By Chad Waller, Director of Communications & Sports Information
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Brad Karp of Saint Xavier (Ill.) has been named the final NAIA National Division I Men's Basketball Player of the Week, the national office announced Tuesday. Karp was selected based on his performances from Feb. 19 - 26 and was chosen out of a pool of conference/independent/unaffiliated groupings. Karp also received this honor on Feb. 7.
Karp, a 6-4 sophomore guard, from Valparaiso, Ind., scorched the nets in an upset of No. 3 Robert Morris (Ill.) and helped the Cougars to a second win on the week. In the 94-72 triumph over St. Francis (Ill.) on Feb. 22, Karp netted 18 points and notched eight rebounds. On Feb. 25 in the victory against Robert Morris, Karp hit for a game-best 31 points, while shooting 12-for-16 (.750) from the field. That scoring output was his sixth of over 30 points this year, including his second one against the Eagles.
He averaged 24.5 points, 8.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists on the week. Karp shot 66.7 percent (20-of-30) from the field. He has led the Cougars to a No. 3 seed in the upcoming Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference tournament with a 22-8 record.
In the NAIA, he ranks third in scoring (23.8 ppg), 11th in field goal percentage (.596) and 22nd in rebounding (8.6 rpg).
Nominees: David Lane, Union (Tenn.); Rustin Dowd, MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.); Eric Frederick, Texas Wesleyan; Reco Anderson, Park (Mo.); Sergio Trocha, Rocky Mountain (Mont.); Kalen Kimberland, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.); Robert Lovaglio, Loyola (La.); Denzell Erves, Xavier (La.); Brandon Williams, Mid-America Christian (Okla.); Given Kalipinde, Biola (Calif.); Cam Miller, Mountain State (W.Va.).
2011-12 Composite Award Winners
Week 1: Eric Frederick, Texas Wesleyan
Week 2: Josh Orta, Our Lady of the Lake (Texas)
Week 3: Chase Spreen, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)
Week 4: Eric Frederick, Texas Wesleyan
Week 5: Walter Hill, Shorter (Ga.)
Week 6: Brad Karp, Saint Xavier (Ill.)
Week 7: Kyle Erickson, Montana Western
Week 8: Antonio Marshall, Olivet Nazarene (Ill.)
Week 9: Brad Karp, Saint Xavier (Ill.)