The Ohio Valley Conference’s selections for player, newcomer, and freshman of the past week:
Patrick Miller, G • Jr., 6-1, 189 • Chicago, Ill. • Tennessee State
Miller was near perfect in Tennessee State’s 67-59 OVC-opening victory over Eastern Illinois on Saturday. The junior hit his first four shots from the field and missed only one attempt on the night on his way to a career-high 28 points. Miller hit 7-of-8 (87.5%) field goal attempts, was a perfect 3-of-3 from 3-point range and connected on all 11 of his charity stripe attempts (including 6-of-6 in the final 36 seconds) in the win. The 28 points was the most by a TSU player not named Robert Covington since January 2009. Miller also added four rebounds, two assists and two blocked shots in 35 minutes of action. Miller currently leads the OVC in assists (5.6/game) and steals (2.1/game).
Others Nominated: Anthony Campbell, Austin Peay; Ian Clark, Belmont; Glenn Cosey, Eastern Kentucky; Brian Williams, Jacksonville State; Isaiah Canaan, Murray State; Tyler Stone, Southeast Missouri; Jeremy Washington, UT Martin.
Glenn Cosey, G • Jr., 6-0, 182 • Flint, Mich. • Eastern Kentucky
Cosey earned his fourth OVC Newcomer of the Week honor of the season after scoring 21 points in Eastern Kentucky’s narrow loss at West Virginia on Sunday. Cosey hit 8-of-14 (57.1%) shots and 5-of-10 (50%) 3-pointers while also pulling down four rebounds, dishing out two assists and not committing a turnover in 36 minutes of action. The transfer from Columbus State Community College keyed a second half comeback that saw EKU overcome a 16-point deficit to take a two-point lead with less than five minutes to play. His fifth 3-pointer of the game cut the WVU margin to just three with 24 seconds to play. Cosey currently leads the OVC in minutes played (36.5/game), ranks third in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.4), third in 3-pointers made (2.9/game), fourth in steals (1.8/game), sixth in scoring (16.5 points/game) and seventh in 3-point percentage (43.2%).
Others Nominated: Jeremiah Samarrippas, Tennessee Tech; Tobias Dowdell, UT Martin.
Alex Austin, G • Fr., 6-4, 190 • Chicago, Ill. • Eastern Illinois
Austin earned his second-straight OVC Freshman of the Week honors after scoring 18 points in the team’s road OVC loss at Tennessee State on Saturday. Austin led the team in scoring after hitting 6-of-9 (66.7%) shots and 5-of-6 free throws. It marked his fifth double-double scoring game this season, and third in his last four contests overall. He also added two steals in 25 minutes of action off the bench. Austin currently ranks 10th in the OVC in field goal percentage (49.0%).
Others Nominated: none