Today, we honor a player that has had back-to-back periods of great performances in a very tough conference. Despite suffering two upset losses by his Bulldogs, that was not enough to discourage us from selecting him. For this week we give you Rob Sacre as our NC-Double-eh Player of the Week ...
Player of the Week
Rob Sacre (North Vancouver) – Junior, Gonzaga
This week was a tough one for Gonzaga but you would never know from the way that Rob Sacre played. In the Zags’ two losses, he averaged 15 points, 8 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2 blocks in 33 minutes per game. He is still shooting very well going 11-of-19 from the floor and a perfect 8-of-8 from the line. These numbers are why we are tabbing Sacre the NC-Double-Eh Player of the Week.
In Gonzaga’s 85-71 upset loss on the road to Santa Clara20, Sacre was brilliant in defeat. In his 35 minutes of action, he totaled 16 points, a game-high 7 rebounds, an assist and a block. He also shot 4-of-8 from the floor and made all 8 of his free throw attempts in the losing cause.
In the Zags’ next game two days later, Sacre was again brilliant in the tight 96-91 loss to San Francisco in overtime. In 31 minutes, he posted 14 points, a team high 9 rebounds, 4 assists, a steal and three blocks while shooting 7-of-11 from the floor.
For the season Sacre is averaging 13.9 points, 6.8 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 1 steal and 1.9 blocks in 27.7 minutes. He currently leads the team in rebounding and blocks shots while placing second in scoring and steals. Sacre’s totals place him in the top ten in the West Coast Conference in scoring (9th), rebounding (7th), FG% (5th with 52.9%), FT% (4th with 83.2%), blocks (1st), offensive rebounds (3rd with 2.7) and defensive rebounds (8th with 4.1).
Honorable Mention: Diego Kapelan, McNeese State – 19.5 ppg, 3 rpg, 13-of-32 FGs, 6-of-19 3PT FGs, 9-of-10 FTs, 33.5 mpg in two games.
Rookie of the Week
Tristan Thompson (Brampton, ON) – Freshman, Texas
Tristan Thompson had a huge week coming up big in two very big early conference games. In his two games, Thompson averaged 15 points, 6 rebounds and 4.5 blocks while shooting 11-of-19 from the floor and a remarkable (for him that is) 8-of-11 from the floor in 34 minutes per game. It’s not surprise that Thompson won the Big 12 Conference Rookie of the Week and so we will honor him as well selecting him as our Can Ball Report NC-Double-Eh Rookie of the Week.
In the Longhorns’ first game against then ranked Texas A&M, Thompson helped lead the way to an 81-60 crushing win over the Aggies. In the game, he had 18 points, 6 rebounds, an assist and 4 blocks in 30 minutes of action to help win the win. Thompson shot 11-of-19 from the floor and 2-of-3 from the line.
In the next Texas game against Kansas two days later, Thompson was very good again. Playing in all but two minutes in the big 74-63 upset win on the Jayhawks' home court, he posted 12 points, 6 rebounds, a steal and 5 blocked shots. He also shot 3-of-7 from the floor and 6-of-8 from the line.
For the season, Thompson is averaging 13.1 points, 7.6 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 1.2 steals and 2.2 blocks in 30.4 minutes per game. He currently leads the team in rebounding, steals and blocks while placing second in scoring. Thompson’s per game averages rank among the top 20 in scoring (17th) rebounding (5th), blocks (1st) and offensive rebounds (1st with 3.9).
Line of the Week
Olu Ashaolu (Toronto) – Junior, Louisiana Tech
Since Olu Ashaolu dropped his last double-double in his first game of 2011 he’s been on a little slump. Since that Jan. 5 contest, Ashaolu was averaging 6 points and 8.3 rebounds which, if you’ve been keeping tabs on Olu all season, are not really Olu standards. Even with Louisiana Tech on a serious losing streak , we all should have known that he was bound to snap out of his personal spiral and he did so this past Saturday in a big, big way. Even though his team was riding a seven game slide, Olu did everything he possibly could in that game to try to get the win against Nevada. In 34 minutes of action against the Wolf Pack in the tough 66-58 loss, Ashaolu had 26 points (11-of-19 from the floor including making all four of his fouls shots and his lone three) and a season high 17 rebounds! He also added 2 assists and a steal for good measure. He posted the highest rebound total by a Canadian this season beating out the 15 that Tristan Thompson had a few weeks ago. Toss in the great FG% and the point total and there is no question that Olu should be given the spotlight for his great performance, even if his team did loss that game.