MAC Announces Men's Basketball Players of the Week
February 17, 2014INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
MAC East Division Men’s Basketball Player of the Week
Demetrius “Tree” Treadwell, Akron, Forward
Senior, Euclid, Ohio (Euclid)
Treadwell continued his double-double run through the MAC schedule last week in helping the Zips to a 1-1 record. He finished the week averaging 20.5 points, 11.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.0 block per game while posting two double-doubles. He has now posted a double-double in a MAC-best 13 games, including nine of the last 10 contests. He also shot 54.2 percent from the floor and 76.5 percent at the charity stripe. Against Western Michigan, he finished with 16 points, 12 rebounds, three steals, two assists and two swats. He had a career night against Northern Illinois, posting a career-high 25 points to go with team-highs in rebounds (10) and assists (3). Treadwell is the first Zip to post 25-point, 10-rebound double-double since Chris McKnight against Ohio on Feb. 14, 2010.
MAC West Division Men’s Basketball Co-Players of the Week
Da’Shonte Riley, Eastern Michigan, Center
Senior, Detroit, Mich. (Detroit Country Day)
Eastern Michigan senior center was the catalyst for the Green and White this week, leading EMU to a 2-0 record versus a pair of Mid-American Conference West Division opponents. First in a 73-62 victory at Ball State, Feb. 12, the Detroit, Mich. native pulled down five rebounds, but it was effort on the defensive end that helped the Eagles to an 11-point victory. Riley had three steals, while swatting six Cardinal shot attempts. Riley showed up on the defensive side of the floor again in a convincing 65-44 win versus the conference leading Rockets of Toledo, Feb. 15. The 7-foot center had six points on 3-of-6 shooting, while recording a steal, to go along with eight rebounds and another seven blocks. Those seven blocks are tied for the second-most in a single game in school history. Riley has accomplished this feat on three occasions during the 2013-14 campaign, as well as four times in his career. Overall on the week, despite averaging just three points per contest, Riley pulled down 6.5 rebounds per game, while posting an assist and a pair of steals per game. Most impressive was his work in the paint defensively. The senior averaged 6.5 blocks per game which is more than twice as many as any season average within MAC play, as well as, nearly two blocks better the NCAA leader averages on the season.
Shayne Whittington, Western Michigan, Center
Redshirt Senior, Paw Paw, Mich. (Lawrence)
Whittington helped the Broncos wins over Akron and Miami last week, averaging team bests in points and rebounds as WMU moved into a three-way tie at the top of the MAC standings. The Broncos trailed the Zips by eight points at halftime, but Whittington notched 13 of his 15 points in the final 20 minutes of the game as WMU snapped an eight-game losing streak to the Zips; he also recorded a team-high seven rebounds. Whittington went on to post his eighth double-double of the season in the Broncos’ win over the RedHawks, registering 18 points and a game-high 10 rebounds to go with four blocked shots. Whittington is averaging a career-high 15.0 points per game and is shooting 50.6 percent from the field.
Jesse Berry, Ball State, Guard
Senior, Lafayette, Ind. (Jefferson)
Berry averaged 18.5 points per game last week and broke the Ball State record for career 3-pointers. The senior guard scored 17 points Wednesday against Eastern Michigan and followed that performance with 20 against Bowling Green on Saturday. He drilled 11 3-pointers over the two games to bring his career total to 207, surpassing the previous school record of 203 held by former teammate Jauwan Scaife. Berry, who ranks second among active MAC players in career 3-pointers, shot 57.9 percent (11 for 19) from beyond the arc for the week. He matched his career-high with six treys in the Bowling Green game.
Cameron Black, Bowling Green, Center
Senior, Kent, Ohio (Roosevelt)
Black had a strong week for the Falcons on the hardwood, as the senior averaged a double-double of 13.0 points and 10.5 rebounds per game. Black, who also posted five blocks over BGSU’s two contests last week, shot 60 percent (12-of-20) overall and played on average 34.0 minutes per contest. In the Falcons last second loss to Kent State, Black, a Kent, Ohio native, had a career-high 18 points on 9-of-11 shooting for the game to lead BGSU. Black also hauled in nine rebounds, dished out three assists and recorded two blocks, one of which came late in the game to keep the Falcons on top. In the win on Saturday at Ball State, Brown pulled down a team-high 12 rebounds, 11 of which came on the defensive end, to go along with eight points and two blocks. Black averaged 2.5 blocks and 2.0 assists per game for BGSU on the week.
Javon McCrea, Buffalo, Forward
Senior, Newark, NY (Newark)
McCrea averaged 21.5 points and 9.5 rebounds in UB’s two games this past week as he also added 3.0 assists, 3.5 steals and 1.5 blocks per game. In the win at Miami, McCrea moved into second place in school history in career scoring as he had 25 points and 11 rebounds, his fourth straight double-double. McCrea went 12-of-14 from the field in Oxford. On Saturday, McCrea added 18 points and eight rebounds in a tough three-point loss to Ohio. However, he showed his passing prowess as he finished with four assists and was also a force on the defensive end as he had five steals in the game. Over the course of the week, McCrea shot over 70% from the floor and was perfect from the free throw line.
Chris Fowler, Central Michigan, Guard
Sophomore, Southfield, Mich. (Detroit Country Day)
Fowler, the MAC’s leading scorer in conference play, averaged 19 points, six assists, four rebounds and 3.5 steals last week in road games at Northern Illinois and Kent State. Versus NIU, he led Chippewas with 19 points and, with seven assists, moved into eighth place in the CMU career list with 291 in just 54 games (5.4 avg.). Against Kent State, Fowler was CMU’s leading scorer for the 15th time this season, posting 19 for the second straight game, including nine from the free throw line on 11 attempts. He also added five steals, five assists and a team-high four rebounds. Fowler is ranked near the top of the MAC in scoring (3rd, 18.0), assists (4th, 5.0), steals (5th, 1.9), assist/turnover ratio (5th 1.9) and field goal percentage (6th, .544).
Derek Jackson, Kent State, Guard
Redshirt Junior, Cleveland, Ohio (Benedictine)
Jackson averaged 19 points and 5.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 3 steals to lead a resurgent Kent State squad to a pair of victories at the M.A.C. Center. Jackson responded to coming off the bench for the first time this season on Wednesday by scoring a career-high 25 points, including 5-for-7 from the three-point line, in a 62-61 victory over Bowling Green. After the Falcons scored the game’s first 13 points, Jackson scored 13 points in his first 7 minutes of action to lead the comeback effort. He followed his career night with one of his most balanced performances of the season on Saturday against Central Michigan, an 83-75 Kent State victory. The former Chippewa helped the Golden Flashes avenge an overtime loss in Mount Pleasant just 10 days earlier by stuffing the stat sheet with 13 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals. For the week, Jackson shot 62% from the field, 5-0% from the three-point arc and 86% from the foul line.
Aaric Armstead, Northern Illinois, Guard
Junior, Chicago, Ill. (Hales Franciscan/San Jose City College)
Armstead averaging 15.0 points and 5.0 rebounds last week as the Huskies split a pair of games against Central Michigan and Akron. Against the Chippewas, Armstead scored a career-high 17 points and tied a career-best with eight rebounds as the Huskies cruised to an 88-63 victory. The 88 points were the most for the Huskies against a Division I opponent since Jan. 6, 2010 and the 25-point margin of victory was NIU’s highest in a conference game since Feb. 26, 2006. At Akron, Armstead scored 13 points, his sixth double figure scoring game of the season, and pulled down a pair of rebounds. Armstead is averaging 6.2 points and 3.2 rebounds per game this season. In league play, Armstead is averaging 8.2 points and 3.8 rebounds per contest.
Nick Kellogg, Ohio, Guard
Senior, Westerville, Ohio (Saint Francis De Sales)
Kellogg averaged 19.0 points, 4.5 assists, 2.5 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game in two difficult road contests for the Bobcats this week. The Westerville, Ohio, native also shot 38.9 percent (7-18) from long range and made seven 3-pointers on the week. On Wednesday at Toledo, Kellogg posted a team high 21 points while adding five assists and three steals in 32 minutes against the Rockets. With his fourth 3-pointer of the game, Kellogg moved past Tommy Freeman and into second place all-time at Ohio in 3-pointers made per game. Then, in Ohio’s critical 73-70 victory at Buffalo on Saturday, Kellogg posted a team-high 17 points and made 7-of-14 field goal attempts while dishing out four assists. The senior played some point guard with Stevie Taylor out due to injury and posted 12 of his 17 points in the second half while helping the Bobcats rally from a 10-point deficit (63-53) with just over nine minutes to play. He also stole the ball on Buffalo’s final possession to ice the victory for Ohio.