North Carolina Central's Patrick Cole was selected as the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Men’s Basketball Player of the Week, the conference announced today. Hampton’s Jermaine Marrow earned Rookie of the Week honors, while Jordan Butler, of Norfolk State, and Demola Onifade, of Delaware State, were named Co-Defensive Player of the Week.
Cole guided North Carolina Central to another 2-0 weekend and its ninth straight win as he averaged 27 points, seven rebounds, seven assists and a steal in wins over Coppin State and South Carolina State. The 6-5 redshirt senior guard from Newark, N.J. also shot 50 percent from the field and 78.9 percent from the free throw line. At Coppin State on Feb. 6, Cole scored 27 points with eight rebounds and six assists before closing the week out with a 27-point, eight-assist, six-rebound outing versus South Carolina State. Cole is the reigning MEAC Player of the Week and has earned the honor six times this season.
Marrow has continued to build on a strong freshman campaign as he averaged 22 points, seven assists and 3.5 rebounds en route to a 2-0 mark last week. The freshman from Newport News, Va. scored 21 points with four assists at South Carolina State on Feb. 6. In his first rivalry game against Howard on Feb. 11, Marrow produced a double-double of 23 points, 10 assists and four rebounds while also nailing 11-of-12 free throws. He has achieved MEAC Rookie of the Week honors five times this season as Hampton has won five straight contests.
Onifade had a breakout performance last week as he tied for the MEAC lead with six blocks in two games. A 6-9, 245-pound center from Lagos, Nigeria, Onifade blocked a career-high five shots in a win at Morgan State while also pulling down nine rebounds. At Florida A&M on Feb. 6, Onifade logged six rebounds with a blocked shot as Delaware State is on its longest winning (4) streak since 2014-15.
Butler rose to the occasion once again for the red-hot Spartans as he averaged three blocks and nine rebounds during Norfolk State’s 2-0 week. The Hartford, Conn. native grabbed 12 rebounds and blocked three shots at Savannah State while blocking three shots with six rebounds versus Maryland Eastern Shore as NSU has won eight straight. This marks the fourth time Butler has been named MEAC Defensive Player of the Week in 2016-17.
Other Top Performers
Dejuan Clayton (CSU) scored a team-high 20 points, including three 3-pointers, against North Carolina Central.
Marcus Barham (FAMU) averaged 15.5 points, four rebounds, 1.5 assists and 0.5 steals against North Carolina A&T State and Delaware State.
AJ Astroth (HAM) finished with 21 points, on 9-of-13 shooting, 18 rebounds, one block and two steals against South Carolina State and Howard.
Jonathan Wade (NSU) has posted three consecutive double-doubles with a pair versus Savannah State and Maryland Eastern Shore as he averaged 22 points and 12 rebounds over the past two games.
Del’Vin Dickerson (NCCU) shot 52.6 percent (10-of-19) from the floor to record 25 points against Coppin State and South Carolina State.