Eastern Kentucky swept the Ohio Valley Conference weekly awards this week.
Here's a release from the conference:
adidas® OVC Players of the Week
JaVontae Hawkins, W • R-Jr., 6-5, 211 • Flint, Michigan • Eastern Kentucky
Hawkins averaged 30.0 points and 6.5 rebounds/game while hitting 63.6 percent (21-of-33) from the field, 69.2 percent (9-of-13) from 3-point range and was a perfect 9-of-9 from the free throw line in leading Eastern Kentucky to road victories over Tennessee State and Belmont to snap a three-game losing streak. The victory over Belmont on Saturday was the first by an OVC team at the Curb Event Center since the Bruins joined the League four years ago (they had previously been 29-0 in home OVC games). In that game the transfer from South Florida hit 3-of-5 3-pointers on his way to 24 points while also adding seven rebounds and two assists in 29 minutes. He began the week by scoring a career-high 36 points in 29 minutes of action in a 97-81 win at Tennessee State (who had lost just one home game this season prior to that loss). Hawkins hit 6-of-8 3-pointers (including making 5-straight at one point) while also adding six rebounds, two blocks and a steal. Hawkins currently ranks fifth in the OVC in scoring (17.4 points/game) and 11th in field goal percentage (50.9%).
Others Nominated: Chris Horton, Austin Peay; Craig Bradshaw, Belmont; Trae Anderson, Eastern Illinois; Jeremy Watson, Jacksonville State; DeJuan Marrero, Morehead State; Jeffery Moss, Murray State; Antonius Cleveland, Southeast Missouri; Tahjere McCall, Tennessee State; Twymond Howard, UT Martin.
Jarelle Reischel, W • Sr., 6-7, 210 • Frankfurt, Germany • Eastern Kentucky
Reischel averaged 15.5 points, 3.5 steals, 3.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists/game while hitting 45 percent (9-of-20) from the field and 75 percent (12-of-16) from the free throw line as Eastern Kentucky went on the road and topped Tennessee State and Belmont to snap a three-game overall losing streak. The victory over Belmont was the first by an OVC team at the Curb Event Center since the Bruins joined the league four years ago. The graduate transfer from Rhode Island scored 20 points and added four rebounds, three assists and two steals in the 88-78 victory over Belmont. To open the week he had 11 points, five steals, three assists and two rebounds in a 97-81 win over Tennessee State. Reischel currently ranks first in the OVC in scoring (19.0 points/game), second in steals (1.8/game), seventh in rebounding (7.0/game), ninth in assists (3.3/game), 11th in free throw percentage (78.8%) and 12th in field goal percentage (50.9%).
Others Nominated: Demetrius McReynolds, Eastern Illinois; DeJuan Marrero, Morehead State; Tahjere McCall, Tennessee State; Kedar Edwards, UT Martin.
Nick Mayo, F • Fr., 6-9, 220 • Oakland, Maine • Eastern Kentucky
For the fifth-straight week and ninth time this season Mayo earned OVC Freshman of the Week honors after averaging 14.5 points, 9.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.5 blocks/game while hitting 65 percent (13-of-20) from the field and 66.7 percent (2-of-3) from 3-point range as Eastern Kentucky won a pair of road games including handing league-leader Belmont its first-ever home loss in OVC play since joining the league four years ago. He opened the week with 21 points and 10 rebounds (his third double-double of the year) in a victory over Tennessee State; in that game he connected on 9-of-12 field goals (2-of-2 3-pointers) while also dishing out an assist. In the victory over Belmont Mayo added eight points, nine rebounds, four assists, three blocks and a steal as EKU won 88-78. Mayo currently ranks fourth in the OVC in field goal percentage (61.4%), sixth in blocked shots (1.1/game) and ninth in scoring (14.7 points/game) in all games. In OVC-only games he is fourth in field goal percentage (63.4%) and blocks (1.5/game) and fifth in scoring (17.8 points/game). Mayo needs two more Freshman of the Week honors to tie the all-time OVC record currently held by former EKU player Matt Witt (2002-03).
Others Nominated: Zach Glotta, Austin Peay; Jared Hamilton, Jacksonville State; Eric McGill, Southeast Missouri; Armani Chaney, Tennessee State.
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