By: Chad Waller, Director of Communications & Sports Information
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Aaron Abram of Oklahoma Baptist has been named the NAIA National Division I Men’s Basketball Player of the Week, the national office announced Tuesday. Abram was selected based on his performances from Feb. 24 – March 2 and was chosen out of a pool of conference and independent award winners. This is the final Division I Men’s Basketball Player of the Week.
Abram, a 6-foot-5 junior forward, did something no other Bison had done since 2005 in a game. He poured in 41 points on March 1 in the 84-70 win at No. 17 Oklahoma City. He was the first Oklahoma Baptist player since Frank Benson nine years ago to reach 40 points. He shot the ball 11-for-19 (.579) from the floor and added nine rebounds. In the 93-83 victory over Southwestern Christian (Okla.) on Feb. 27, the Gary, Ind., native finished with 24 points, eight boards and two steals. For the week, he averaged 32.5 points, 8.5 rebounds and shot 57.1 percent (20-for-35) overall.
In national statistics, Abram ranks 24th in rebounding (8.1) and 30th in field goal percentage (.516).
For a complete list of all the national statistical leaders, click here.
For the complete Player of the Week calendar, click here.
Nominees: Luke Thomas, MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.); William Nelson, LSU Shreveport (La.); Shane Butler, Blue Mountain (Miss.); C.J. Miller, Westmont (Calif.); Riley Jenkins, Lyon (Ark.); Shondel Stewart, Talladega (Ala.); Bruce Reed, Pikeville (Ky.); Brandon Burgraff, West Virginia Tech.
2013-14 Division I Men’s Basketball Players of the Week
Week 1 (Jan. 7): Dominique Rambo, SAGU (Texas)
Week 2 (Jan. 14): Phillip Miller, Wiley (Texas)
Week 3 (Jan. 21): Cameron Lewis, Fisk (Tenn.)
Week 4 (Jan. 28): William Nelson, LSU Shreveport (La.)
Week 5 (Feb. 4): Preston Wynne, Vanguard (Calif.)
Week 6 (Feb. 11): Jahseth Lloyd, Science & Arts (Okla.)
Week 7 (Feb. 18): Melvin Tillman, Central Methodist (Mo.)
Week 8 (Feb. 25): Brandon Davis, LSU Shreveport (La.)
Week 9 (March 4): Aaron Abram, Oklahoma Baptist