By: Sam Knehans, Communications & Sports Information Intern
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Preston Wynne of Vanguard (Calif.) has been named the NAIA National Division I Men’s Basketball Player of the Week, the national office announced Tuesday. Wynne was selected based on his performances from Jan. 27 – Feb. 2 and was chosen out of a pool of conference and independent award winners.
Wynne, a 6-foot-1 senior guard from Wellpinit, Wash., led the Lions to victories over two Top 25 opponents last week. On Jan. 28, he scored 30 points on 10-of-19 shooting in Vanguard’s 94-79 upset of then-No. 8 Concordia (Calif.). Then, on Feb. 1, he dropped 25 points as the Lions escaped with a 72-69 overtime win over then-No. 23 Hope International (Calif.). On the week, Wynne tallied nine rebounds, five assists and two steals, while averaging 27.5 points per game. He shot .944 from the charity stripe (17-of-18) and .353 from beyond the arc (6-of-17).
On the year, Wynne leads the team in points per game (18.16). He’s also the leading 3-point threat (.404) and most consistent free throw shooter (.853) on the team. Nationally, he ranks among the top 20 in 3-point field goals made per game (14th, 2.895), total 3-point field goals made (17th, 55) and free throw percentage (17th, .853).
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. 11. For the complete Player of the Week calendar, click here.
Nominees: Craig Anderson, Lindenwood-Belleville (Ill.); Cordaryl Campbell, Tougaloo (Miss.); Denzelle Cook, Park (Mo.); Xavier Roberson, Our Lady of the Lake (Texas); Zack Kleine, Evangel (Mo.); Chris Cantino, Pikeville (Ky.); Jamaal Crayton, Oklahoma City; Joel Barndt, Rocky Mountain (Mont.); Kentorey Johnson, Coastal Georgia; Stephen Coles, West Virginia Tech.
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.)
Week 5 (Feb. 4): Preston Wynne, Vanguard (Calif.)