FRISCO, Texas -- After being named to two all-tournament teams over the holiday period, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi's Chris Daniels has been voted the Aeropostale Player of the Week in Southland Conference men's basketball. Following is a look at his performances for the Islander's six games.
SLC MEN'S BASKETBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK
CHRIS DANIELS, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Sr., 7-0, C, San Antonio, Texas -- Daniels averaged 14.5 points and 7.7 rebounds over a six-game period, leading the Islanders to a 4-2 record with wins over South Florida, Norfolk State, Howard and Brown. He was named to the All-Tournament team at the Duel in the Desert Tournament in Las Vegas, Nev., and at the Flint Hills Resources Islander Classic. Daniels blocked 16 shots, tying the school-record for blocks in a career with 86. He was 38-of-68 (.559) from the field and 10-of-12 (.833) from the line.
HONORABLE MENTION SELECTIONS
Josh Alexander, SFA, So., F, Shreveport, La. -- Alexander scored 24 points and pulled down 10 rebounds to record his fifth career double-double in SFA's 89-63 win over Howard Payne. He was a perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line, leading the Lumberjacks to a school record-tying 20-of-20 showing at the foul stripe.
James Barrett, SHSU, Jr., F, Brooklyn, N.Y. -- Barrett scored 48 points (16.0 per game) and had 12 rebounds (4.0), hitting 17-of-29 (.586) from the field in three games. In the victory over Wisconsin-Milwaukee, his first SHSU start, he scored a career high 27 points. Barrett led SHSU with 12 points in a strong performance against No. 1 UCLA.
Stefan Blaszczynski, NICH, Sr., G/F -- The Colonels closed out 2006 with a strong showing at Louisiana-Monroe, in which Blaszczynski scored his fourth double-double of the season with 21 points and 11 rebounds. Nineteen of his 21 points came in the second half to help the Colonels overcome a 17-point deficit to get back within striking range, but Nicholls lost by four. Blaszczynski's 21 points cemented him in the Colonels record books with 1,005 points for his career, making him only the 20th player in Nicholls history to accomplish such a feat. He is now 20th on the all-time scoring list, and with his average of 20.3, he could break the top 10.