Middle Tennessee’s JaCorey Williams was named the Conference USA Player of the Week after averaging 22.5 points in four games and earning MVP honors at the Challenge in Music City. Florida Atlantic rookie swingman Jailyn Ingram earned C-USA Freshman of the Week honors following a 16-point, eight-rebound effort in the Owls win over in-state foe USF. Awards are chosen by a vote from a media panel representing the 14 member schools.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
JaCOREY WILLIAMS, MIDDLE TENNESSEE
R-Senior, 6-8, 205, F, Birmingham, Alabama
Williams averaged 22.5 points per game in four Blue Raider wins on the week. He also pulled down seven rebounds per game and totaled eight assists, five steals and two blocks on the week. Williams made 40 field goal attempts on the week, converting 66.7 percent of his attempts (40-60). He was named Tournament MVP at the Challenge in Music City where he averaged 24 points and 7.3 rebounds per game as the Blue Raiders swept the three-game tournament. The redshirt senior led the team in minutes played (36.7), points (24.0), rebounds (7.3) and steals (1.7) while shooting 66 percent during the tournament. His 24 points per game in the tournament were more than five points better than the tournament’s second leading scorer. Williams had a career-high 31 points while going 12-of-17 and adding seven rebounds against Toledo on Nov. 26. He then notched 25 points and a career-high 10 rebounds for his first career double-double against Evansville (11/27) while also dishing out a career-high four assists. This is the first career C-USA Player of the Week honor for Williams.
FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK
JAILYN INGRAM, FLORIDA ATLANTIC
Freshman, 6-7, 215, F/G, Madison, Georgia
Ingram had a game-high 16 points in a 78-62 victory over in-state foe USF. He made 4-of-6 shots, including a three-pointer and 7-of-9 free throws while adding a career-high eight rebounds and an assist. It was his second 16-point game in a row and he is averaging 10.7 points since entering the starting lineup. This is Ingram’s first C-USA Freshman of the Week honor.
C-USA PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
N14: Egor Koulechov, Rice
N21: Dominic Artis, UTEP
N28: JaCorey Williams, Middle Tennessee
C-USA FRESHMEN OF THE WEEK
N14: DaQuan Bracey, Louisiana Tech
N21: Byron Frohnen, UTSA
N28: Jailyn Ingram, Florida Atlantic