UConn’s Adams, Tulane’s Ona Embo Collect Honors
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The American Athletic Conference has announced the winners of the league’s weekly men’s basketball honors for the week of Feb. 13-19.
AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Jalen Adams ∙ So. ∙ G ∙ UConn ∙ Roxbury, Mass.
Adams earns his first career player of the week honor after leading UConn to a 2-0 week to climb into a tie for third in The American. Adams opened the week by leading the Huskies back from a 15-point deficit in the final 15:44, scoring 17 of his 19 points in the second half, including the go-ahead jumper with 1:59 remaining. At Temple, Adams posted 13 points to go along with five assists, including the game-winning basket with 2.9 seconds to play.
AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Ray Ona Embo ∙ Fr. ∙ G ∙ Tulane ∙ Lognes, France
For the second time this season, Ona Embo earns rookie of the week honors. The freshman led Tulane to a 1-1 week, averaging 11.5 points and 4.5 assists per game for the Green Wave, while committing just one turnover in 60 minutes. After a 12-point, three-assist effort at No. 19, Ona Embo tallied 11 points and matched his career-high with six assists in Tulane’s victory over USF.
WEEKLY HONOR ROLL
Nick Banyard ∙ R-Sr. ∙ F ∙ UCF ∙ Flower Mound, Texas
Banyard led UCF to a 2-0 week, averaging a double-double with 18.0 points and 10.0 rebounds per game. After an 18-point, 9-rebounds effort in a win over Tulsa, Banyard notched a second 18-point outing to go along with 11 boards at East Carolina.
Gary Clark ∙ Jr. ∙ F ∙ Cincinnati ∙ Clayton, N.C.
The junior tallied 13 points and a season-high 14 rebounds in No. 18 Cincinnati’s victory at USF, his sixth double-double this year. Averaging 13.5 points and 11.0 rebounds on the week, Clark wrapped a 2-0 week for the Bearcats with 14 points and eight boards against Tulsa.
Ben Moore ∙ Sr. ∙ F ∙ SMU ∙ Bolingbrook, Ill.
Moore notched two double-doubles last week, leading No. 19 SMU to two victories. With 15 points and 13 rebounds, Moore led the Mustangs to a midweek win over Tulane. At Houston, the senior tallied 18 points and 13 boards as the Ponies won their 10th consecutive game.
Cameron Reynolds ∙ R-Jr. ∙ G ∙ Tulane ∙ Pearland, Texas
Reynolds helped lead Tulane to a 1-1 week, averaging 20.0 points and 7.5 rebounds while shooting 15-of-29 from the field. Reynolds had a game-high 23 points behind five three-pointers at No. 19 SMU before notching 17 points and seven boards against USF.
Rob Gray ∙ R-Jr. ∙ G ∙ Houston ∙ Forest City, N.C.
Gray tallied his 22nd career game with 20 or more points in Houston’s lone game last week. The junior had a game-high 23 points and grabbed six rebounds, one shy of his career high.