PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Damion James, Texas, G/F, So., 6-7, 230, Nacogdoches, Texas/Nacogdoches
James averaged 19.0 points, 10.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists to help lead Texas to victories over Texas Southern and UCLA. The sophomore started the week with 19 points and 10 boards to go along with four assists in a 98-61 tally over the Tigers. On Sunday, he also had 19 points and 10 rebounds with two assists in a 63-61 victory at UCLA. The Bruins, ranked No. 1 in the USA Today/ESPN poll and No. 2 in the Associated Press poll, had boasted a 25-game home win streak. In that game, James scored the game-winning basket with eight seconds remaining. He shot 17-of-32 (.531) on the week and recorded his first two double-doubles of the season.
ROOKIES OF THE WEEK
Craig Brackins, Iowa State, F, Fr., 6-10, 220, Palmdale, Calif./Brewster Academy [N.H.]
Brackins had 12.5 points and 8.0 rebounds per game as the Cyclones split two games last week. The highlight of his week came in Iowa State’s 71-64 overtime road win at Oregon State. In that contest, he tied his career-high with 23 points on 9-of-16 shooting from the field. He also recorded his second double-double of the year by grabbing 10 rebounds. He is just one of two ISU rookies in school history to record 23 points or more in multiple outings.
James Anderson, Oklahoma State, G, Fr., 6-6, 195, Junction City, Ark./Junction City
Anderson captures rookie accolades after leading Oklahoma State to victory in its only game of the week. The freshman scored a game-high 22 points as the Cowboys posted a 96-71 victory over Washington. He was 6-of-9 (.667) from the floor, including 4-of-6 (.667) from 3-point range. Anderson was also 6-of-6 from the free throw line. It was his third game with at least 20 points this season, as he has also recorded double-figures in every outing.