By Chad Waller, Director of Communications and Sports Information
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – William Nelson of LSU Shreveport (La.) has been named the NAIA National Division I Men’s Basketball Player of the Week, the national office announced Tuesday. Nelson was selected based on his performances from Jan. 20 – 26 and was chosen out of a pool of conference and independent award winners.
Nelson, a 6-foot-6 senior forward posted two double-doubles in three games last week, including the second-highest point total in LSU Shreveport history. He went 11-for-20 from the field and connected on 28 three throws, to tally 50 points in the 116-109 win over Our Lady of the Lake (Texas) on Jan. 25. That effort tied for the second-most points, while the 28 points at the free throw line broke a school record. He added 16 rebounds and five assists in that contest. Earlier in the week, Nelson finished with 24 points and six rebounds against No. 12 Wiley (Texas) on Jan. 21. The native of Port Allen, La., also recorded 32 points and 12 rebounds in the 105-91 triumph over Huston-Tillotson (Texas) on Jan. 24. For the week, he averaged 35.3 points, 11.3 rebounds, 2.7 assists, shot 57.6 percent from the field and hit 35-of-46 (.761) free throws.
Nelson currently ranks fifth in the NAIA in scoring (23.0), 15th in rebounding (9.1) and 19th in field goal percentage (.538).
For a complete list of all the national statistical leaders, click here.
The next NAIA National Division I Men’s Basketball Player of the Week will be announced on Feb. 4. For the complete Player of the Week calendar, click here.
Nominees: D'alvin Brown, Philander Smith (Ark.); Chris Gorman, Vanguard (Calif.); Jordan Layrock, Lyon (Ark.); Jordan Bedford, Belhaven (Miss.); Charlie Wallrapp, Benedictine (Kan.); Josh Reagan, Rio Grande (Ohio); Tyree Anderson, Rocky Mountain (Mont.); Stephen Coles, West Virginia Tech; Latraius Mosley, Life (Ga.); Jarius Wilson, Mid-America Christian (Okla.).
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.)