NEW YORK — Here are this week’s HBCU men’s and women’s basketball players of the week as chosen by the four major black college conferences for the games through February 18th.
Player of The Week: Jahsha Bluntt, Delaware State.
Bluntt averaged 22.5 points, while shooting 56-percent from the field, to lead the Hornets in two conference wins against Maryland Eastern Shore and Hampton last week. Against the Hawks, Bluntt scored 25 points, pulled down six rebounds, and connected on seven-of-eight baskets from the charity stripe. He followed that performance by recording 20 points and grabbing seven rebounds, while shooting 50-percent from the field to aide the league leading Hornets to a victory over the Pirates. This is Bluntt’s second Player of the Week honor this season.
Rookie of The Week: Matt Pilgrim, Hampton.
Pilgrim averaged 17.5 points and five rebounds to help the Pirates finish with a 1-1 record last week among conference opponents. In his top performance, Pilgrim matched his career-high with 24 points including four rebounds, three blocks and three steals against Delaware State. This is Pilgrim’s fourth Rookie of the Week honor.
Player of The Week: Amber Bland, N.C. A&T.
Rookie of The Week: April McBride, Maryland Eastern Shore.
McBride led her team in scoring with back-to-back double digit performances of 16 points respectively against Delaware State and Florida A&M, helping the Lady Hawks to a 1-1 mark last week. McBride shot 50 percent from the field (12-of-24) and recorded 32 points, 15 rebounds, and two blocks during the two games. This is the third time that McBride has earned Rookie of the week honors.
Player of The Week: Hassan Robinson, Saint Paul’s College.
Robinson averaged 20.0 points and 5.5 assists while shooting 50 percent from behind the arc in two conference victories for the Tigers last week. The senior connected on five-of-10 three-pointers and scored a season high 30 points, an assist, three rebounds and five steals in an upset win over Bowie State.
Rookie Of The Week: Jerry Hollis, J.C. Smith.
Hollis, who has been named CIAA’s ROTW for a school record eight times, had an ordinary week by his standards. He averaged 8.0 points per game and 2.6 rebounds per game over the course of the week. His best outing was against St. Augustine’s College where he had 10 points, four rebounds, three blocks, two assists, and a steal in the season sweep of the Falcons.
Coach of The Week: Stephen Joyner, Sr., J.C. Smith.
Joyner led his team to a perfect 3-0 record this week to move from sixth place to third place in the conference. The Golden Bulls picked up wins over St. Augustine ‘s (season sweep), Livingstone, and Shaw (season sweep).
Player of The Week: LaQuanda Williams, N.C. Central.
Williams was named POTW for the second straight week, after leading NCCU to three conference wins during the week of Feb. 19. She averaged 21.3 points, 7.0 rebounds and 3.3 steals per game in three contests during the week. On Feb. 17, Williams scored a team-high 25 points and added nine rebounds and four steals in a 72-53 win at Virginia Union University.
Rookie of The Week: Demetria Bell, J.C. Smith.
Bell had an outstanding week of basketball, but her best performance came against the defending CIAA champion Shaw University Lady Bears. Bell 19 points, pulled down six rebounds, dished out three assists and stole the ball once. This is the second time this season that she has been named CIAA ROTW.
Coach of The Week: James Hill, Virginia State.
Coach Hill guided the Lady Trojans to successive wins over Fayetteville State (7th in the South Atlantic Region) and Elizabeth City State (25th in USA Today Coaches’ Poll).
Player of The Week: Kenny Jones, Kentucky State.
Jones averaged 23.3 points, 8.7 rebounds and two steals in Thorobred victories over LeMoyne-Owen and Miles following loss to Lane. His best game was a 32 point, 11 rebound performance against Miles on 2/17/07.
Player of The Week: Cortney Matthewis, Kentucky State.
Matthewis averaged 19.7 points, 7.3 rebounds and 2.7 steals in Thorobrette wins over Lane, LeMoyne-Owen and Miles. Her best game was a 25 point, nine rebound, and five steal performance against Miles on 2/17/07.
Player of The Week: Devlin Thompson, Alcorn State.
In two games last week (both losses), Thompson averaged 21.6 points, 2.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists, and one steal.
Newcomer of The Week: Grant Maxey, Jackson State.
This is the fourth time this season that the 6-7 native of Toledo has received this honor. In JSU’s only game last week Maxey played an important role in helping the Tigers beat Grambling State Saturday night. Against Grambling he finished with 19 points, 8 rebounds, 3 blocked shots, and a steal.
Player of The Week: Rasaan Powell, Alcorn State.
Powell averaged 21 points, 13 rebounds, 1.5 assists and one steal and 0.5 blocks per game in a 58-57 win over Alabama A&M and a 74-57 win over Alabama State. Powell also scored the game winning jumper in the AAMU win.
Newcomer of The Week: Gaati Werema, Prairie View A&M.
Werema averaged 16 points, 14.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists, two steals and 2.5 blocks in the Lady Panthers wins over Mississippi Valley State (77-60) and Arkansas-Pine Bluff (60-55).