Feb. 17 Men's Basketball Players of the Week

Go C-USA! Kerry Hammonds II
Kerry Hammonds II

Feb. 17, 2014

Middle Tennessee senior Kerry Hammonds II and UTEP's Vince Hunter were selected Player and Freshman of the Week, respectively, by a media panel representing the 16 member schools. Hammonds averaged 22.0 points as he helped the Blue Raiders extend their conference-best win streak to seven games. Hunter earned his fourth Freshman of the Week honor of the season following a week in which he averaged a team-best 19.5 points and 5.5 rebounds per game for the Miners.

Senior, 6-5, 210, G/F, Murfreesboro, Tenn.

Hammonds averaged 22.0 points per game in a pair of victories that extended the Blue Raiders win streak to seven games and helped them claim a share of the top spot in the C-USA standings. He shot 58.8 percent from three-point range, connecting on 10-of-17, and 14-of-24 (.583) from the floor. Hammonds was also a perfect 6-for-6 from the line. He hit six three-pointers in an 81-64 win over Southern Miss Saturday to tie his career-best mark. Hammonds led the Raiders with a season-best 26 points against the Golden Eagles, shooting 8-for-13 (.615) from the floor and going 4-for-4 from the line. He was 5-for-6 from behind the arc in the first half to help MT tie its program record of nine threes in a half. In Thursday's 71-44 win over Tulane, Hammonds went 6-for-11 from the floor and 4-for-7 from long distance en route to 18 points. He snagged 5.0 rebounds a contest, while handing out 2.5 assists for the week. This is his first C-USA Player of the Week honor of the season and his career.

Freshman, 6-8, 200, F, Detroit, Mich.

Hunter averaged 19.5 points and 5.5 rebounds as UTEP went 1-1 on the week in conference play. He led the Miners with 18 points versus Florida Atlantic Feb. 13. Hunter then registered his team-leading fourth 20-point game of the season against FIU, contributing 21 points, seven rebounds and three assists. He was 7-for-11 from the field and 7-for-8 from the line versus the Panthers. He made 13-of-25 shots (.520) and 13-of-17 free throws (.765) for the week. This is Hunter's fourth C-USA Freshman of the Week honor.



C-USA Players of the Week
N11: Rakeem Buckles, FIU / Elijah Pittman, Marshall
N18: Louis Dabney, Tulane / C.J. Washington, UAB
N25: Chad Frazier, UAB
D2: Chad Frazier, UAB
D9: Pablo Bertone, Florida Atlantic
D16: Shawn Jones, Middle Tennessee
D23: Jonathan Stark, Tulane
D30: John Bohannon, UTEP
J6: Alex Hamilton, Louisiana Tech
J13: John Bohannon, UTEP
J20: Michael Craig, Southern Miss
J27: Kenneth "Speedy" Smith, LA Tech / Neil Watson, Southern Miss
F3: Shawn Jones, Middle Tennessee
F10: Akeem Richmond, East Carolina
F17: Kerry Hammonds, Middle Tennessee

C-USA Freshmen of the Week
N11: Matt Willms, UTEP
N18: Jonathan Stark, Tulane
N25: Sean Obi, Rice
D2: Kareem Canty, Marshall
D9: Kareem Canty, Marshall
D16: Kareem Canty, Marshall
D23: Jonathan Stark, Tulane
D30: Vince Hunter, UTEP
J6: Ryan Taylor, Marshall
J13: Jonathan Stark, Tulane
J20: Vince Hunter, UTEP
J27: Ryan Taylor, Marshall
F3: Vince Hunter, UTEP
F10: Marquan Botley, Florida Atlantic
F17: Vince Hunter, UTEP

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