Choice Hotels/NEC Player of the Week
Victor Akinyanju, Quinnipiac
Sr., C, 6-7, 245 lbs., Ardmore, MD/Eleanor Roosevelt (Cecil CC)
Akinyanju has been a force in the middle as of late for Quinnipiac, which has won three games in a row, including a pair of victories last week. The 6’7” center averaged a double-double with 12.0 points, 12.0 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per contest, while shooting at a 50.0 percent clip from the floor. In an 80-72 win at Wagner on Thursday, Akinyanju scored a season-high 16 points and snared a career-best 17 rebounds in his second double-double performance of the season. The 17 boards also matched the most by an NEC player in 2006-07. He sank 6-11 shots from the field, 4-6 from the line and rejected two shots. On Saturday, Akinyanju tallied eight points, seven boards and a pair of steals as the Bobcats rolled to a 71-51 win over visiting Monmouth. Over his last four outings, the Ardmore, MD native has averaged 10.3 ppg, 9.0 rpg and 2.3 bpg. He currently ranks fourth in the NEC in blocks (1.1 bpg) and stands seventh in rebounding (6.9 rpg) and field goal percentage (.535).
Choice Hotels/NEC Rookie of the Week
Jeremy Goode, Mount St. Mary’s
Fr., G, 5-9, 170 lbs., Charlotte, NC/Providence Day
With the Mount off to a 4-2 start in league play, it is the freshman Goode who has served as one of the catalysts. In helping Mount St. Mary’s to a 2-1 record last week, he averaged 16.7 points, 2.0 rebounds, 6.7 assists and 2.3 steals to earn his second Choice Hotels/NEC Rookie of the Week award of the season. Goode also shot 50.0 percent from the floor - including 5-10 from three-point range - and 78.6 percent from the line. He began his week on Monday by tallying 19 points and a career-high nine assists in a 91-80 win over Sacred Heart. Goode followed with 11 points, eight assists and five steals as the Mount cruised to a 72-54 win over St. Francis (NY) on Thursday. Two days later, the Charlotte, NC product notched a career-high 20 points (7-11 FG, 3-5 3PFG) and dished for three assists in a 71-63 setback to Central Connecticut State. For the season, Goode is averaging 10.5 ppg and ranks third in the conference in both assists (5.0 apg) and steals (1.8 spg). His 85 assists are already the sixth-most in a single-season by a Mount freshman.