The Ohio Valley Conference’s selection for top players in the past week.
Ed Daniel, F • Sr., 6-7, 228 • Birmingham, Ala. • Murray State
Daniel averaged 22.0 points, 14.5 rebounds, 1.5 blocks, 1.5 steals and 1.0 assists/game as Murray State won twice to improve to 7-1 on the season. Daniel also hit 65.2 percent (15-of-23) from the field and 63.6 percent (14-of-22) from the free throw line in the wins. The senior notched double-doubles in both contests to increase his season total to an OVC-best six on the year (all of which have come in the past six games). He had 23 points, 14 rebounds, two assists and two steals in 25 minutes of action against Bethel and followed that with 21 points, 15 rebounds, three blocks and a steal in a come-from-behind road win over Evansville on Saturday. That road victory was the 15th in a row for the Racers, which is the longest road winning streak nationally. Daniel currently ranks fourth nationally in rebounding (12.1/game).
Others Nominated:Travis Betran, Austin Peay; Ian Clark, Belmont; Glenn Cosey, Eastern Kentucky; Angelo Warner, Morehead State; Tyler Stone, Southeast Missouri; Robert Covington, Tennessee State; Myles Taylor, UT Martin.
Travis Betran, G • Jr., 6-3, 185 • Harlem, N.Y. • Austin Peay
Betran averaged 22.5 points, 2.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 2.5 steals and 1.5 blocks/game while hitting 59.3 percent (16-of-27) from the field, 66.7 percent (8-of-12) from 3-point range and 71.4 percent (5-of-7) from the free throw line in a pair of games. Betran ended the week by scoring a season-high 27 points at Memphis. In that game he hit 5-of-6 3-pointers, making it six-straight games with three or more triples. The transfer from Kilgore College also had three steals, three assists and a block in that game. He opened the week with 18 points, five rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocks in 28 minutes against Oakland City. It marks the third time this season he has been named OVC Newcomer of the Week.
Glenn Cosey, G • Jr., 6-0, 182 • Flint, Mich. • Eastern Kentucky
Cosey averaged 17.0 points, 6.5 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 3.5 steals/game in a pair of Eastern Kentucky road victories. The two road wins improved EKU to 9-0 on the season, the best start for the program in 66 years (1946-47). The transfer from Columbus State Community College scored 23 points on 6-of-12 3-point shooting in Saturday’s victory over Chattanooga. Cosey played all 40 minutes and also grabbed six rebounds, dished out five assists and had three steals. The six made 3-pointers were one shy of the EKU single-game record. He began the week with 11 points, seven rebounds, four assists and four steals in a win over North Carolina Central. In that game he made back-to-back 3-pointers late in the contest to turn a four-point lead into a 10-point advantage. It marks the third time this season Cosey has been named OVC Newcomer of the Week.
Others Nominated: Chad Posthumus, Morehead State; Tobias Dowdell, UT Martin.
Chris Horton, C • Fr., 6-8, 205 • Decatur, Ga. • Austin Peay
Horton earned his fourth-straight OVC Freshman of the Week honor after averaging 14.5 points, 9.0 rebounds and 3.0 blocks/game in a pair of Austin Peay games last week. Horton recorded his first 20-point collegiate game by scoring 21 points on 10-of-12 shooting (83.3%, the 13th-best percentage in a game nationally this season) in a win over Oakland City. Horton also pulled down a season-best 11 rebounds in that contest to net his second double-double of the season while also added a season-high five blocks. Against Memphis on Saturday he scored eight points, had seven rebounds and blocked a shot. That marked the first time this season Horton had failed to record two blocks in a game; on the year he ranks second in the OVC with 26 total blocked shots and is ninth in rebounding (6.4/game). He is the first OVC player to be named Freshman of the Week four weeks in a row since Eastern Kentucky’s Matt Witt earned the honor five weeks in a row in the 2002-03 season.