Feb. 27 Men's Basketball Players of the Week

Go C-USA! Will Barton
Will Barton

Feb. 27, 2012

Memphis sophomore Will Barton won his third C-USA Player of the Week honor after leading Memphis to a pair of conference wins to move the Tigers into sole possession of first place in the C-USA standings entering the final week of the regular standings. Guards Dylan Ennis of Rice and Joseph Young of Houston share C-USA Freshman of the Week honors. Ennis averaged 16.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists for the week, while Young tossed in a career high 27 points in the Cougars' win over SMU. Awards are chosen by a vote from a media panel representing the 12 member schools.

Sophomore, G, Baltimore, Md.

Barton averaged 24.5 points, 7.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 3.0 steals as he led Memphis to a 2-0 week with wins over East Carolina and Marshall. He also shot 55.9 percent from the field and 81.8 percent from the free throw line for the week. In Wednesday's game with ECU, he scored a game-high 25 points and added eight boards, four assists and three steals. He scored 12 of the Tigers final 17 points of first half to help Memphis take a 37-32 halftime lead before winning, 70-47. Barton then netted a game-best 24 points in Tigers' win at Marshall Saturday. He scored his first 10 points in the opening 10 minutes of play. Barton also added six boards, four assists and three steals and sealed the win with back-to-back three-point plays in a minute span (5:06-4:07). The two 20-point games were his 13th and 14th of the season. This is his third C-USA Player of the Week honor this season.

Freshman, G, Brampton, Ontario

Ennis led Rice to a 1-1 record for a week in which the Owls played two of the top four teams in the league standings. He helped the Owls to an 83-74 win against UCF Feb. 22, before scoring a game-high 18 points and grabbing a career-high 10 rebounds Saturday in a two-point loss at Southern Miss. His 3-pointer with 13:18 to play against UCF gave Rice its first lead since early in the game as the Owls charged back from a 15-point deficit in the first half. For the week, Ennis averaged 16.5 points and 7.5 rebounds per game, while shooting 65 percent from the field and knocked down 63.6 percent of his three-point attempts. With seven assists during the week, he now needs just four assists to set a Rice freshman record for assists during a season. This is the second C-USA Freshman of the Week honor for Ennis this season.



Freshman, G, Houston, Texas

Young was the Cougars' leading performer during a 1-1 week, with a win against rival SMU and a loss on the road to Marshall. He topped the team in scoring (21.5), field goals (16), field goal attempts (29), 3-point field goals (4), 3-point attempts (11), free throws (7) and free throw attempts (8). At Marshall, Young finished with 16 points, and teamed with junior forward Leon Gibson to score the final 15 points of the first half and give the Cougars a 31-23 lead at the break. Young then posted a career-high 27 points in Saturday's win over SMU. It was his third 20-point game of the season, and seventh game in a row scoring in double figures. With just a one point lead (60-59), he drained two free throws with two seconds remaining for the final 62-59 margin of victory. This is his second C-USA Freshman of the Week honor this season.

2011-12 C-USA Players of the Week
N14: Steven Idlet, Tulsa
N21: Alandise Harris, Houston
N28: Keith Clanton, UCF
D5: Ricky Tarrant, Tulane
D12: Will Barton, Memphis
D19: Will Barton, Memphis
D26: Darnell Dodson, Southern Miss
D26: Michael Perez, UTEP
J2: Cameron Moore, UAB
J9: A.J. Rompza, UCF
J16: Arsalan Kazemi, Rice
J23: Keith Clanton, UCF
J30: Jordan Clarkson, Tulsa
F6: Cameron Moore, UAB
F13: Isaiah Sykes, UCF
F20: Jonathon Simmons, Houston
F27: Will Barton, Memphis

2011-12 C-USA Freshman of the Week
N14: TaShawn Thomas, Houston
N21: Dylan Ennis, Rice
N28: Ricky Tarrant, Tulane
D5: Ricky Tarrant, Tulane
D12: Julian Washburn, UTEP
D19: Julian Washburn, UTEP
D26: Cedrick Lang, UTEP
J2: TaShawn Thomas, Houston
J9: Julian Washburn, UTEP
J16: Ahmad Ibrahim, Rice
J23: Ricky Tarrant, Tulane
J30: Ricky Tarrant, Tulane
F6: Ricky Tarrant, Tulane
F13: Ricky Tarrant, Tulane
F20: Ricky Tarrant, Tulane
F27: Dylan Ennis, Rice
F27: Joseph Young, Houston

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