PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The American Athletic Conference has announced the winners of the league’s weekly men’s basketball honors for the week ending Feb. 22.
AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Austin Nichols • So. • F • Memphis
Nichols, who had missed Memphis’ previous two games due to an ankle injury, returned the lineup to help the Tigers to a 2-0 week with wins against UConn and UCF. He averaged 18.0 points, 7.5 rebounds and 5.0 blocks in the two games, including a 16-point, eight-rebound, seven-block effort in a 75-72 win against the Huskies. He had 20 points with seven rebounds and three blocks in a 75-65 overtime win against the Knights. Nichols leads the Tigers in scoring for the season at 13.7 points per game and is the American Athletic Conference leader in blocks (3.5 per game).
AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Daniel Hamilton • Fr. • F/G • UConn
Hamilton had a breakout week for UConn as he averaged 16.0 points, 11.0 rebounds and 8.0 assists per game in two games. He led all scorers with 25 points to go with 13 rebounds, seven assists and three steals in a 75-72 loss at Memphis and had seven points with nine rebounds, nine assists, two blocks and three steals in a 67-60 win against Tulane.
WEEKLY HONOR ROLL
Gary Clark • Fr. • G • Cincinnati
Averaged 12.5 points and 10.5 rebounds, shooting .611 from the field (11-of-18) in a 1-1 week.
Amida Brimah • So. • C • UConn
Averaged 19.0 points, 8.5 rebounds, 2.5 blocks and shot .929 from the field (13-of-14) in a 1-1 week.
Corey Allen Jr. • Sr. • G • USF
Averaged 18.5 points and 7.0 rebounds in a 1-1 week.
Nic Moore • Jr. • G • SMU
Scored 18 points with four assists and three steals in a 67-58 win against Temple.
James Woodard • Jr. • G • Tulsa
Averaged 17.5 points and 6.5 rebounds in a 2-0 week.