SMU’s Ojeleye, Temple’s Rose Notch 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. 6-12.
AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Semi Ojeleye ∙ Jr. ∙ F ∙ SMU ∙ Ottawa, Kan.
Ojeleye collects his second player of the week accolade this season after leading #25/rv SMU to a 2-0 week, giving the Mustangs 18 wins in their last 19 games. Ojeleye averaged 24.0 points and 7.0 rebounds while shooting 7-of-13 from three-point range. Ojeleye opened his week with a career-high 30 points, adding 10 rebounds in recording his fourth double-double of the season in SMU’s victory at Temple. On Sunday, Ojeleye had a game-high 18 points, leading the Ponies to their 19th straight home win, 60-51, over #11/11 Cincinnati.
AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Quinton Rose ∙ Fr. ∙ G ∙ Temple ∙ Rochester, N.Y.
For the fourth time this season, Rose earns rookie of the week honors. The freshman led Temple to a 1-1 week, making his first career start at Memphis on Sunday. In that game, Rose led the Owls with 18 points, including four three-pointers in a key road victory. The output was the second time in four games Rose has scored at least 18 points. On the week, the freshman averaged 15.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game.
WEEKLY HONOR ROLL
Damyean Dotson ∙ Sr. ∙ G ∙ Houston ∙ Houston
Dotson led Houston to two victories last week, extending the Cougars’ winning streak to five games. The senior averaged 28.0 points per game, beginning with a 32-point outburst at Tulane to set a career-high. Dotson tallied 24 points in Houston’s victory at Tulsa, his sixth straight game with at least 20 points.
Dedric Lawson ∙ So. ∙ F ∙ Memphis ∙ Memphis, Tenn.
The sophomore became the quickest player in American history to reach 1,000 career points, doing so in his 58th game as Memphis knocked off Tulsa. Lawson tallied a double-double against Tulsa and followed it up with a 27-point, 12-rebound performance against Temple, giving him 17 double-doubles this season.
Kyle Washington ∙ Jr. ∙ F ∙ Cincinnati ∙ Champlin, Minn.
Washington posted 14 points and 11 rebounds in #11/11 Cincinnati’s midweek win against UCF, helping push the Bearcats’ home winning streak to 23 games. The lefty had 11 points at #25/rv SMU, averaging 12.5 points and 8.5 rebounds on the week.
Rodney Purvis ∙ R-Sr. ∙ G ∙ UConn ∙ Raleigh, N.C.
Averaging 20.5 points and knocking down 11-of-15 three-pointers on the week, Purvis helped lead UConn to a 2-0 mark. Purvis started the week with 23 points versus USF, matching his career-high with six three-pointers. In UConn’s win at UCF, Purvis added five triples, leading the Huskies with 18 points.
Geno Thorpe ∙ Jr. ∙ G ∙ USF ∙ Pittsburgh
Coming off the bench on Saturday, Thorpe’s 22 points and eight assists led USF to its first conference win of the season. For the week, Thorpe averaged 16.5 points and 5.5 assists.