DENVER – UT Rio Grande Valley sophomore guard Javon Levi has been named Western Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week for the week of Jan. 28-Feb. 3. This is his first-ever WAC Player of the Week honor.
The Killeen, Texas native averaged 12.0 assists, 8.5 points, 6.0 rebounds and 4.5 steals per game last week as the Vaqueros went 2-0. Levi narrowly missed a triple-double last Thursday against Chicago State with a career-high 12 assists to go along with nine points and season-high-tying eight rebounds. He also added a game-high four steals. Levi followed it up with 12 assists, eight points, a game-high five steals and four rebounds vs. Kansas City. The back-to-back games with 10 or more assists against Division I opponents hadn't been accomplished in the WAC since 2015. The 12 assists in both games is also the highest single-game total in the WAC this season. Levi, who leads the WAC in assists (5.6), steals (2.7) and assist-turnover ratio (2.9), is one of just two players in the NCAA averaging at least 5.0 assists, 2.5 steals and less than 2.0 turnovers per game
Other nominees included: California Baptist's Milan Acquaah averaged 18.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 2.5 steals over two games last week ... Jarkel Joiner of CSU Bakersfield averaged 19.0 points, 2.5 steals, 2.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists over two games last week ... Grand Canyon's Carlos Johnson finished with 20 points to along with four rebounds and two assists in a win at CSU Bakersfield ... Rob Whitfield of Kansas City averaged 9.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists on the week ... NM State's Terrell Brown averaged 17.0 points, 1.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists ... Baylee Steele of Utah Valley finished with 16 points and 12 rebounds in a win over California Baptist.