PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The American Athletic Conference has announced the winners of the league’s weekly men’s basketball honors for the week ending March 1.
AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Rodney Purvis • So. • G • UConn
Purvis helped UConn to two wins last week as the Huskies moved into fifth place in the conference standings, giving them the inside track on a first-round bye in the American Athletic Conference Championship. He led all scorers with 28 points to go with three assists and three steals in an 81-73 win against No. 21/21 SMU and had 12 points in a 60-49 win at East Carolina. Purvis averaged 20.0 points and 2.5 assists in the two games and is averaging 10.5 points per game for the season.
AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Daniel Hamilton • Fr. • F/G • UConn
Hamilton averaged a double-double of 12.5 points and 12.0 rebounds to help UConn to a 2-0 mark last week to extend its winning streak to three games. Hamilton had nine points, 17 rebounds and five assists in a 60-49 win at East Carolina and had 16 points with seven rebounds in an 81-73 win against No. 21/21 SMU. Hamilton is second on the Huskies in scoring at 10.8 points per game.
WEEKLY HONOR ROLL
Octavius Ellis • Jr. • F • Cincinnati
Averaged 17.0 points, 9.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists in a 1-1 week. Shot .667 from the field (14-of-21).
Devonta Pollard • Jr. • F • Houston
Averaged 16.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and 4.5 steals in a 1-1 week.
Quenton DeCosey • Jr. • G • Temple
Scored 16 points with nine rebounds and three assists in a 66-54 win against Houston.
Louis Dabney • Jr. • G • Tulane
Averaged 25.0 points and shot .515 from the field in two games. Scored 32 points in a loss at Tulsa.
Shaquille Harrison • Jr. • G • Tulsa
Averaged 14.5 points, 8.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists in a 2-0 week.