DENVER – Grand Canyon redshirt senior guard DeWayne Russell has been named Western Athletic Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Week for the week of Feb. 6-12. This is his third WAC Player of the Week honor of the season and of his career.
The Peoria, Ariz., native led the WAC with 22.5 points and 7.5 assists to go along with 4.5 rebounds and 3.0 steals per game in leading the Lopes to a pair of crucial victories last week. Russell opened the week with 14 points, eight assists, five rebounds and four steals in a win over UT Rio Grande Valley last Thursday. Against NM State on Saturday, Russell scored 31 points, tied for his second-best scoring output of his career and the fourth time scoring 30 or more points this season. He also added seven assists, four rebounds and two steals. NM State led 65-57 with 8:33 left in the game when the Lopes went on a 19-0 run and held the Aggies scoreless for nearly an eight minute span to secure the victory. Russell currently leads the WAC in scoring, assists and minutes per game.
Other nominees included: CSU Bakersfield’s Matt Smith averaged 15.0 points, 8.5 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game as the Roadrunners went 2-0 and moved into first place in the WAC standings … Trayvon Palmer of Chicago State averaged 19.0 points, 9.0 rebounds and 1.0 steal per game over two games last week … UMKC’s Kyle Steward averaged 20.0 points, 9.0 rebounds and 1.0 blocks per game as the Roos went 2-0 on the week … Ian Baker of NM State averaged 19.0 points, 6.5 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game last week … Seattle U’s Zack Moore averaged 17.5 points, 2.5 rebounds and 4.5 three-pointers per game as the Redhawks went 1-1 on the week … Nick Dixon of UT Rio Grande Valley averaged 19.5 points, 3.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.5 steals over two games last week … Utah Valley’s Kenneth Ogbe averaged 16.5 points and 2.0 rebounds as the Wolverines went 1-1 on the week.