Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Can We Go Ahead and Name Nick Mayo OVC Freshman of the Year?

Eastern Kentucky's Nick Mayo was named OVC Freshman of the Week for the fourth consecutive week and eighth time overall on Monday.

Mayo averaged 20.5 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game last week.

My question: can we just go ahead and name Mayo OVC Freshman of the Year?

adidas® OVC Players of the Week


Torrance Rowe, G • Sr., 6-1, 175 • Atlanta, Ga. • Tennessee Tech

Rowe led his team to a perfect 2-0 week including handing Belmont its first Conference loss of the season by averaging 22.5 points, 3.5 assists, 3.0 rebounds and 1.0 assists/game and hitting 43.8 percent (14-of-32) from the field and 78.6 percent (11-of-14) from the free throw line. The senior has helped the Golden Eagles to a 16-7 start which is the best for the program since the 2001-02 season. Against Tennessee State to open the week he scored 19 points and dished out four assists while also hitting a pair of free throw with 0.5 seconds left on the clock to give his team the 81-79 victory. Against Belmont Rowe hit 4-of-9 3-pointers on the way to a game-high 26 points in the 89-79 win over Belmont. In that contest the senior had four rebounds, three assists and an assist. Rowe currently ranks second in the OVC in free throw percentage (87.3%), third in 3-pointers made (2.5/game) and minutes played (34.6/game), fourth in scoring (17.7 points/game) and assists (4.7/game) and sixth in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.8). In OVC-only games this season Rowe is second in the league in scoring (19.1/game).


Ryan Martin, F • Sr., 6-9, 225 • London, England • Tennessee Tech

Hakeem Rogers, G • Jr., 6-1, 175 • Elizabeth, N.J. • Tennessee Tech

The Tennessee Tech duo combined to average 39.0 points, 14.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.0 steals/game and hit 52.3 percent from the field as the Golden Eagles topped Tennessee State and Belmont (handing the Bruins its first OVC loss of the season) to improve to 16-7 overall and 8-2 in league play. Martin averaged 17.5 points and 13.5 rebounds/game in recording his sixth and seventh double-doubles of the season; the transfer from South Plains College had 17 points and 14 rebounds against Tennessee State and 18 points and 13 rebounds against Belmont. Coming off the bench Rogers averaged 21.5 points and 2.0 steals/game while knocking down six 3-pointers in the two victories; the transfer from Casper College had a season-high 23 points on 7-of-11 shooting against TSU and 20 points on 7-of-12 shooting against Belmont (where he also had a season-high three steals).


Nick Mayo, F • Fr., 6-9, 220 • Oakland, Maine • Eastern Kentucky

For the fourth-straight week and eighth time this season Mayo earned OVC Freshman of the Week honors after averaging 20.5 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.5 blocks/game and hitting 66.7 percent (16-of-24) from the field while also going a perfect 8-of-8 from the free throw line. He started the week with a game-high 22 points on 10-of-16 shooting in a loss to Murray State. Three days later Mayo had his second double-double of the season with 19 points and 10 rebounds while also adding a season-best five blocks; in that contest he hit 6-of-8 field goals and was 7-of-7 at the free throw line. Mayo is the top freshman scorer in the OVC (14.7 points/game) and also ranks third in the league in field goal percentage (61.0%). In OVC-only games he is fifth in the OVC in scoring (18.6 points/game). Mayo needs three more Freshman of the Week honors to tie the all-time OVC record currently held by former EKU player Matt Witt (2002-03).

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