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2018-19 NCAC Men's Basketball Players of the Week

February 18th
Ugnius Zilinskas, Kenyon
(Kedainiai, Lithuania/Kimball Union Academy)

Kenyon sophomore Ugnius Zilinskas helped the Lords to their first conference victory of the season on Wednesday, winning 79-77 over Ohio Wesleyan. Zilinskas recorded a double-double in the win, posting 15 points and 10 rebounds. He also tallied 21 points and 11 rebounds in the Lords’ season finale at Allegheny on Saturday.
February 11th
  Joshua Friedkin, Oberlin
(Emeryville, Calif./Albany)

Joshua Friedkin played a large roll in a pair of Oberlin victories this past week to keep the Yeomen’s hopes alive for a potential home NCAC Tournament game. In a 95-94 triple-overtime victory at Allegheny, he hit an off-balance one-footed jumper with 2.3 seconds to go to put the Yeomen out in front by two, 95-93. Friedkin scored 14 of his team-high 25 points in the overtime periods, going 5-of-7 from the floor and 2-of-2 at the free throw line. He followed that performance by posting his first-career double-double in a commanding 90-61 win over Hiram with 15 points and a career-high 10 assists. For the week, he averaged 20 points and 6.5 assists per game while shooting 45.5 percent from the floor.
February 4th  
  Jordan Rawls, Allegheny
(Pittsburgh, Pa./Taylor Allderdice)

Jordan Rawls was the difference in Allegheny’s 80-68 win over No. 14 Wabash that dealt the Little Giants their second NCAC loss of the year. Despite playing just 27 minutes, Rawls dropped 31 points, including 22 in the second half, while shooting 8-of-10 from the field, 3-of-4 from three-point range and 12-of-14 from the free throw line. On Saturday against DePauw, Rawls tallied 21 points, topping the 20-point plateu for the seventh time in the last nine games, while grabbing eight rebounds. For the week, he shot 64 percent from the field, 50 percent from three, 89.5 percent at the foul line and averaged 26 points, seven rebounds and one steal per game.
January 28th  
  Danyon Hempy, Wooster
(Waldo, Ohio/River Valley)

Wooster junior Danyon Hempy tied his career-high with 31 points during the 18th-ranked Fighting Scots’ 91-84 win over the 11th-ranked Wabash on Saturday. The 31-point outing marked the third 30-point game for Hempy this season, and he’s scored at least 20 points in four straight games. The junior dropped in a team-high 25 points during Wednesday’s 81-72 win at Allegheny, in what marked legendary head coach Steve Moore’s 750th win at Wooster.
January 21st

Connor Seipel, Wittenberg
(Columbus, Ohio/Groveport Madison)

Connor Seipel collected a double-double with 16 points and 14 boards, to go along with four assists and four blocks in Wittenberg’s first overtime win of the week at Ohio Wesleyan. The Tigers’ big man posted a career-high 33 points in Wittenberg’s second overtime road win (92-84) of the week at Oberlin, adding six rebounds and six assists.

January 14th

Danyon Hempy, Wooster
(Waldo, Ohio/River Valley)

Wooster’s Danyon Hempy led the Fighting Scots to a pair of wins last week. The junior scored a team-high 16 points in a 73-65 win over No. 13-ranked Wittenberg on Saturday, giving the Scots their 12th win in the last 15 meetings against their rivals. Hempy secured a career-high nine rebounds against the Tigers. On Wednesday, Hempy was a lights-out 8-for-12 from the floor en route to 19 points against Oberlin in a 78-53 win.
January 7th

Jack Davidson, Wabash
(Fishers, Ind./Hamilton Southeastern)

Jack Davidson averaged 25 points over the course of six games to guide the Little Giants to a 5-1 record and remain unbeaten in NCAC play. Davidson scored a career-best 36 points against Wilmington (Ohio) which included a 17-of-18 performance from the free throw line. He posted a 22-points-per-game average in three conference wins against Hiram (102-61), Allegheny (108-65), and Oberlin (86-50). Davidson shot 55.4 percent from the field (41-of-74) and 46.7 percent from three-point range (14-of-30) during the six-game stretch.

December 17th

Jaret Gerber, Ohio Wesleyan
(Worthington, Ohio/Thomas Worthington)

Ohio Wesleyan junior Jaret Gerber hit a pair of three-pointers during a 14-0 second-half run that helped the Bishops pull away for a non-conference win over Adrian, 77-69. Gerber led the team with 19 points and eight assists, while also grabbing four rebounds and one steal in the game.

December 10th

Jalen Kirksey, Hiram
(Massillon, Ohio/Washington)

Jalen Kirksey lifted Hiram to an 81-80 victory over Denison with a game-winner as time expired on Wednesday. Kirksey tallied 15 points in the game to go along with four rebounds, two assists and one steal. On Saturday, the sophomore tied a career-high with 22 points in an 86-84 victory over Ohio Wesleyan. He also registered five rebounds, five steals and three assists, in the two-point win.

December 3rd

Jack Davidson, Wabash
(Fishers, Ind./Southeastern)

Jack Davidson helped Wabash remain unbeaten on the season, improving to 5-0 with wins over Rose-Hulman (77-74), Elmhurst (95-71), and Denison (83-57) during the week. He averaged 20 points over the three games and shot .472 from the field by hitting 17 of 36 field goal attempts. He led the Little Giants with 20 points in the three-point home win over Rose-Hulman and added a team-high 23 points in the conference-opening victory versus Denison by going 3-for-4 from three-point range. Davidson scored 17 points and handed out a season-high six assists in the win against Elmhurst.

November 26th

Fred Brou, Denison
(Lawrence, Kan./Lawrence)

Denison junior Fred Brou scored a career-high 22 points and hit the game-winning basket with 0.8 seconds left in overtime to send the Big Red to an 80-79 win over Case Western Reserve on Tuesday night. The forward also added seven rebounds, five assists and two blocks on the night to give the Spartans their first loss of the season (3-1). 

November 19th

Dontae Williams, Wooster
(Girard, Pa./Girard)

Sophomore Dontae Williams made an immediate impact to the No. 21-ranked Wooster’s lineup with a team-high 22 points in his Fighting Scots’ debut. The forward followed that up with a second straight 20-point effort against Mount St. Joseph, and was just as impressive in other facets of the game with 15 rebounds and eight assists during Wooster’s two wins last week.