Your official OVC players of the Week — as selected by OVC Sports Information Directors
Chris Horton, C • Jr., 6-9, 212 • Decatur, Ga. • Austin Peay
Horton recorded just the 10th triple-double in OVC history when he had 15 points, 13 rebounds and 10 blocks in Austin Peay’s 68-63 victory over Berea on Sunday. He is the first OVC player to accomplish the feat since 2008-09 and first APSU player to do so since Trenton Hassell in 2000-01. His 10 blocks were the most in Austin Peay single-game history as he increased his career blocks total to 206, making him one of just six OVC individuals to record 200-plus blocks in a career. Horton started the week with 15 points, four rebounds and four blocks in a loss at Western Kentucky. For the week the junior averaged 15.0 points, 8.5 rebounds and 7.0 blocks/game while hitting 48.0 percent (12-of-25) from the field.
Corey Walden, G • Sr., 6-2, 189 • Daytona Beach, Fla. • Eastern Kentucky
In his team’s season-opening 76-53 victory over Savannah State, Walden had 20 points, eight steals and five assists. Playing his first game as EKU’s primary point guard, Walden had just three turnovers in 38 minutes of play. His defense fueled a 17-3 run midway through the second half and helped the Colonels put away the Tigers; to spark that run Walden, the reigning OVC Defensive Player of the Year, had a steal and old-fashioned 3-point play followed by a second steal which led to a basket and account for the first five points of that spurt. Walden hit 6-of-12 (50%) field goals and 8-of-9 (88.9%) free throws.
Others Nominated: Evan Bradds, Belmont; Chris Olivier, Eastern Illinois; Avery Moore, Jacksonville State; Angelo Warner, Morehead State; Cameron Payne, Murray State; Donivine Stewart, SIUE; Marcus Roper, Tennessee State; Mason Ramsey, Tennessee Tech.
Denzel Richardson, G • Jr., 6-5, 200 • Baltimore, Md. • Eastern Kentucky
Richardson, a transfer from Pensacola State College, had 11 points and 10 rebounds in his Eastern Kentucky debut, a 76-53 victory over Savannah State. The junior hit 3-of-6 field goals and 1-of-2 3-pointers while also knocking down four free throws. Richardson also added an assist and a steal in 19 minutes off the bench.
Others Nominated: Taylor Barnette, Belmont; JaQuail Townser, Jacksonville State; Justin Seymour, Murray State; Aaron Adeoye, Southeast Missouri; Jake Newton, SIUE; Marcus Roper, Tennessee State; Charles Jackson, Tennessee Tech; Deville Smith, UT Martin.
Mason Ramsey, F • R-Fr., 6-6, 220 • Livingston, Tenn. • Tennessee Tech
Ramsey made his collegiate debut in coming off the bench to score 14 points and grab 14 rebounds in Tennessee Tech’s 83-29 victory over Piedmont International. Ramsey was the first Tennessee Tech freshman to record a double-double in his first career game since Earl Wise (the program’s all-time leading rebounder) accomplished the feat in 1986. Ramsey hit 6-of-11 (54.5%) shots and also had two steals, a block and an assist in just 20 minutes of action.
Others Nominated: Josh Robinson, Austin Peay; Cornell Johnston, Eastern Illinois; C.J. Carr, SIUE; Zachary Lee, Tennessee State.