In case you missed it, I’ll provide proof:
Last week, I named Isaiah Canaan the OVC Ball unsung hero for week 2. After Murray State won the Great Alaska Shootout, I told you Isaiah Canaan would be named the OVC player of the week.
In fact, you can read it here.
And lo and behold…
So self-absorption aside, it’s getting harder to pick the Unsung Hero. As a reminder on the rules I created, it cannot be a player that has won any POW award any week this year, or be a previous Unsung Hero award winner.
Which is going to make this really, really hard come February.
So, who gets the award for week 3?
How about a player that’s come off the bench the last 4 games?
UT Martin’s Mike Liabo.
He even had a 4 point, 2-11 shooting performance against Mississippi State. And I’m STILL picking him as my Unsung Hero of the week. Because there might not be a player that fills the definition better.
The Skyhawks forward has lost his starting position, and is still playing 20+ minutes in every game, more than some of the starters. He’s been challenged by UT Martin coach Jason James, and he hasn’t folded.
He’s scored 20 points in 2 of his last 3 performances, is averaging 14.9 points and 4.7 rebounds a game on the season.
And he’s coming on the bench on a sub .500 team.
In last night’s Final Word, I called on Jones to but Liabo back in the starting lineup. James told me last week that it has Liabo’s defense that put him on the bench. But I think he’s earned his starting spot back, because I think the team is better when he’s in the game.
James may disagree with me. In fact, I’d almost bet he does.
But Liabo is an Unsung Hero on his own team right now. And more than deserving of being named the OVC Ball Unsung Hero in week 3.