So first, here are the players of the week, who are, of course, ineligible for the Unsung Hero award because their exploits have been, well, sung.
POW: Jeremy Granger, Eastern Illinois
Co-Newcomers: Mike DiNunno, Eastern Kentucky
Tyler Stone, SEMO
Freshman: Eric Stutz, Eastern Kentucky
So as a side note, a very solid list for Week 1. But, there is always an unsung hero in the crowd…
So the first ever OVC Ball Unsung Hero award goes to…
Nino Johnson, SEMO.
It’s always hard this time of year to pick players of the week when some teams (like EKU) have played multiple games, and others (like SEMO) have only played 1. But in his first collegiate game, Johnson scored 11 points and pulled down 7 boards in 22 minutes off of 5 for 7 shooting against a top-25 team, Missouri.
It’s hard enough to play your first game against a top-25 team, much less have to play extended minutes due to the loss of your team’s best player. Johnson has made his impact known quickly, and is likely to threaten for Freshman of the Year honors by March.