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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Eric Frederick of Texas Wesleyan has been named the NAIA National Division I Men’s Basketball Player of the Week, the national office announced Tuesday. Frederick was selected based on his performances from Jan. 16 – 22 and was chosen out of a pool of conference/independent/unaffiliated groupings.
Frederick, a 6-foot-8 senior forward, averaged 29 points and 10.5 rebounds in a 2-0 week for the Rams. On Jan. 19, he poured in 30 points for his seventh game to hit for at least 30 this year. He added eight rebounds in the 105-79 victory over Southwest (N.M.). He then notched his seventh double-double of the season with 28 points and 13 rebounds in a 79-69 win at Langston (Okla.). For the week, Frederick shot 66.7 percent (20-of-30) from the field, 50 percent (6-of-12) from 3-point range and 92.3 percent (12-of-13) from the free throw line.
The native of Oklahoma City, Okla., ranks second in the NAIA in scoring (25.9 ppg), ninth in rebounding (10.2 rpg) and 20th in field goal percentage (.561).
The next Player of the Week announcement will be on Jan. 31.
Nominees: Conner Langrehr, MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.); Caleb Hardy, Bethel (Tenn.); Denzell Erves, Xavier (La.); Daryl Arnold, Belhaven (Miss.); Chase Spreen, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.); Diante Watkins, Robert Morris (Ill.); Jordan Dressler, Columbia (Mo.); Melvin Williams, Great Falls (Mont.); Kyle Hunt, Science & Arts (Okla.); Preston Branson, Westmont (Calif.); Tim Steed, Cal State San Marcos.
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