NORFOLK, Va. - North Carolina A&T State’s Femi Olujobi was selected as the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Men’s Basketball Player of the Week, the conference announced today. Howard’s R.J. Cole earned Rookie of the Week honors, while Preston Bungei, of Norfolk State, was named Defensive Player of the Week.
Olujobi was the MEAC’s top scorer after the first week of action as he averaged 27 points in two games played. He also averaged seven rebounds and shot 57.6 percent from the field. The 6-8 redshirt junior from Long Island, N.Y. opened the season with a 34-point, 10-rebound performance versus Greensboro College on Friday and followed it up with 20 points and seven rebounds at Clemson as the Aggies finished 1-1 on the week.
Cole had an impressive collegiate debut as he averaged 25 points, 2.5 rebounds, seven (7) assists and 1.5 rebounds in two games played. A 6-1 freshman from Jersey City, N.J., Cole scored 23 points with six assists at George Washington on Friday. On Sunday, Cole scored 27 points and dished out eight assists at Indiana. He also has been impressive from the free throw line with an 85 percent (17-of-20) clip.
Bungei led the MEAC with eight blocks in two games while also averaging two steals and 4.5 defensive rebounds for the Spartans. The 6-6 guard/forward from Albuquerque, N.M. blocked three shots at Auburn on Friday in his season debut while recording career highs in blocks (5) and steals (4) on Monday night versus Lynchburg.
Other Top Performers
Joel Boyce (Coppin State) totaled seven points and five rebounds in two games played at Oregon and UNLV.
Dejuan Clayton (Coppin State) totaled eight points, two rebounds, two assists, and a pair of steals against East Carolina at the Showcase on the Banks Tournament.
Zion Cousins (Howard) accounted for 19 rebounds, two blocks and two steals in games against George Washington and Indiana.
Shawntrez Davis (Bethune-Cookman) averaged 17 points and 9.5 rebounds over two games. He had a 24-point, 11-rebound performance in his Division I debut in the win over Johnson University.
Reginald Gardner, Jr. (North Carolina Central) finished as the second-leading scorer for the Eagles over the first two games with an average of 12 points per game. He also tied for the team lead with six assists and shot 47.4 percent from the floor and 50 percent from the perimeter.
Greg Hackstall (Hampton) recorded his first double-double of the season with 11 points and 10 rebounds against Bluefield.
Jermaine Marrow (Hampton) averaged 19.5 points and seven assists in two games versus Rider and Bluefield. He scored 21 points and had eight assists versus Rider.
Isaiah Martin (Florida A&M) averaged 12 points, 8.5 rebounds and totaled six blocks in his first two games. He recorded a double-double against UNLV with 20 points and 10 rebounds.
Simon Okolue (Delaware State) averaged 14.5 points and was the MEAC’s top rebounder with 9.5 boards highlighted by a double-double in the win over Cairn with 17 points and 12 rebounds.
LaPri McCray-Pace (Morgan State) averaged 12 points, six rebounds, two assists and 1.5 steals thru two games last week. He was one point shy of a double-double with 10 boards and nine points at Binghamton, and followed it up with a game-high 15 points (4-8 FG) to help lead the Bears to a big win at South Florida.
Mastadi Pitt (Norfolk State) averaged 20.5 points in two games against Auburn and Lynchburg College while shooting 57 percent from the field.
Kamron Reaves (Florida A&M) averaged eight points, four rebounds and 2.5 assists in his first two collegiate games.
Adam Traore (Coppin State) was Coppin State’s top rebounder and second-leading scorer in two games with 6.5 rebounds and 9.5 points. He also shot 92.3 (12-of-13) percent from the charity stripe.
Desmond Williams (Florida A&M) posted 15 points and eight rebounds to open the season against Grand Canyon and recorded a team-high 21 points and seven rebounds against UNLV.