DENVER – Utah Valley senior guard TJ Washington has been named Western Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week for the week of Nov. 18-24. This is his first-ever WAC Player of the Week honor.
The Tulsa, Okla. native averaged 19.3 points, 5.7 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game last week. He opened the week with a then career-high 22 points as he led Utah Valley's comeback from 16 points down at No. 9 Kentucky to cut the lead to just one point, 67-68, with 3:26 to go before eventually falling 74-68. Washington also added five rebounds and five assists against the Wildcats. He then scored 10 points with three rebounds and two assists in a loss to Lamar last Thursday. Washington capped the week by scoring a career-high 26 points in a 68-62 road win at North Dakota State in the Summit League/WAC Challenge. He also grabbed a career-high nine rebounds in the victory.
Other nominees included: California Baptist's De'jon Davis averaged 17.0 points, 9.0 rebounds and 3.0 blocks per game as the Lancers went 1-1 on the week ... Justin McCall of CSU Bakersfield averaged 10.0 points on 67 percent shooting and 2.7 rebounds per game last week ... Chicago State's Jace Colley averaged 16.5 points, 11.5 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game ... Carlos Johnson of Grand Canyon averaged 20.0 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.7 steals per game on the week ... Kansas City's Rob Whitfield averaged 13.3 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.8 steals as the Roos went 3-1 on the week.