. (UW-Green Bay) (South)
Pearson averaged 18.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 2.0 spg and 2.0 apg in the Rockets' two contests last week. Pearson led Toledo with 18 points in UT's loss at Minnesota before following that performance with another 18-point performance in UT's 84-81 (OT) loss at Northern Iowa. Pearson also grabbed six rebounds and sank 3-of-3 free throws against the Panthers including an important three-point play late in regulation that helped the Rockets send the game to overtime.