Final Weekly Winners For 2016
(St. Louis, MO) – The final installment of ‘players of the week’ for this basketball season is upon us. With all three Valley conferences have begun their tournament weeks. The week will be filled with year-end awards and next week we will have ‘all-tournament’ kinds of announcements.
Ohio Valley Conference
St. Louisan Josh Robinson played the starring role in the Austin Peay’s furious finish to reach the OVC playoffs for the first time since 2012. The sophomore from St. Mary’s High School scored 22 and 18 points in the Governor’s two wins, and he is the ‘Player of the Week’ for the second time this season.
Greg Tucker finished the season with an exclamation point. The Jacksonville State junior scored 36 points in the Gamecocks final game. He came up one point shy of the JSU Division 1 scoring record. The Mineral Area College transfer was successful on nine of his 17 three-point attempts and made 20 of 24 free throw attempts this week. Tucker earned his second ‘Newcomer of the Week’ award.
A second Austin Peay player is being honored this week. Chris Porter-Bunton scored 23 points in the Gov’s two victories. The Bowling Green native made three clutch baskets late in the APSU’s ‘must win’ against Southeast Missouri on Saturday and is this week’s ‘Freshman of the Week.’
Missouri Valley Conference
Northern Iowa continued to be the hottest team in the MVC and one reason was the stellar play of Wes Washpun. The 6’1 senior made all 10 of his free throws on his way to a 30 point week and two Panther wins. Heading into Arch Madness 2016 the Panthers have won three straight games and nine of their last ten games and Washpun is this week’s ‘Player of the Week.’
Anton Grady has had some great moments and scary events this year at Wichita State. The Cleveland State transfer suffered through a spinal concussion earlier in the season and finished the last week of the season with 33 points in the final two games. Grady beat out Drake’s Dominik Olejniczak for this week’s ‘Newcomer of the Week’ award.
Great Lakes Valley Conference
There was no ‘Player of the Week’ award announced this week. The GLVC began conference tournament play Sunday. Advancing to the quarterfinals were Lewis, Truman State, Quincy and Southern Indiana.