By: Chad Waller, Director of Communications & Sports Information
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Melvin Tillman of Central Methodist (Mo.) has been named the NAIA National Division I Men’s Basketball Player of the Week, the national office announced Tuesday. Tillman was selected based on his performances from Feb. 10 – 16 and was chosen out of a pool of conference and independent award winners.
Tillman, a 6-foot senior guard, moved into 15th place on the Eagles' career scoring charts with two 30-point efforts last week. He netted a career-high 34 points on 13-of-19 (.684) shooting and added seven rebounds and five assists in the 81-78 upset over then-No. 10 Culver-Stockton (Mo.) on Feb. 13. On Feb. 15, he finished with 32 points, doing much of his damage at the charity stripe (13-of-18), in the 82-70 win against Avila (Mo.). Overall, the native of Richmond, Ind., averaged 33.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.5 assists and shot 63.6 percent (21-of-33) from the field last week.
In Division I statistical rankings, Tillman ranks 20th in assists (4.5) and 21st in scoring (19.6).
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. 25. For the complete Player of the Week calendar, click here.
Nominees: Daron Bell, William Carey (Miss.); Marcus Thompson, Our Lady of the Lake (Texas); Xavielle Brown, Park (Mo.); Cameron Lewis, Fisk (Tenn.); Gilbert Gyamfi, John Brown (Ark.); Bruce Reed, Pikeville (Ky.); Bryan Bock, Montana Tech; Derrick Fain, The Master's (Calif.); 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.)
Week 6 (Feb. 11): Jahseth Lloyd, Science & Arts (Okla.)
Week 7 (Feb. 18): Melvin Tillman, Central Methodist (Mo.)