Player of the Week - No. 1
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Eric Frederick of Texas Wesleyan has been named the first NAIA National Division I Men's Basketball Player of the Week of the 2011-12 season, the national office announced Tuesday. Frederick was selected based on his performances from Dec. 26 - Jan. 1 and was chosen out of a pool of conference/independent/unaffiliated groupings.
Frederick averaged 26 points and 13 rebounds in two wins in the Big Easy Challenge played in New Orleans, La. In the 79-75 victory over No. 10 Westminster (Utah) on Dec. 29, the 6-foot-8 senior forward poured in 26 points and snatched 10 rebounds. The next night in the 81-72 win against Dillard (La.), Frederick finished with 26 points and 16 boards. For the week, he shot 58 percent (21 of 36) from the field and 75 percent (9 of 12) from the charity stripe.
The native of Oklahoma City, Okla., ranks fourth in the NAIA in scoring (24.6 ppg) and seventh in total rebounding (10.4 rpg). He has hit for at least 20 points in seven of his nine games played this year.
The next Player of the Week announcement will be on Jan. 10.
Nominees: Ben Cutler, Carroll (Mont.); Kyle Teichmann, Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.); Donte Nicholas, Fresno Pacific (Calif.); Will Reinke, Oklahoma Christian; Brad Burgus, Graceland (Iowa); Diante Watkins, Robert Morris (Ill.); Cordell Hadnot, Xavier (La.); Jordan Dressler, Columbia (Mo.); Jordan Demercy, Georgetown (Ky.); Brittion Smith, Belhaven (Miss.).
2011-12 Composite Award Winners
Week 1: Eric Frederick, Texas Wesleyan