Choice Hotels/NEC Player of the Week
Andre Harris, Fairleigh Dickinson
Sr., F, 6-8, 233 lbs., Detroit, MI/Robichaud
Harris, who scored his 1,000th career point on Thursday, picks up the first Choice Hotels/NEC Player of the Week award of his career for his work in leading the Knights to a pair of road victories last week. He averaged 25.0 points, 8.5 rebounds and shot 62.1 percent from the floor and 80.0 percent from the charity stripe. The 6’8” forward also hit 2-2 shots from beyond the arc. In a 91-88 win over Sacred Heart on Tuesday, he was one of five FDU players in double figures with 16 points and seven rebounds as the Knights handed the Pioneers their first home setback of the season. Harris then put on a dominating performance two nights later, scoring 28 of his career and NEC single-game season-high 34 points in the second half to lift FDU to an 84-79 victory over Robert Morris. He scored the first 11 points after intermission and 19 of the first 21 as the Knights won for the third time in their last four road tilts. Harris, who needed 33 points entering the game to reach 1,000, hit 12-18 from the field and snared 10 boards in his eighth double-double effort of the season. The Detroit, MI product has a commanding lead in the race for the NEC scoring crown at 19.0 ppg, and also ranks second on the circuit with 7.7 rpg. Harris is the lone player in the league to score in double-digits in each game this season.
Choice Hotels/NEC Rookie of the Week
Jaytornah Wisseh, Long Island
Fr., G, 6-1, 180 lbs., Brooklyn, NY/Banneker Academy
Wisseh’s first Choice Hotels/NEC Rookie of the Week honor of the season comes after two terrific performances off the bench for the Blackbirds last week. For the week, he averaged 20.0 points, 6.5 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 2.0 steals while shooting 57.9 percent from the field and 84.2 percent from the line. Wisseh began his week on Tuesday with 11 points, a career-high seven rebounds, seven assists and two steals in an 80-77 setback to Wagner. On Friday, the Brooklyn, NY native exploded for a career-best 29 points and added six boards, two assists and two steals as the Blackbirds dropped an 80-72 decision at Sacred Heart. He drilled 7-11 shots from the floor - including 2-3 from long range - and hit 13-16 from the line. The 29-point outing marked the most points by an NEC freshman since St. Francis (NY)’s John Quintana hit for 31 on February 22, 2003. Wisseh has now boosted his season scoring average to 8.3 ppg and leads the Blackbirds with 2.7 apg and 1.2 spg.