NAIA Menís Division II Basketball Player of the Week Ė No. 4 (Jan. 26)
By Scott Barker, Communications and Sports Information Intern
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Aaron Larson of Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) was named NAIA Division II Men’s Basketball National Player of the Week, the national office announced on Tuesday. Larson was selected for his play during the week of Jan. 18 – 24 and was chosen out of the conference and Association of Independent Institutions award winners.
NAIA Division II Men’s Basketball Player of the Week
Aaron Larson, Olivet Nazarene (Ill.)
6-8, Sr., F, Tolono, Ill.
• Averaged 33 points and 11 rebounds per game to lead the Tigers to a 2-0 week.
• Recorded his team-high ninth double-double (31 points and 14 rebounds) in a 81-64 win over (RV) Saint Xavier (Ill.) on Jan. 23.
• He ranks in the top 26 nationally in five categories, including No. 13 in points per game (22.7).
• Scored a career-high 35 points against Holy Cross (Ind.), shooting 81 percent (13-of-16) from the field and a perfect 5-of-5 from the free throw line.
• Shot 62 percent (25-of-40) from the field, 60 percent (6-of-10) from the three-point line and did not miss a free throw (10-of-10) from the charity stripe on the week.
• This is his first-career national player of the week award and the first Tiger since Antonio Marshall won on Feb. 21, 2102 (NAIA Division I), dating back to 2012.
For a complete list of all the Division II Men’s Basketball statistical leaders, click here.
For the complete NAIA Player of the Week calendar, click here.
Nominees: Chris Waller, Southwestern (Kan.) ; Javonte Byrd, Northwest Christian (Ore.) ; J'quayveon Williams, Truett-McConnell (Ga.) ; Miles Robinson, Indiana Tech ; Clay Harreld, Briar Cliff (Iowa) ; Tim Sada, St. Thomas (Fla.) ; Clay Yeo, Bethel (Ind.) ; Jake Hagler, Jamestown (N.D.) ; Fousseini Konate, Point Park (Pa.) ; Gerald Williams, La Sierra (Calif.).
2015-16 Division II Men's Basketball Composite Award Winners
Week 1 (January 5): Ilya Ilyayev, St. Francis (Ill.)
Week 2 (January 12): Brandon Vanderhegghen, Grace (Ind.)
Week 3 (January 19): Travis Giesselmann, Nebraksa Wesleyan
Week 4 (January 26): Aaron Larson, Olivet Nazarene (Ill.)