February 07, 2012
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Bruce Grimm Jr. of Grace (Ind.) has been named the NAIA National Division II Men’s Basketball Player of the Week, the national office announced Tuesday. Grimm was selected based on his performance from Jan. 30 – Feb. 5 and was chosen out of a pool of conference/independent/unaffiliated groups.
Grimm, who became the third individual from the Mid-Central College Conference (MCC) to garner the weekly award this season, played a key role in No. 5 Grace’s wins at Spring Arbor (Mich.), 75-66, on Jan. 31 and against Goshen (Ind.), 90-76, on Feb. 4. The junior guard recorded 28 points, 3.5 rebounds, five assists and 2.5 steals per game as the Lancers improved to an MCC leading 20-5 overall and 10-4 in conference play. Grimm opened the week with 22 points and four assists against the Cougars, before posting a career-best 34 points on 10-of-18 shooting, including five 3-pointers, against the Maple Leaves. His showing against Goshen gives him four 30-plus point performances in his career. Grim finished the week shooting 50 percent (17-of-34) from the floor, including a 42.9 percent (6-for-14) clip from beyond the arc.
The 6-foot-1 native of Rochester, Ind., leads Grace in points (16.6), assists (4.8) and steals (1.7) on the year. Nationally, Grimm ranks 17th in total assists (121) and in assists per game (4.8).
For a complete listing of all the national statistical leaders, click here.
The next Player of the Week announcement will be on Feb. 7.
Nominees: Marcus Isaac, Indiana East; James Nelson, Davenport (Mich.); Spencer Adams, Dakota State (S.D.); Jordan Carter, Corban (Ore.); Sean Chennault, Waldorf (Iowa); Jeb Greenberg, Saint Mary (Kan.); Mark Hoge, Jamestown (N.D.); Asa Braxton, Point Park (Pa.); Craig Wong, Johnson & Wales (Fla.); Jake Shipley, Briar Cliff (Iowa); Keenan Gaskin, York (Neb.); Justin Morris, Virginia Intermont ; Nick Neal, Purdue North Central (Ind.); Keven Campbell, Cal Maritime.
2011-12 Composite Award Winners (Schedule)
Week 1: Bobby Hunter, Oregon Tech
Week 2: Caleb Kennedy, Huntington (Ind.)
Week 3: Adam Herman, Concordia (Ore.)
Week 4: Alex Sylvester, Marian (Ind.)
Week 5: Rodney Bartholomew, Indiana Tech
Week 6: Bruce Grimm Jr., Grace (Ind.)