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Isaiah Johnson, Akron, Center
Senior, Cincinnati, Ohio (Walnut Hills)
Johnson (Cincinnati, Ohio) had a huge week for the Zips, leading Akron to its 20th and 21st wins for the 12th-straight season. Johnson opened the week in the national spotlight, draining the game-winning jumper at the Buzzer for a 65-63 win over Ball State. He was featured No. 8 on ESPN SportsCenter's Top Plays of the Night. Against Ball State, Johnson scored a team high 20 points on 9-of-16 (.563) shooting from the floor and added a 2-of-4 (.500) effort from the free throw line while grabbing nine rebounds (five off. and four def.). Johnson also had a steal. In a 87-76 win over Eastern Michigan on the road, Johnson was on of five double-digit scorers with a second-best 17 points. He shot 5-of-9 (.556) from the field and added a 7-of-9 (.778) performance from the charity stripe. Big Dog pulled down five rebounds (three off. and two def.) and dished out five assists. For the week, Johnson averaged 18.5 points per game (37) while shooting 56.0 percent from the field (14-of-25) and 69.2 from the free throw line (9-of-13). He grabbed 7.0 rebounds per game (14), while adding 2.5 assists (5) and 0.5 steals (1).
MAC West Division Men’s Basketball Player of the Week
Reggie Jones, Western Michigan, Guard/Forward
Freshman, Marion, Ind. (Marion)
Jones led Western Michigan to a pair of victories last week. The Broncos defeated Miami, 72-55, for WMU's first road of the season and took down Northern Illinois, 76-67, at home Saturday. Jones averaged a team-best 19.5 ppg and also chipped in 5.0 rpg and 2.5 spg over the two games. He shot 57.7 percent from the floor, going 15-for-26. Against Miami, Jones pumped in a career-high 26 points and grabbed six rebounds. He had 13 points at the half and made four 3-pointers. Against Northern Illinois he totaled 13 points and four rebounds.
CJ Massinburg, Buffalo, Guard
Sophomore, Dallas, Tex (South Oak Cliff)
Massinburg led the Bulls to a pair of wins this past week as Buffalo has now won four straight games. Massinburg averaged 17.5 points per game over the week beginning with 17 points on Tuesday night in the win over Northern Illinois, recording 15 in the second half. On Saturday, Massinburg had 18 points in the win at Bowling Green, going 7-of-9 from the field, including a pair of threes.
James Thompson IV, Eastern Michigan, Forward
Sophomore, Baton Rouge, La. (Parkview Baptist)
Thompson IV led the Eagles in a pair of contests last week. In total, the Baton Rouge, La. native put together a solid week, averaging 14 points and 12.5 rebounds per contest. Against Akron, Thompson posted 19 points and 14 rebounds while connecting on 9-of-13 field goal attempts.
Jaylin Walker, Kent State, Guard
Sophomore, Detroit, Mich.
Walker led Kent State this week against Bowling Green and Toledo. Walker posted a team-best 15.5 points per game while shooting 5-for-13 from 3-point range. Overall, Walker shot 47.8 percent (11-for-23) from the floor. Against Bowling Green in an overtime battle, he led the Flashes in scoring with 18 points on 6-for-11 shooting. He had six rebounds and shot 4-for-6 from 3-point range. Saturday against Toledo, he led the Flashes in scoring again with 13 points off the bench. Walker ended the week averaging four rebounds and 1.5 steals per game.
Logan McLane, Miami, Forward
Junior, Winterville, N.C. (Greenfield School)
McLane had a career best performance in Miami's victory over Central Michigan on Saturday. He scored a career-high 29 points and just missed a double-double with eight rebounds. He also had four assists and two steals in 34 minutes of action. McLane finished 11-for-15 from the field in the win. He also contributed seven points, four rebounds and two assists despite foul trouble against Western Michigan on Wednesday.
Jaaron Simmons, Ohio, Guard
R-Jr., Dayton, Ohio (Archbishop Alter)
Simmons (Dayton, Ohio) helped the Ohio men's basketball team (15-8, 7-5 MAC) split a pair of games against Mid-American Conference West Division foes last week, averaging a team-high 21.5 points and 7.0 assists and ranking second on the squad with 5.5 rebounds per game. He shot 41.2 percent (14-of-34) from the field -- including 50.0 percent (5-of-10) from three-point range. He went 10-of-14 (71.4 percent) from the free throw line. Simmons put on a near triple-double performance in a 97-87 loss to Central Michigan last Tuesday (Feb. 7) at the Convocation Center in Athens. He led Ohio with 30 points and also distributed a game-high nine assists, hauled in a team-high nine boards and a collected a steal while going the full 40 minutes. Simmons shot 10-of-19 from the field -- including 4-of-7 three-point range -- and 6-of-8 from the charity stripe. He put together his second-straight outing with at least 30 points. Three days later, Simmons finished with 13 points in a a heart-stopping 79-77 victory over Ball State in a nationally televised matchup at Worthen Arena in Muncie, Ind. He also dished out a team-high five assists to go along with two boards over 37 minutes.
Jonathan Williams, Toledo, Guard
Senior, Southfield, MI (Southfield-Lathrup)
Williams led Toledo to a pair of convincing victories last week by averaging a team-high 17.5 points and 5.5 assists per game to go along with a 57.1 field-goal percentage (12-of-21), a 44.4 three-point field-goal percentage (.444) and a perfect 7-of-7 performance at the charity stripe. Williams opened the week with a 14-point, five-assist outing vs. Eastern Michigan on Tuesday and was one of five Rockets to score in double figures in UT's 73-57 triumph. He then tallied 21 points and a team-high six assists with just one turnover in 38 minutes vs. Kent State. In the 78-58 win over the Golden Flashes, Williams shot a season-high 70.0 percent (7-of-10) to help the Rockets post a 65.3 shooting mark for their highest FG% in a game in nearly 15 years.