Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Kentucky Wesleyan's C.J. Blackwell Named G-MAC Athlete of the Week

Kentucky's Wesleyan's C.J. Blackwell was named Great Midwest Athletic Conference Athlete of the Week on Monday.

Blackwell exploded for 41 points off the bench in a 75-71 win over Ohio Valley last week.

Here is a release from KWC:

Kentucky Wesleyan junior swingman C.J. Blackwell was revealed as the Great Midwest Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Athlete of the Week after helping his team earn a pair of league wins.

Blackwell, a transfer from Loyola Marymount, is the second straight Panther to receive weekly G-MAC honors following a selection by Ken-Jah Bosley in the previous voting period.

The Los Angeles product averaged 30 points per game while Kentucky Wesleyan improved to 6-3 overall and raced out to a 2-0 start in the G-MAC standings.

His shooting percentages against Ohio Valley and Salem International on the road were sterling across the board after sinking just under 72 percent (23-of-32) of his shots from the field and connecting on a staggering 9-of-12 attempts beyond the arc.

Blackwell also averaged five rebounds, two steals and an assist per game for his weekly line.

On Thursday, Blackwell erupted for a career high 41 points coming off the bench where he shot 15-18 from the field, 6-of-7 from long distance and 5-of-7 from the free-throw line.

He also grabbed a team-high six rebounds and recorded four steals. Blackwell scored the game tying three-pointer with 39 seconds left and made two go-ahead, clinching free throws with 11 seconds in the 75-71 victory over Ohio Valley.

Blackwell's 41-point performance tied him for the third-highest single-game scoring outburst since inception of the league in 2012-13.

Against Salem International, Blackwell torched the Tigers for 19 more points on 8-of-14 shooting. He knocked down three more three-point baskets as the Panthers won by a 13-point margin.

In nine games this year, Blackwell is averaging 11.2 points per game while starting in four contests. He is now shooting 50 percent from long range (16-of-32).

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