The Ohio Valley Conference’s selection for top players over the past week
Robert Covington, F • Sr., 6-9, 215 • Bellwood, Ill. • Tennessee State
Covington helped Tennessee State snap a two-game losing streak with a pair of victories last week as he averaged 28.0 points, 10.0 rebounds, 4.5 steals and 1.5 assists/game while hitting 65.4 percent (17-of-26) from the field, 55.6 percent (5-of-9) from 3-point range and 94.4 percent (17-of-18) from the free throw line. Covington had a season-high 29 points on 10-of-14 shooting (3-of-6 3-pointers) as TSU opened the week with a win over in-city rival Fisk in what was the team’s first home game of the season. The senior also pulled down a season-high 14 rebounds, had five steals and two assists in the convincing victory. He ended the week with 27 points, six rebounds, four steals, an assist and a block in a road victory over Alabama A&M. Covington currently ranks seventh in the OVC in scoring (16.5 points/game), seventh in rebounding (7.5/game) and second in steals (2.5/game).
Others Nominated: Ian Clark, Alex Austin, Eastern Illinois; Glenn Cosey, Eastern Kentucky; Ronnie Boggs, Jacksonville State; Ed Daniel, Murray State; Tyler Stone, Southeast Missouri; Jerome Jones, SIUE; Mike Liabo, UT Martin.
Glenn Cosey, G • Jr., 6-0, 182 • Flint, Mich. • Eastern Kentucky
Cosey, the transfer from Columbus State Community College, earned his second OVC Newcomer of the Week honor of the season after averaging 18.0 points, 3.5 assists, 2.0 rebounds and 2.0 steals/game while hitting 50 percent (13-of-26) from the field, 53.8 percent (7-of-13) from 3-point range and 100 percent (3-of-3) from the charity stripe. Cosey scored 21 points on 8-of-13 shooting (4-of-7 3-pointers) while adding five assists and four steals in a victory over Delaware State to begin the week. In a come-from-behind win over Western Carolina he hit 3-of-6 3-pointers on his way to 15 points, while also pulling down four rebounds and dishing out two assists. As EKU trailed Western Carolina by 10 with 6:38 to play, Cosey played a key role down the stretch, including a layup with 1:15 to go to tie the game and a jumper with 27 seconds left that gave the Colonels its first lead in over 31 minutes of playing time. Cosey currently ranks third in the OVC in scoring (17.9 points/game), ninth in field goal percentage (53.7%) and first in assist-to-turnover ratio (+3.1).
Others Nominated: Jarrett Stokes, Morehead State; Jeremiah Samarrippas, Tennessee Tech; Justin Childs, UT Martin.
Chris Horton, C • Fr., 6-8, 205 • Decatur, Ga. • Austin Peay
Horton earned his third-straight OVC Freshman of the Week honor after averaging 12.0 points, 7.0 rebounds, 2.5 blocks and 1.5 steals/game while hitting 71.4 percent (10-of-14) from the field and 80 percent (4-of-5) from the free throw line. In just 16 minutes of action against Berea (Ky.) College, Horton hit 6-of-9 shots on his way to 15 points. He also added six rebounds (four offensive), three steals, two blocks and an assist. In the team’s game against Fairfield on Saturday, he added nine points, eight rebounds and three blocks. Horton has had at least two blocked shots in every game this season and his 2.9 blocks/game average ranks first in the OVC.
Others Nominated: Alex Austin, Eastern Illinois.