The OVC’s pick for top player, newcomer, and freshman for the past week.
Isaiah Canaan, G • Sr., 6-1, 195 • Biloxi, Miss. • Murray State
Canaan hit 7-of-16 (43.8%) shots, 4-of-8 (50%) 3-pointers and 3-of-4 free throws on his way to 21 points in a 75-70 victory over Western Kentucky on Sunday. Canaan also dished out five assists and committed only two turnovers in 38 minutes of action at the point. During the back-and-forth affair in the second half, Canaan nailed a 3-pointer with 6:55 to play to put the Racers on top for good. Canaan currently leads the OVC in scoring (21.3 points/game) and ranks sixth in assists (4.0/game).
Robert Covington, F • Sr., 6-9, 215 • Bellwood, Ill. • Tennessee State
In his lone game of the week, Covington hit 9-of-17 (52.9%) shots, 3-of-5 (60%) 3-pointers and 10-of-11 free throws (90.9%) on his way to a career-high 31 points in a 79-39 victory over LeMoyne-Owen. He also pulled down 11 rebounds to net his third double-double of the season. Covington also added a pair of blocks in 27 minutes of action. He currently ranks fourth in the OVC in scoring (17.5 points/game) and rebounding (7.5/game).
Others Nominated: Trevor Noack, Belmont; Darion Rackley, Jacksonville State; Jud Dillard, Tennessee Tech; Myles Taylor, UT Martin.
Corey Walden, G • R-So., 6-2, 206 • Daytona Beach, Fla. • Eastern Kentucky
Walden hit 9-of-13 shots (69.2%) on his way to a game-high 21 points in a loss to No. 10 Illinois on Sunday. The transfer from Brevard Community College was 8-of-9 on field goal attempts from inside the 3-point line and hit 2-of-3 free throws. His free throw with 9:48 to play capped a 16-6 Colonel run to pull the team to within four points (42-38). Walden also added two rebounds, two steals and an assist.
Others Nominated: Travis Betran, Austin Peay; Dexter Fields, Murray State; Jeremiah Samarrippas, Tennessee Tech.
Chris Horton, C • Fr., 6-8, 205 • Decatur, Ga. • Austin Peay
Horton recorded his third double-double of the season on Sunday, scoring 10 points and grabbing a season-high 13 rebounds in a road loss at Arkansas State. The freshman also had four blocks, three steals and two assists in 34 minutes of action. It marked the ninth time in 10 games this season that Horton had at least three blocks in a game; he currently leads the OVC in blocked shots (3.0/game).
Lanerryl Johnson, G • Fr., 6-1, 170 • Atlanta, Ga. • Tennessee Tech
Johnson came off the bench to score 15 points, grab four rebounds, dish out three assists and net three steals as Tennessee Tech went on the road to defeat Milwaukee 69-58 on Saturday. Johnson scored eight of his 15 points after halftime as TTU built a four-point halftime lead back up to double digits. Johnson currently ranks third on the Golden Eagle team in scoring (10.3 points/game).
Others Nominated: none