The Ohio Valley Conference’s Selections for top player, newcomer, and freshman of the past week.
Corey Wilford, G • Sr., 6-2, 180 • Hopkinsville, Ky. • Southeast Missouri
Wilford averaged 21.0 points, 3.0 assists and 1.5 rebounds/game while hitting 56.0 percent (14-of-25) from the field and 61.9 percent (13-of-21) from 3-point range in road victories over Austin Peay and Murray State, the first time in school history Southeast Missouri had swept those teams on the same road trip. At Austin Peay the senior hit his first six 3-point attempts and finished the game 8-of-12 from long range as he had a team-high 26 points and helped the team end a 14-game losing streak in Clarksville. Two days later he knocked down 5-of-9 3-pointers and scored 16 points at Murray State as Southeast topped the Racers on their home court for the first time since the 2006-07 season.
Others Nominated: Kerron Johnson, Belmont; Mike DiNunno, Eastern Kentucky; Tarvin Gaines, Jacksonville State; Isaiah Canaan, Murray State; Kellen Thornton, Tennessee State; Jud Dillard, Tennessee Tech; Mike Liabo, UT Martin.
A.J. Jones, G • Jr., 6-4, 200 • Memphis, Tenn. • Southeast Missouri
Jones did not miss a field goal attempt in two games last week as Southeast Missouri won a pair of road games to earn the No. 6 seed in this week’s OVC Tournament. The transfer from Paris Junior College averaged 13.5 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists/game while hitting 9-of-9 from the floor, 4-of-4 from 3-point range and 5-of-6 at the free throw line. Jones started the week with seven points, four rebounds and five assists in just 13 minutes of action against Austin Peay. Two days later he hit 6-of-6 field goals, including 4-of-4 from 3-point range, on his way to 20 points at Murray State. He scored 15 of those 20 points in only eight first half minutes as the Redhawks topped the West Division leaders by 16 points.
Others Nominated: Sherman Blanford, Eastern Illinois; Glenn Cosey, Eastern Kentucky; Justin Childs, UT Martin.
Chris Horton, C • Fr., 6-8, 205 • Decatur, Ga. • Austin Peay
Horton capped his rookie season by averaging 11.0 points, 5.5 rebounds and 4.5 blocks/game while hitting 53.3 percent (8-of-15) from the field and 85.7 percent (6-of-7) from the free throw line in a pair of games. Horton had 12 points, four rebounds and two blocks in a loss to Southeast Missouri and followed it with 10 points, seven rebounds and seven blocked shots in the season-ending victory over UT Martin. That marked the fourth time this season Horton had blocked seven shots in a game. He finished the year with 100 blocks, the fourth-most in OVC single-season history. Horton earned OVC Freshman of the Week honors nine times this season, the second-most in OVC history (behind only 11 awards from EKU’s Matt Witt in the 2002-03 season). Horton’s 3.2 blocks/game currently ranks sixth nationally.
Others Nominated: Alex Austin, Eastern Illinois; Jeffery Moss, Murray State; Lanerryl Johnson, Tennessee Tech.