The Ohio Valley Conference’s selection for top player, newcomer, and freshman of the past week.
Ian Clark, G • Sr., 6-3, 175 • Memphis, Tenn. • Belmont
Clark was named to the Great Alaska Shootout All-Tournament Team after helping Belmont to a third-place finish in the event. In the three games the senior averaged 16.3 points, 3.7 assists, 3.0 rebounds and 1.3 steals/game while hitting 51.6 percent (16-of-31) from the field and 59.1 percent (13-of-22) from 3-point range. In the Bruins win over host Alaska Anchorage he scored 14 points, dished out five assists and held UAA’s leading scorer to just two field goals in 40 minutes. In the semifinal loss to Northeastern, Clark set a record in the 35-year old history of the Great Alaska Shootout by connecting on 9-of-11 (81.8) 3-pointers on his way to a game-high 29 points. In a third-place victory over Oral Roberts, Clark struggled offensively but limited ORU’s top player (who entered the game averaged 24.0 points/game) to a season-low three points in 30 minutes of play.
Others Nominated: Travis Betran, Austin Peay; Mike DiNunno, Eastern Kentucky; Tarvin Gaines, Jacksonville State; Milton Chavis, Morehead State; Isaiah Canaan, Murray State; Kellen Thornton, Tennessee State; Corey Wilford, Southeast Missouri; Mike Liabo, UT Martin.
Travis Betran, G • Jr., 6-3, 185 • Harlem, N.Y. • Austin Peay
Betran, the transfer from Kilgore College, was named to the Cancun Challenge Mayan Division All-Tournament Team after leading Austin Peay to a 1-1 record during the week. In games against Western Carolina and Gardner-Webb the junior averaged 20.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists/game while hitting 55.6 percent (15-of-27) from the field and 50 percent (8-of-16) from 3-point range. In the come-from-behind win over WCU, Betran scored 13 of his 22 points in the second half including three second half 3-pointers that brought the team back from a 10-point deficit. He also added six rebounds and three assists in that game. He finished the tournament by scoring 18 points against Gardner-Webb, knocking down four 3-pointers for the second consecutive game. It marks the second time in three weeks Betran has been named OVC Newcomer of the Week.
Others Nominated: Sherman Blanford, Eastern Illinois; Corey Walden, Eastern Kentucky; Maurice Lewis-Briggs, Morehead State; Justin Childs, UT Martin.
Chris Horton, C • Fr., 6-8, 205 • Decatur, Ga. • Austin Peay
Horton earned OVC Freshman of the Week honors for the second-straight week after being named to the Cancun Challenge Mayan Division All-Tournament Team. Horton had a big defensive presence for the Governors as the team topped Western Carolina and lost to Gardner-Webb in the neutral site event. Horton blocked eight shots in two games and for the week averaged 6.0 points and 3.0 rebounds while hitting 55.6 percent (5-of-9) from the field. Horton had 10 points, three rebounds, four blocks and a steal in 19 minutes of action in the loss to Gardner-Webb. Horton has blocked at least two shots in all five APSU games this year and leads the OVC with 3.0 blocks/game.
Others Nominated: BJ McLaughlin, UT Martin.