For the second time this season, an NCAC men's basketball player has been named the National Player of the Week by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association (USBWA). This time the honor went to Denison junior David Meurer (Granville, OH/Newark Catholic) after the guard scored 66 points during the Big Red's run to the 2016 NCAC Basketball Tournament title.
Meurer collected the Al Van Wie award as the NCAC Men's Basketball Tournament's most valuable player after scoring 18 of his team-high 28 points in the second half and overtime, as part of a comeback for the Big Red that overturned a 16-point deficit in the final 17 minutes of regulation in a 92-81 overtime victory in the championship game against Wooster (21-7) on Saturday.
He averaged 22.0 points, 3.6 assists, 3.0 steals, and 2.7 rebounds while shooting 60 percent (21-of-35) from the field and 84.2 percent (16-of-19) from the foul line while coming off the bench in all three Denison victories in the NCAC Tournament.
DePauw junior guard Luke Lattner (Hinsdale, IL/Fenwick) earned the USBWA National Player of the Week award on February 23rd after breaking the NCAC single-game scoring record with 55 points in the Tigers' 114-110 triple overtime victory over Wabash.