MAC Men's Basketball East Division
Player of the Week
Kwan Cheatham, Jr., Akron, Forward
Sophomore, Cincinnati, Ohio/Winton Woods High School
Cheatham, Jr., led the Zips to a 2-0 record last week as Akron won its two contests by an average margin of 22.5 ppg. In Akron's 81-60 win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Cheatham recorded his first-career double-double, posting career highs for points (17), rebounds (11) and tying his career-high for assists (4). He added two blocked shots in the contest. Against Western Illinois, Cheatham hit a career-high five 3-pointers en route to a 15-point performance. He added five boards, two blocked shots and an assist on the night. For the week, he averaged 16.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.0 blocked shots per game while shooting 52.2 percent from the field (12-of-23) and 54.5 percent from long range (6-of-11).
MAC Men's Basketball West Division
Player of the Week
Julius Brown, Toledo, Guard
Senior, Markham, IL/Hillcrest
Brown led the Rockets with 14.3 ppg in two games last week and was extremely efficient from the field with a 58.8 field-goal percentage (10-of-17) and an impressive 70.0 percent (7-of-10) from three-point range. He also averaged a team-best 6.0 assists per contest and 3.0 rebounds per contest. Brown tallied a team-high 19 points vs. Chicago State by tying his season high with five three-point field goals (in seven attempts) and four rebounds.
Zavier Turner, Ball State, Guard
Sophomore, Indianapolis, Ind./Pike
Turner had a strong all-around week, averaging 17.5 points, 5.0 assists, 4.5 rebounds and 2.0 steals in Ball State's two games. He led the Cardinals with 15 points and six assists in Saturday's victory over in-state rival Indiana State. He notched 14 of his points and four of his assists in the second half as Ball State overcame an eight-point halftime deficit to snap a three-game losing streak in the series with the Sycamores. Earlier in the week, he led the Cardinals with 20 points to go with six rebounds and four assists at Eastern Illinois.
Jehvon Clarke, Bowling Green, Guard
Senior, Canton, Ohio/Timken
Clarke continued his strong consistent play this season by scoring in double figures in both of the Falcons' non-conference contests last week. Coming off the bench, Clarke averaged 10.5 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.0 steals, on 47.4 percent shooting for the week. In the road contest at Western Kentucky, Clarke had 10 points, four rebounds and two assists in a season-high 32 minutes of action. At home on Saturday against Alabama A&M, the senior guard totaled 11 points, two rebounds and two assists, as he shot 57.1 percent from the floor overall, including going 2-of-3 from behind the three-point line in the win. On the season, Clarke is averaging 9.5 points, 2.7 rebounds and 2.0 assists. He is shooting 41.2 percent from the field overall and 88.9 percent from the charity stripe on the season.
Shannon Evans, Buffalo, Guard
Sophomore, Suffolk, VA/Nansemond River
The Bulls capped off a six-game road trip this past week with a pair of games and UB was led by sophomore Shannon Evans, who averaged 17.5 points and 5.5 assists in the two games. On Wednesday at St. Bonaventure, Evans led all scorers with 21 points, scoring 18 of them in the second half. Evans also added six assists in the game. On Sunday, Evans finished with 14 points, going a perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line. He had a complete game, adding three rebounds, five assists and tying his career high with four steals. Evans is second on the team in scoring at 15.1 points per game and leads the Bulls with 31 assists.
Braylon Rayson, Central Michigan, Guard
Sophomore, Dallas, Texas/Mesquite HS
Rayson had a standout week, averaging 18 points, 3 assists, 2.5 steals and 2.5 rebounds per game, helping CMU to a 1-1 record. On the road at Bradley on Tuesday night, Rayson led CMU from the field making six shots en route to scoring 17 to go along with 3 steals, 3 rebounds, and 2 steals. In the Chippewas' 94-61 rout of SIU Edwardsville on Saturday, Rayson scored a team-high 19 points, making 6-of-8 shots (75%), in just 21 minutes of play. He was a key part of the team's program-breaking and MAC record-tying performance from beyond the arc, sinking 4 (on 4 attempts) of CMU's 20 3-pointers. He also added 4 assists, 2 rebounds and 2 steals. Through seven games, Rayson is third on the team in scoring (11.2 ppg) and ranks first in the MAC and 9th nationally in free throw percentage (.952), making 20 of his 21 attempts.
Raven Lee, Eastern Michigan, Guard
Redshirt-Sophomore, Detroit, Mich./Romulus
Lee led the Eagles to a split this week as the Green and White took home an 83-52 victory over Marygrove, Dec. 1, before dropping a 73-64 contest at Dayton, Dec. 6. Lee posted eight points on four-of-six shooting in the win versus Marygrove. In addition to his efficient shooting, the redshirt-sophomore picked the Mustangs pocket a career-high five times. Lee brought a powerhouse effort against Dayton, leading the Green and White in scoring with 26 points and a pair of assists. Overall on the week, Lee averaged 17 points and two assists per game, while knocking down 50.0 percent of his field goal attempts. On the defensive side of the ball, Lee posted three steals a game.
Derek Jackson, Kent State, Guard
Jackson set the tone on both ends of the floor in Kent State's 58-46 road victory over Kennesaw State on Saturday. Making his first start at point guard in a Golden Flashes uniform, Jackson handed out a career-high 11 assists to go with 7 points, 7 rebounds and 2 steals. Jackson held Kennesaw State leading scorer Yonel Brown without a field goal, as he committed 4 turnovers and scored 3 points on 0-for-8 shooting from the floor. As a result of taking away the Owls' top offensive weapon, the Flashes were able to hold them to just 32.6 percent shooting and just 5 field goals after halftime. Kennesaw State's 46 points are the lowest total Kent State has allowed vs. a Division I opponent since holding Eastern Michigan to 46 on January 27, 2009.
Eric Washington, Miami, Guard
Junior, Columbia, SC/Keenan
Washington averaged 18.0 ppg and 6.0 apg for the RedHawks in a pair of games last week. Washington poured in a career-high 24 points at IPFW, shooting 71.4 percent from the field and 92.9 percent from the free-throw line, sinking 13-of-14 charity tosses. Against Dayton, Washington handed out eight assists, tying his season-high mark. For the week, Washington shot 64.3 percent from the field and 88.9 percent from the free-throw line.
Antonio Campbell, Ohio, F
So., Cincinnati, Ohio/Holy Cross
Campbell (Cincinnati, Ohio) posted his first career double-double in the Ohio men's basketball team's (2-3) 80-70 loss to St. Bonaventure (6-1) last Saturday (Dec. 6) at the Convocation Center, piling up a season-high 14 points and a career-high 14 rebounds in 27 minutes of work off of the bench. He shot a career-best 7-of-11 (.636) from the field. Campbell is averaging 10.4 points, 7.6 rebounds and 0.8 blocks per game through five games in 2014-15.
Tucker Haymond, Western Michigan, G/F
Sophomore, Seattle, Wash. / Garfield
Haymond was the top player for the Broncos in their road loss to Northeastern on Saturday, as WMU fell 81-69 to the Huskies at Matthews Arena. Haymond recorded 17 points, just one shy of Austin Richie's team-high 18 points, and pulled in a team-high seven rebounds in the team's loss to the Huskies. Haymond shot 5 of 10 from the field, including a 5 of 8 mark form three-point range, and also played 31 minutes of action against Northeastern.