Wiltjer Earns Third Consecutive Honor – Week 14

This weeks honors stay on the west coast with Kyle Wiltjer, after a phenomenal two games, earning his third consecutive men’s honor and Dillon Brooks earning men’s rookie of the week …

Portland's Kyle Wiltjer. (PHOTO: Tyler Tjomsland The Spokesman-Review)
Portland’s Kyle Wiltjer. (PHOTO: Tyler Tjomsland
The Spokesman-Review)

Men’s Player of the Week

Kyle Wiltjer, Gonzaga

Kyle Wiltjer is just rolling along to end the year and he looks like a top candidate for a spot on some post-season award lists. This past week he averaged 30.5 points, 9 rebounds, 2.5 assists and a steal in 36 minutes of action. He shot 19-of-32 from the field, including 9-of-14 from the range, and 15-of-17 from the line in Gonzaga’s two wins. He was named West Coast Conference Player of the Week for the third straight week and he will also be named our NC-Double-Eh Men’s Player of the Week for the third consecutive week.

In Gonzaga’s 86-74 win over Pacific February 19 Wiltjer went for a career high 45 points to go with 7 rebounds and 4 assists in 38 minutes.   He shot 15-of-22 from the floor, including 7-of-10 from the three, while making all but one of his nine free throws.

Three days later against Saint Mary’s, Wiltjer went for his fourth double-double of the year going for 16 points and 12 rebounds in his 34 minutes of action. He also added an assist, 2 steals and 2 blocks. He shot 4-of-10 from the field, including 2-of-4 from the trey, and 6-of-8 from the line.

On the season, Wiltjer is averaging 17.4 points, 5.8 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 27 minutes. He’s shooting 54.3% from the field, 46.9% from behind the arc, and 80.6% from the stripe.


Honorable Mention:

Dyshawn Pierre, Dayton – 21 ppg, 11 rpg, 4.5 apg, 2 bpg, 14-of-35 FGs, 6-of-8 3-PT FGs, 8-of-9 FTs, 38.5 mpg in two games.


Mississauga, ON's Dillon Brooks. (PHOTO: Ryan Kang, The Emerald)
Mississauga, ON’s Dillon Brooks. (PHOTO: Ryan Kang, The Emerald)


Men’s Rookie of the Week

Dillon Brooks, Oregon

Dillon Brooks continued to show that he was not your typical freshman in the Oregon Ducks’ last two games. In the two wins he averaged 16.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.5 steals in 30.5 minutes. He shot 11-of-21 from the floor was a perfect 3-of-3 from behind the arc, and 8-of-10 from the line to earn our NC-Double-Eh Men’s Rookie of the Week.

In Oregon’s 73-60 win over Colorado February 18 Brooks had 14 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists and 3 steals in 29 minutes. He shot 4-of-11 from the field, including making both his threes, and all four of his free throws.

In the Ducks’ 69-58 win over Utah four days later Brooks went for 19 points (including an 11-point run late in the second half), 7 rebounds and 1 assist in 32 minutes. He shot 7-of-10 from the floor, making his one three, and hitting 4-of-6 from the line.

For the season, Brooks is averaging 12.3 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 28.2 minutes a game. He’s shooting 46.7% from the floor, 32.8% from the trey and 81.6% from the line.


Honorable Mention:

Xavier Rathan-Mayes, Florida St – 13 ppg, 1 rpg, 3.5 apg, 2 spg, 8-of-29 FGs, 4-of-13 3-PT FGs, 6-of-8 FTs, 37 mpg in two games.


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