DENVER – San Jose State’s Adrian Oliver has been named the Verizon Wireless Western Athletic Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Week for the week of Jan. 18-24. The honor marks the second career WAC Player of the Week award for Oliver.
Oliver, a junior guard from Modesto, Calif. (Washington), led San Jose State to a 2-0 record last week with home wins over Louisiana Tech (87-76) and New Mexico State (93-84). With the two wins, SJSU improves to 4-3 in WAC play for the first time since 1999.
Against Louisiana Tech, Oliver scored a career-high 39 points with five assists, four rebounds, two blocks and two steals. Oliver connected on 12-of-19 shots from the field against the Bulldogs, including a 3-of-5 clip from long range and a 12-of-12 mark from the free throw line. Oliver then tallied 22 points with five assists, three rebounds and a pair of steals in the victory over NM State. The performance marked his fourth-straight 20-plus point game as San Jose State registered its highest point total against a Division I opponent since 1996.
On the week, Oliver averaged 30.5 points, 5.0 assists, 3.0 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game. He shot 54.3 percent (19-of-35) from the field, 44.4 percent (4-of-9) from three-point range and was 19-of-20 from the free throw line.
Other nominees included: Fresno State freshman center Greg Smith … Idaho senior guard Kashif Watson … Louisiana Tech senior forward Magnum Rolle … Nevada sophomore forward Luke Babbitt … New Mexico State junior guard Jahmar Young … Utah State senior guard Jared Quayle.