MAC East Division Men’s Basketball Player of the Week
Antino Jackson, Akron, Guard
Junior, Houston, Texas (Cypress Springs)
Jackson (Houston, Texas) earned the Barry Kobren Most Valuable Player Award for leading the Zips to their second tournament title defeating Maryland Eastern Shore, 76-60, to be crowned the 55th Annual WestStar Bank Don Haskins Sun Bowl Champions. Jackson used two stellar performances to lead the Zips at the Sun Bowl Invitational, scoring a career-high 23 points on Wednesday against UC Irvine and followed with 13 points, six assists and four rebounds in the finale. Against UMES, he shot 5-of-12 from the field with three long distance buckets in 32 minutes of work. For the tournament, Jackson logged 59 minutes, averaging 18 points per game on 56.5 percent shooting from the field (13-of-23) that included a 50.0 percent effort from beyond the 3-point arc (6-of-12). He was a perfect 4-of-4 from the free throw line and averaged 4.5 assists (9) and 4.0 rebounds (8) per game.
MAC West Divison Men’s Basketball Player of the Week
Marcus Keene, Central Michigan, Guard
Junior, San Antonio, Texas (Warren)
Keene continued his torrid scoring pace on Wednesday, dropping in a career-high 44 points in Central Michigan's 106-103 road win over Montana State. The point total was the second highest for a single game this season in Division I men's basketball. Keene made 13 baskets and scored 13 from the line to lead the Chippewas to their ninth win of the season. Keene was not just lit up the scoring column in the box score, he also dished out a game-high six assists and tied for the game-high in rebounds with nine. Keene continues to lead the nation in scoring by a wide margin, averaging 31.9 ppg.
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Franko House, Ball State, Forward
Senior, Elkhart, Ind. (Concord)
House led Ball State to two wins last week as the Cardinals closed out a 5-1 home stand. House capped the week with a game-high 15 points Thursday to go along with four rebounds and three assists against Alabama State. He had eight points and seven boards earlier in the week against Longwood. House has helped the Cardinals to four straight wins and an overall record of 8-4 with one non-conference game remaining.
Ray Lee, Eastern Michigan, Guard
R-Senior, Detroit, Mich. (Romulus)
In the Eagles only matchup, Ray Lee led the way with 25 points on 11-of-21 shooting. Additionally, the Detroit, Mich. native knocked down a trio of three-pointers while also picking up three steals and three assists in the 101-48 victory over Marygrove, Dec. 22.
Jimmy Hall, Kent State, Forward
Senior, Brooklyn, N.Y. (St. Anthony [NJ])
In the Golden Flashes' road game against the Pac-12's Oregon State, Jimmy Hall pulled down a career-high 19 rebounds, 14 of which came on offense. Hall's new best rebounding mark led the Flashes to 34 offensive rebounds, the single game high in Division I this year. He scored a team-high 14 points and had three steals for the second-straight game. The senior's 14 points lifted him into 16th place all time at Kent State, just ahead of Antonio Gates. Hall is now averaging 11.3 rebounds and 18.3 points per game, both the top marks for Kent State.
Levi Bradley, Northern Illinois, Forward
Sophomore, Milwaukee, Wis. (Pius XI)
It’s two-game sweep of the State of Florida with a 59-48 victory at South Florida (Dec. 20). Bradley's 13 points were a game-high and his 10 boards were a season-best and included nine defensive rebounds. The double-double was Bradley's first of the season.
Jordan Lauf, Toledo, Guard
Senior, Napoleon, OH (Napoleon)
Lauf registered his first career double-double with 11 points and a career-high 13 rebounds to help Toledo down Loyola (IL), 74-70, last Tuesday. Lauf grabbed four offensive rebounds in the contest, including a pair in the final four minutes which helped the Rockets secure the win. With 3:12 to play, Lauf put UT up 67-60 with a putback layup. With the Rockets lead 69-67 he grabbed an offensive rebound which led to senior guard Jonathan Williams' trey with 42 seconds left for a 72-67 advantage.