North Vancouver's Robert Sacre has been having a little bit of an up and down type of season but last week he put together two great games that led to a couple of Gonzaga wins and gave us a glimpse of the player he could be. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
This week, we have to honor a guy that seems like his putting it all together after an extended time getting comfortable from an early season injury. Rob Sacre looked like the player of old last week and after to big games that helped to keep Gonzaga one game behind the conference leaders, he gets our nod for the NC-Double-Eh Player of the Week ...
Player of the Week
Robert Sacre - Senior, Gonzaga
After having dipped for a few weeks following an injury in mid December, Robert Sacre has finally come out of his funk and put together to great games for that led to a pair of much needed conference wins for Gonzaga. In the two victories, he averaged 16 points, 8.5 rebounds, a steal and 1.5 blocks in 26.5 minutes. He shot a blistering 11-of-15 from the floor and an equally impressive 10-for-13 from the free throw line to earn his first NC-Double-Eh Player of the Week nod.
In Gonzaga's 74-63 win over a tough San Francisco team Jan. 19, Sacre went for 14 points, 6 rebounds, a steal and a block in 28 minutes of court time. He was a perfect 4-for-4 from the floor and 6-of-9 from the line.
Two days later against San Diego at home Jan. 21, Sacre had his fifth double-double of the season going for 18 points and 11 rebounds in 25 minutes in the 77-60 blowout win. He included 2 blocks, an assist and a steal also to his line and he shot 11-of-15 from the field and perfect 4-of-4 from the line.
For the season, Sacre is averaging 11.4 points, 6.7 rebounds, 1.5 blocks and 0.9 assists in 25.2 minutes. He's shooting .492 from the floor and .769 from the free throw line. He is currently third on the team in scoring, second in rebounding and first in blocks. Sacre also ranks among the top ten in the West Coast Conference in several categories including rebounding (6th), field goal percentage (10th), blocks (2nd), offensive rebounds (tied for 10th with 2.2) and defensive rebounds (7th with 4.5).
Honorable Mention: Andrew Nicholson, St. Bonaventure - 19 pts, 9 rebs, 3 asts, 2 stls, 3 blks, 6-of-9 FGs, 7-of-7 FTs in 24 mins vs. Fordham.
Rookie of the Week
Justin Edwards - Freshman, Maine
Justin Edwards is looking like a runaway winner of this earning this distinction for the ** time this season. Last week he averaged 14 points, 5.7 rebounds, 5 assists, 1.3 steal and a block in 28.7 minutes of action in three Maine losses. He shot 16-of-38 from the floor (including 2-of-7 from the three) and 8-of-15 from the line to earn another NC-Double-Eh Rookie of the Week.
In Maine's 79-65 road loss to Vermont on Jan. 16, Edwards went for a team high 19 points to go with 3 rebounds, 7 assists, a steal and 2 blocks in 33 minutes of burn. He shot 8-of-19 from the field and 3-of-5 from the stripe.
Three days later at home against Hartford, Maine took a 63-49 loss but Edwards was solid going for 9 points, 5 rebounds, 2 steals, an assist and a block in 23 minutes.
Jan. 21 he came back with a strong performance in a tight 58-52 loss at home to Stony Brook, Edwards posted a near triple-double going for 14 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists while also adding a steal in his 30 minutes. He shot 4-of-7 from the floor making one three and 5-of-7 from the line.
For the season, Edwards is averaging 15.2 points, 6.2 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 0.8 blocks and 1.7 steals in 30.9 minutes per game. He's shooting .477 from the floor, .351 from beyond the arc and .707 from the line. He's currently second on the team in scoring, rebounding, assists and minutes played while leading in steals. Edwards currently is ranked in the top ten in the America East conference in scoring (5th), rebounding (6th), field goal percentage (5th), assists (8th), steals (2nd), blocks (tied for 5th), offensive rebounds (8th with 2.2) and defensive rebounds (tied for 8th with 4).
Honorable Mention: Dylan Ennis, Rice - 10 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 3.5 apg, 3 spg, 1 bpg, 7-of-15 FGs, 2-of-4 3PT FGS, 4-of-6 FTs, 30.5 mpg in two games vs. UAB Jan. 18 and Jan. 21 vs. Tulsa.