ATLANTA - The SAA announced the men's basketball Player of the Week for games played February 6 - 12 and Oglethorpe's Justin Edwards earned the award after propelling the Stormy Petrels to consecutive conference victories over the weekend.
SAA Men's Basketball Player of the Week - Justin Edwards of Oglethorpe
Oglethorpe junior guard Justin Edwards (pictured at right) might have had his best week of the season so far, helping the Stormy Petrels to a pair of home wins over Birmingham-Southern and Millsaps. He averaged 22.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game over the course of the weekend, shooting 58 percent from the field in the process. His best game of the two came in Sunday's 90-72 victory over Millsaps, in which he scored 27 points on 8-of-14 from the field and 11-of-15 from the free throw line while grabbing 9 rebounds and passing out 4 assists. For the season, Edwards is tied for fourth in the league is scoring at 15.4 per game, and tied for fifth in the league in assists with 3.8 per contest.
Other notable performances from around the league:
Coleman Ellingsworth broke the Berry College blocked shots record (Berry's NCAA DIII era), as he led the Berry College men's basketball team to their first 2-0 week since November. Ellingsworth scored 10 points in the Vikings' 63-50 win over Millsaps College on Friday night. He was 4-for-8 from the field, as well as 2-for-3 from the free throw line. Ellingsworth also grabbed four rebounds, had one steal and passed one assist. He finished the night with a game-high three blocks as well, one more than the entire Majors' team combined. On Sunday, Ellingsworth scored 13 points in Berry's 72-71 victory over Birmingham-Southern College. He was 4-for-8 in the paint, as well as 5-for-6 from the free throw line in the contest. He also grabbed nine rebounds in the victory, passed one assist and added one steal. Ellingsworth finished the night with six blocks, a new Berry record, as well as only one less block than every other player in the game combined. On the week, Ellingsworth shot 50-percent, averaging 6.5 rebounds per game, while adding nine blocks and three steals in the victories. On the season, he currently ranks fourth in the SAA in blocks, averaging 1.2 per game.
James McLean of BSC averaged 16.5 points per game this week. He shot 58 percent from the floor, 50 percent from three-point range, and 70 percent from the free throw line. He led with a team-high 33 points and finished with seven rebounds, four assists, and a steal.
Freshman guard Jacob Link averaged 5.0 points, 6.5 rebounds, 7.0 assists and 2.0 steals per game as the Warriors split over the weekend. In Friday's 82-70 loss to Sewanee, Link had two points, four rebounds, a steal and nine assists. He recorded eight points, nine boards, five assists and three steals in Sunday's 67-55 win over Centre. For the week, Link shot 66.7 percent (4-for-6) from the field and was 2-for-2 from three-point range.
Junior Ian Harrison shot 89% from the field and averaged 12.5 points per game including a perfect 9-of-9 from the free throw line to lead Rhodes to a 2-0 weekend while clinching a share of the SAA Championship and the No. 1 seed at the SAA Basketball Tournament which will be held in Memphis. Harrison scored 10 points in the blowout win over Centre and followed that up with a team-leading 15 points in the championship clinching game over Sewanee. He also added three blocks and two steals to that contest.
The SAA sports information directors contributed to this report