Reggie McAdams, Akron, Wing
Junior, Elida, Ohio/Elida High School
McAdams helped the Zips to a 2-0 record last week, averaging 15.5 points and 4.5 rebounds per game while shooting 76.9 percent from the field (10-of-13) and 83.3 percent from the free throw line (5-of-6). In Wednesday's win vs. Bowling Green, McAdams played just 14 points, recording three rebounds. In Saturday's win over Central Michigan, McAdams torched the Chippewas for a career-high 31 points. He went 10-of-13 from the field (.769) and 6-of-9 from behind the arc (.667). His 31 points were the most by a Zips' player since Romeo Travis scored 37 vs. Bowling Green on February 24, 2007. McAdams helped the Zips to a 39-24 halftime lead, scoring the final 11 points of the half for Akron for 18 total points.
Zavier Turner, Ball State, Guard
Sophomore, Indianapolis, Ind./Pike
Turner averaged 17.5 points per game last week to lead Ball State offensively. Turner started the week by scoring 21 points for the second straight game in a double-overtime contest at Western Michigan. He hit a career-high five 3-pointers, including one as part of a five-point possession at the end of regulation that helped send the game to overtime. Turner then scored 14 points Saturday at Bowling Green. He shot 54.2 percent from the floor and 50 percent from 3-point range for the week.
Zack Denny, Bowling Green, Guard
Sophomore, Germantown, Ohio (Valley View)
Denny led the Falcons with 12.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and 3.0 steals per game last week, all while shooting a team-high 47.1 percent from the floor overall and 36.4 percent from behind the three-point line. In a road loss at Akron, Denny had eight points, five rebounds, four steals and a block. He followed that performance up with 17 points and career-high 10 rebounds for his first career double-double in a home win over Ball State. On the season, Denny leads the team in steals and free throw percentage, and ranks second on the team in scoring, rebounding and field goal percentage. He has scored in double figures in eight different contests for the Falcons on the year.
Chris Fowler, Central Michigan, Guard
Junior, Southfield, Mich. (Detroit Country Day)
Fowler had two standout performances in Central Michigan's second week of MAC play, including directing an 105-point offensive outpouring and setting a major career milestone. For the week, Fowler averaged 21 points, 7 assists and 2 steals. Versus Miami on Wednesday, he fronted an offense that scored 62 points in the first half, including shooting 86% from beyond the arc, knocked down 19 total 3-pointers and finished shooting 70% from the field in a 105-77 rout. Fowler contributed 16 points, 9 assists and 2 steals in CMU's second conference win. On the road at Akron on Saturday, Fowler nearly single-handedly willed CMU back from as large as a 16-point deficit to get the Chippewas within one point of the Zips with under a minute to play. Fowler scored a team-high 26 points, equaling his season best and just one shy of his career high, to become the 29th Chippewa in program history to reach the 1,000 point mark. Fowler, who has started all 15 games this season and all 77 of his career, leads the nation's second-ranked offense in scoring, averaging 14.3 points per game, and ranks first in the MAC and 12th in the NCAA in assists (6.3 apg).
Raven Lee, Eastern Michigan, Guard
Redshirt-Sophomore, Detroit, Mich./Romulus
Lee led the Eagles to a 1-1 split record last week, including a 54-48 victory over Mid-American Conference foe Northern Illinois Saturday afternoon, Jan. 17. Overall, Lee averaged 14 points, two steals and 1.5 rebounds per game. Lee's best game came against Northern Illinois. The Detroit, Mich. native totaled 24 points, connecting on 58.3 percent of his shot opportunities, while knocking down a stunning 7-of-8 free throws attempts. In addition, the six-foot and three-inch combo guard swiped the ball from the Huskies on three separate occasions, helping the Eagles to their first MAC win of the year.
Derek Jackson, Kent State, Guard
Cleveland, Ohio (Benedictine)
Jackson averaged a team-best 18.0 points per game and shut down two of the Mid-American Conference's premier guards in leading Kent State to back-to-back wins by Kent State this past week. Eastern Michigan's Raven Lee and Ohio's Javarez Willis entered the week among the top six scorers in the conference and combined to score just 7 points on 3-for-19 shooting (15.8 percent). Lee, who was 15th in the MAC in field goal percentage (49.4 percent), shot just 2-for-12 (16.7 percent). Willis, who was 3rd in the MAC in three-point field goals per game (2.73), made just one and was held to only four attempts in 30 minutes. Jackson scored 14 points and was 4-for-5 from beyond the three-point arc against one of the nation's top teams in defending three-point attempts in a win over Eastern Michigan. Trailing by 10 after 20 minutes of play, Jackson got the comeback started by jumping a passing lane and gliding in for a layup and then pushing the ball down the floor after grabbing a rebound and finding teammate Kris Brewer for another fast break basket on the first two possessions of the half. Leading by one with under a minute to play, Jackson made a clutch three-pointer as the shot clock expired and followed by jumping a dribble-handoff to draw an offensive foul to all but seal the victory. He added a season-high 18 points to go with four assists against Ohio on Saturday. With Jackson as the catalyst, the Kent State defense held Ohio to only 40 points and 27.9 percent shooting (12-for-43) over the first 35 minutes of the game as the Flashes opened up a 21-point lead. Over the two games, Jackson shot 62.5 percent from the floor and 63.6 percent from the three-point line, as the Flashes held their opponents to 36.4 percent shooting and 28.0 percent from the three-point arc.
Julius Brown, Toledo, Guard
Senior, Markham, IL (Hillcrest)
Brown averaged 23.5 ppg and 5.0 apg in the Rockets' two games last week. Brown poured in a career-high 31 points and dished out five assists in UT's 81-78 (OT) defeat to Western Michigan. Brown sent the game to overtime with a baseline jumper with seven seconds left in regulation.