Non-BCS Player of the Week
Matt Bouldin – Gonzaga
2 Games: 20 ppg, 3 rpg, 5.5 apg, 53.3% FG
After suffering through a tough three game skid, Gonzaga got back on track with an overtime win over Tennessee and followed that up with a convincing win at home over Portland in their WCC opener. A major part of the success for the Bulldogs in the last week has been junior guard Matt Bouldin who takes home this week’s honors. Bouldin led the way in the Tennessee win netting 26 points on 11-20 shooting in addition to dolling out five assists and grabbing four rebounds. The strong showing was a season high scoring performance for Bouldin who has been somewhat inconsistent with his scoring this year.
Josh Akognon – Cal State Fullerton
2 Games: 27.5 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 45.2% FG, 41% 3P FG
It was a good week for the Titans as they picked up a pair of conference wins thanks to their sweet scoring senior guard. Akognon shot the ball very well in scoring 26 and 29 points respectively in wins over Cal Poly and UC Santa Barbara. Most importantly, he seems to have regained his touch from the perimeter which was lacking during the previous week.
Lester Hudson – Tennessee-Martin
3 Games: 34 ppg, 8 rpg, 4.3 apg, 3.3 spg
It’s been another impressive season for Hudson as far as stats are concerned, but this week was just ridiculous. The senior netted at least 30 points in all three games he played in, but he completely stole the show in a Saturday win over Tennessee State. After recording the first quadruple-double in Division 1 history last season, Hudson almost did it again, recording 30 points, 10 rebounds, 7 assists and 8 steals.
Ahmad Nivins – Saint Joseph’s
Vs. Rhode Island: 28 points, 20 rebounds, 3 blocks, 9-15 FG
The Hawks triple-overtime win over URI was an instant classic and Ahmad Nivins stole the show with his 20 and 20 showing. The A-10’s most dominant big man, and arguably its best player, has been making a habit out of appearing on this list and for playing exceptionally well in big games.