CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Radford junior guard Kenny Thomas (Richmond, Va.) and Charleston Southern forward Omar Carter (Charlotte, N.C.) have been selected as the Big South Conference Choice Hotels Men’s Basketball Player of the Week and New Balance Freshman of the Week, respectively, for games played from Dec. 3-9, it was announced today by the League office.
Thomas had the best week of his career last week as he averaged 23.5 points and 5.5 rebounds in leading the Highlanders to two wins. He took the reigns and led Radford to a double-overtime win at Gardner-Webb with a career-high 24 points, including 11 of the Highlanders’ 14 points in the second overtime period. He also had four assists and seven rebounds in the game, and was 12-of-15 ( =.800 percent) from the free throw line. In Saturday’s home win over Campbell, Thomas netted 23 points on 8-of-14 field goals, including 5-of-8 from three-point range (tying a career-high for three-pointers). He scored 11-straight points for the Highlanders to spur a 13-4 RU run that gave Radford the lead for good. For the week, Thomas was 13-of-26 from the field ( =.500), 7-of-14 from the arc ( =.500), 14-of-18 from the line ( =.778) and averaged 2.5 assists and 1.5 steals.
Carter registered the third double-double of his young CSU career last Monday against Mercer, posting 21 points and 10 rebounds in CSU’s one-point loss to the Bears. He scored 14 points in the second half while missing one field goal attempt, and hit two key three-pointers down the stretch to give CSU a late lead. Carter finished the night 8-of-14 from the floor ( =.571), 4-of-7 from long range ( =.571) and added two assists and two steals.
Other Player of the Week Nominees: Omar Carter (Charleston Southern), Arizona Reid (High Point), Alex McLean (Liberty), Reggie Williams (VMI) and Michael Jenkins (Winthrop).
Other Freshman of the Week Nominees: Earnest Bridges (High Point).