The Ohio Valley Conference’s selections for top player, newcomer, and freshman of the past week.
Ian Clark, G • Sr., 6-3, 175 • Memphis, Tenn. • Belmont
Clark averaged 31.0 points, 3.5 rebounds, 1.5 steals, 1.0 assists and 1.0 blocks/game while hitting 82.8 percent (24-of-29) from the field and 69.2 percent (9-of-13) from 3-point range as Belmont won a pair of OVC games by an average of 36 points/contest. Against Southeast Missouri the senior scored 30 points on 12-of-14 (85.7%) shooting (including 4-of-5 from 3-point range) while also pulling down three rebounds, netting three steals and dishing out two assists in 32 minutes of action. Two days later he recorded a new career-high of 32 points (24 of which came in the first half) against UT Martin, hitting 12-of-15 (80%) shots (including 5-of-8 from 3-point range) while also grabbing four rebounds and blocking two shots in only 28 minutes of action. The two 30-point games during the week gave him five for his four-year career; three of those outings have come this year, making him the only OVC player to score 30 or more points in a game this season. Clark ranks first in the OVC and 10th nationally in 3-pointers made/game (3.4) and second in the OVC and eighth nationally in 3-point percentage (47.8%).
Others Nominated: Travis Betran, Austin Peay; Mike DiNunno, Eastern Kentucky; Brian Williams, Jacksonville State; Isaiah Canaan, Murray State; Tyler Stone, Southeast Missouri; Michael Messer, SIUE; Kellen Thornton, Tennessee State; Jud Dillard, Tennessee Tech; Myles Taylor, UT Martin.
Travis Betran, G • Jr., 6-3, 185 • Harlem, N.Y. • Austin Peay
Betran, the transfer from Kilgore College, earned his fifth OVC Newcomer of the Week honor of the season after averaging 23.5 points, 4.0 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 2.5 steals/game last week. The junior hit 8-of-17 (47.1%) from 3-point range and 86.7 percent (13-of-15) from the free throw line as Austin Peay topped Morehead State in overtime and lost by three points to rival Murray State. Against MSU Betran hit the game-winning, fall-away 3-pointer as time expired in the extra period to give APSU the 84-81 victory and snap and eight-game losing streak. In that game he scored 20 points on 3-of-6 3-point shooting while also adding four rebounds, two steals and two assists. Against the Racers he hit a trio of 3-pointers in the final minute, including one that became a four-point play, as the Govs came up just short. Betran finished that game with 27 points (5-of-11 3-point shooting), five assists, four rebounds and three steals. Betran currently leads the OVC in scoring in Conference-only games (24.8 points/game) and ranks fourth overall in all contests (17.8/game).
Others Nominated: Sherman Blanford, Eastern Illinois; Tarius Johnson, Eastern Kentucky; Justin Childs, UT Martin.
Craig Bradshaw, G • Fr., 6-3, 205 • Franklin, Tenn. • Belmont
In two Belmont blowout victories last week, Bradshaw averaged 6.5 points, 3.0 assists, 2.0 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 1.0 blocks/game while hitting 50 percent (5-of-10) from the field and 75 percent (3-of-4) from 3-point range. Coming off the bench against UT Martin the freshman hit 3-of-3 3-pointers on his way to a season-high 11 points in just 15 minutes of action. He also had two steals, two blocks, an assist and a rebound in the win. In a victory over Southeast Missouri to begin the week Bradshaw had two points, three rebounds, two assists and a steal in 16 minutes of action off the bench.
Others Nominated: Jeffery Moss, Murray State.