Mountain West Names Men's Basketball Player of the Week
Jan. 28, 2013
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - San Diego State sophomore forward JJ O'Brien has been named Mountain West Men's Basketball Player of the Week for games through January 27. This is O'Brien's first career MW weekly accolade.
O'Brien, a 6-7 forward, made back-to-back starts at point guard while helping then-No. 25 San Diego State post the only 2-0 record in Mountain West action last week as the Aztecs picked up a road win at Nevada and defeated then-No. 15/17 New Mexico (previously unbeaten in MW play) at home.
At Nevada, O'Brien netted a season-high 12 points on 4-of-5 field goals and 4-of-7 free-throws, adding three rebounds and two assists as SDSU stopped a two-game skid with the 78-57 victory. In Saturday's 55-34 win over first-place New Mexico, the Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., native matched his season high with 12 points while also tallying a season-best 10 rebounds, including seven offensive boards, for his first double-double as an Aztec. In addition to shooting 6-of-10 from the floor, the sophomore contributed two assists, two blocks and one steal against the Lobos.
For the week, O'Brien averaged 12.0 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.0 blocks and 0.5 steals per game while shooting 66.7 percent (10-of-15) from the field and 57.1 percent (4-of-7) from the free throw line. He also registered four assists to just one turnover during the two-game span.
MW Men's Basketball Players of the Week:
Nov. 12 - Colton Iverson, Sr., C, Colorado State
Nov. 19 - Deonte Burton, Jr., G, Nevada; Tony Snell, Jr., G, New Mexico
Nov. 26 - Colton Iverson, Sr., C, Colorado State
Dec. 3 - Derrick Marks, So., G, Boise State
Dec. 10 - Anthony Bennett, Fr., F, UNLV
Dec. 17 - Anthony Drmic, So., G/F, Boise State
Dec. 24 - Pierce Hornung, Sr., F, Colorado State
Dec. 31 - Alex Kirk, So., C, New Mexico
Jan. 7 - Leonard Washington, Sr., F, Wyoming
Jan. 14 - Alex Kirk, So., C, New Mexico; Jamaal Franklin, Jr., G, San Diego State
Jan. 21 - Dorian Green, Sr., G, Colorado State
Jan. 28 - JJ O'Brien, So., F, San Diego State