Wednesday, January 20, 2016

NKU's Drew McDonald Named Horizon League Freshman of the Week for 2nd Time

Northern Kentucky's Drew McDonald was named Horizon League Freshman of the Week for the second time this season on Monday. 

Here's a release from the league:

INDIANAPOLIS -- Valparaiso senior center Vashil Fernandez (Kingston, Jamaica/ Princeton Day [Md.] Academy) has been named the Horizon League Men’s Basketball Player of the Week, while Northern Kentucky freshman forward Drew McDonald (Cold Spring, Ky./Newport Central Catholic) has been named the Horizon League Freshman of the Week.

The defending Horizon League Defensive Player of the Year was exceptionally efficient on the offensive end of the floor last week to garner his first career Horizon League Player of the Week honor.

Fernandez opened the week with a 14-point, nine-rebound effort in the Crusaders’ 68-56 win over Milwaukee. The senior center connected on 6-of-7 field goal attempts in the victory. He added two blocked shots in the win as he anchored the Valpo defense that held Milwaukee to a season-low 56 points.

On Saturday, Fernandez again was 6-of-7 from the field as he recorded a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds in Valpo’s 85-70 win over Green Bay. He added five blocks in the victory and Valpo held Green Bay to a season-low tying 32.4 percent field goal percentage.

For the week, Fernandez averaged a double-double at 13.5 points and 10.0 rebounds per game. He shot an HL-best 85.7 percent from the field (12-of-14) and his seven offensive rebounds were the most of any player in the HL last week.

Valparaiso (15-3, 5-0) hits the hardwood three times this week with all three contests on the road. The Crusaders play at Youngstown State Monday night before heading to Wright State on Friday and Northern Kentucky on Sunday.

McDonald captured his second Freshman of the Week honor in three weeks after helping lead Northern Kentucky to its first Horizon League win on Thursday. McDonald scored 16 points on 8-of-13 shooting in just 17 minutes in NKU’s 84-64 win over Youngstown State on Thursday. He added five rebounds and a steal and blocked shot in the victory. For the week, McDonald averaged 11.0 points and 4.0 rebounds in two games.

Northern Kentucky is back in action on Tuesday night when it plays at Oakland. The Norse return home on Friday night to face UIC before closing the weekend on Sunday with a visit from Valparaiso.

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