MAC Men’s Basketball East Division Player of the Week
Jaylin Walker, Kent State, Guard
Sophomore, Detroit, Mich.
Walker led the way in the scoring column, with 24 points on 50 percent shooting. He also pulled down seven rebounds, one shy of his career-high. Walker had several key buckets, and scored his last eight points in the final 2:30 of the game, much of which was played in within a possession. Walker scored two fast break buckets in the final 35 seconds that iced the contest. Defensively, Walker was crucial in holding Texas to 58 points. Walker played 39 of the 40 minutes available. During that time, Walker and the Flashes held Texas to .777 points per possession at home, by far their lowest output of the season. The opposing starting guards combined to shoot 8-for-21 against Kent State's defense.
MAC Men’s Basketball West Division Player of the Week
Jordan Nobles, Eastern Michigan, Forward
Redshirt Sophomore, Canton, Mich. (Canton)
Nobles led the Eastern Michigan offense to a 98-72 win in its only game of the week, Dec. 29, versus Long Beach State University. Nobles put together a career night, notching a career-best 15 points on 5-of-7 shooting, including one long ball, while making all four of his free throw attempts. Additionally, the Canton, Mich. native set a career-high in assists with six, while the 6-foot-9 forward grabbed eight rebounds and blocked three shots.
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Tayler Persons, Ball State, Guard
Sophomore, Kokomo, Ind. (Kokomo HS)
Persons scored 16 points and grabbed seven rebounds to lead Ball State to a road win over two-time defending Atlantic Sun Conference champion North Florida. He scored 13 of his points in the second half to help the Cardinals hold off UNF's comeback attempt in the non-conference finale. Persons went 3-for-5 from beyond the arc to match his career high for 3-pointers made. He helped the Cardinals close out non-conference play at 9-4. Persons leads Ball State at 14.9 points and 5.0 assists per game this season, ranking third in the MAC in assists.
Josh Kozinski, Central Michigan, Guard
Junior, Edwardsburg, Mich. (Edwardsburg)
Kozinski had his best night as a Chippewa in helping Central Michigan to its 10th non conference win, a 90-82 victory over Chicago State. Kozinski totaled a career high 20 points, seven rebounds and three steals, all career highs, to preserve the Chippewas' perfect home record (6-0). He shot .583 from the field (7-12) and tied his career high by knocking down six 3-pointers (6-11, .545). Kozinski, who ranks 4th all-time on the CMU career 3-pointers made and attempted lists, is third in the MAC with 38 triples.
Logan McLane, Miami, Forward
Junior, Winterville, N.C. (Greenfield School)
McLane recorded his first career double-double in the win over Olivet on Thursday in Miami's only game of the week. His 17 points tied a career-high, while his 10 rebounds was a career-high. He also contributed three assists and a steal in 27 minutes of action.
Kenny Kaminski, Ohio, Forward
R-Senior, Medina, Ohio (Medina)
Kaminski (Medina, Ohio) helped lead the Ohio men's basketball team (8-3) to a 77-50 victory over NCAA Division II Urbana last Friday (Dec. 30) at the Convocation Center, leading all players with 18 points after going 6-of-13 from the field -- including 4-of-9 from three. He also added a season-high three assists as well as a rebound and a steal in his 28 minutes on the court.
Jonathan Williams, Toledo, Guard
Senior, Southfield, Mich. (Southfield-Lathrup)
Williams led the Rockets with 20 points in Toledo's 98-58 win over Ohio Christian. Williams also contributed three assists with zero turnovers and shot 8-of-12 from the field.
Thomas Wilder, Western Michigan, Guard
Junior, Montgomery, Ill. (Quakerdale Prep-Iowa)
Wilder scored a game-high 19 points, leading the Broncos to an 80-50 win over visiting Alabama A&M on Dec. 29. Wilder shot 60 percent from the field, including 4-for-5 from 3-point range. The evening upped Wilder's 3-point percentage to .511 which is second best in the MAC. Wilder also added five rebounds, four assists, one steal and a block in the contest, playing just 25 minutes. WMU's 30-point win was its largest margin of victory since Nov. 11, 2014.