Big South Weekly Award Winners

January 29th, 2007
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – VMI forward Reggie Williams (Prince George, Va.) and Winthrop senior Craig Bradshaw (Wellington, New Zealand) have been selected as the Big South Conference Choice Hotels Men’s Basketball Co-Player of the Week for games played Jan. 22-28, it was announced today by the League office. UNC Asheville guard Donovan Jones (Wilson, N.C.) has received New Balance Freshman of the Week honors. Williams averaged 34.0 points and 8.3 rebounds in three games last week, helping the Keydets to a 2-1 record, including two consecutive Big South wins. He opened the week with 34 points and nine rebounds at UNC Asheville, where he was 14-of-20 from the field, including 4-of-6 three-pointers. Against Radford, Williams tallied 28 points in addition to six rebounds, six assists and five steals. Saturday at Liberty, he dropped in 40 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, while shooting 14-of-21 from the floor. On the week, Williams was 40-of-66 from the field ( =.606), 8-of-20 from three-point range ( =.400) and averaged 5.0 assists and 2.0 steals per game. Bradshaw helped lead Winthrop to two important Big South wins over High Point and Coastal Carolina to move the Eagles into sole possession of first place at the mid-point of the Conference season. In the two games, he performed well above his season averages entering the week in averaging 16.0 points and 9.0 rebounds, while connecting on 12-of-23 field goals ( =.522), including 3-of-6 from long range. At High Point, he scored 14 points and connected on three crucial three-pointers, a season high. In the Coastal Carolina game, Bradshaw scored 18 points and pulled down a career-high 14 rebounds, and made the go-ahead free throw with :47 seconds left. Jones averaged 13.5 points and 6.5 rebounds in two games for the Bulldogs. He posted his first career double-double in Asheville’s five-point loss to VMI with 13 points and 10 rebounds in just 17 minutes of action. He was 4-of-5 from the floor against the Keydets, including 2-of-2 from the arc. In Saturday’s win against Charleston Southern, Jones tied a career-high with 14 points, hitting 4-of-8 field goals, while adding five steals and three assists. On the week, Jones shot .615 percent from the floor (8-of-13) and averaged 3.0 assists and 2.5 steals. Other Player of the Week nominees for Week 11: Arizona Reid (High Point), Larry Blair (Liberty) and Chris Oliver (Radford). Other Freshman of the Week nominees for Week 11: Eugene Harris (High Point) and Amir Johnson (Radford).