By Travis Rae, Communications and Sports Information Intern
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Peter Smith of Concordia (Calif.) has been named the NAIA National Division I Men's Basketball Player of the Week, the national office announced Tuesday. Smith was selected based on his performances from Feb. 18 - 24 and was chosen out of a pool of conference/independent/unaffiliated groupings.
Smith, a 5-foot-11 guard from Escondido, Calif., scored 18 points, and dished out six assists in the Eagles win over then-No. 8 Westmont (Calif.), 93-61, on Feb. 19. Three days later against then-No. 6 Cal State San Marcos, Smith scored a career-high 33 points to lead the Eagles to an 85-78 win for its second-straight victory over a top ten opponent. In the last game of the week on Feb. 23, Smith scored 14 points on senior day to help lead Concordia to a victory.
For the week, the senior averaged 21.7 points, 5.0 assists and 2.3 rebounds per game. Smith shot 47.5 percent (19-of-40). He also made 21-of-29 attempts at the foul line.
Smith, ranks 45th nationally in total assists (101) and 46th in Assist to Turnover ratio (1.8).
For a complete listing of all the national statistical leaders, click here.
The next Player of the Week announcement will be on March 5. For the complete Player of the Week calendar, click here.
Nominees: Marshawn Norris, Culver-Stockton (Mo.); Bryan Kaase, St. Thomas (Texas); Jeremy Rodgers, Martin Methodist (Tenn.); Allan Thomas, Georgetown (Ky.); Mccall Tomeny, Loyola (La.); Jordan Dressler, Columbia (Mo.); Richard Johnson, Allen (S.C.); P.j. Bolte, Lewis-Clark State (Idaho); Denzell Erves, Xavier (La.); David Rawlinson, West Virginia Tech; Terrale Clark, West Virginia Tech; Charlie Shorter, Mid-America Christian (Okla.).
2012-13 Division I Men's Basketball Player of the Week
Week 1 (Jan. 8): Brandon Davis, LSU Shreveport (La.)
Week 2 (Jan. 15): Marcel Towns, Great Falls (Mont.)
Week 3 (Jan. 22): Anthony Dorsey, Truett-McConnell (Ga.)
Week 4 (Jan. 29): Jeremy Rodgers, Martin Methodist (Tenn.)
Week 5 (Feb. 5): Bryan Bock, Montana Tech
Week 6 (Feb. 13): Brandon Davis, LSU Shreveport (La.)
Week 7 (Feb. 19): Trevor Setty, Pikeville (Ky.)
Week 8 (Feb. 26): Peter Smith, Concordia (Calif.)