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Josh Williams, Akron
Fr., G, Akron, Ohio (St. Vincent-St. Mary)
Williams only missed two shots in a career-scoring week while guiding the Akron Zips (19-4, 8-2 MAC) to a pair of Mid-American Conference wins. The Akron, Ohio native started the week by leading the Zips to an 80-68 road win over Ohio. Williams poured in a career-best 20 points on 7-of-8 shooting from the field, including a 4-of-5 performance from downtown. He was a perfect 2-of-2 from the charity stripe while swiping a career-best three steals. He logged 19 minutes of playing time and grabbed three rebounds. Three days later, the St. Vincent-St. Mary standout topped that performance. In 24 minutes played, Williams led Akron to a 92-87 triumph over Central Michigan at James A Rhodes Arena. He registered a career-high 22 points on 6-of-7 shooting with all the attempts coming from beyond the 3-point arc. Williams buried career-best six triples and pulled down five rebounds while making another unblemished appearance at the free throw line (4-of-4). For the week, Williams averaged 21 points per game while shooting a sizzling 86.7 percent from the field (13-of-15), including an 83.3 percent effort from long distance (10-of-12). He was a perfect 6-of-6 from the free throw line and averaged 4.0 rebounds per game with eight total boards. Williams collected three steals and two assists.
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Nathan Boothe, Toledo
Sr., C, Gurnee, Ill. (Warren Township)
Boothe helped the Rockets to victories over Western Michigan and Kent State last week with a team-high 21.0 points and 11.0 rebounds per game. He also dished out 4.0 assists per game and shot 52.0 percent (13-of-25) from the field, 57.1 percent (4-of-7) from three-point range and 92.3 (12-of-13) percent from the free-throw line. Boothe tallied 16 points, 10 boards, four assists and two blocked shots while playing just 25 minutes in UT's 89-62 home win over Western Michigan. He then notched his fifth straight double-double with 26 points, 12 rebounds and four assists in 31 minutes in the Rockets' 82-67 triumph at Kent State. Boothe played a part in UT's season-high 58.7 field-goal percentage, including a red-hot 63.2 percent (12-of-19) from three-point range. Boothe leads the MAC in scoring this season with 19.5 ppg and is second in double-doubles (11), third in rebounding (9.3 rpg), eighth with 3.7 apg and ninth with a 1.7 ASST/TO ratio (84 asst/51 TOs).