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The NC-Double-Eh Player of the Week - Jan. 10 - 16

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This week we have a player not named Andrew Nicholson or Tyler Murray getting the top honors.  On the strength of his great week we are pleased to announce that Rob Sacre is our Can Ball Report's NC-Double-Eh Player of the Week ...


Player of the Week

Rob Sacre (North Vancouver) – Junior, Gonzaga

This week was an amazing week for Rob Sacre.  In Gonzaga’s two blowout wins this past week, Mr. Sacre lead the way for his team averaging 21 points, 5 rebounds, 1.5 assists, a steal and 4 blocks in a very efficient 24 minutes per game.  He shot an amazing 17-of-22 from the floor and 8-of-9 from the free throw line also.  With his credentials from those two games it was almost impossible not name Sacre our NC-Double-Eh Player of the Week. 


In the Bulldogs 92-75 win over Pepperdine on Jan. 13, Sacre had a great game putting up a career high 24 points on a perfect 8-of-8 from the floor and matching the feat by going 8-of-8 from the line in a brief 21 minutes of action.  He also added 3 rebounds, 2 assists and 3 blocks for the Zagswho ran away with the game handily.


In Gonzaga’s game two nights later against Loyola Marymount, Sacre led the way again for the Bulldogs posting a team high 18 points coming on 9-of-15 shooting from the floor.  He also grabbed 7 rebounds, had 2 steals, an assist and blocked 5 shots in 27 minutes to help secure the 79-59 win. 


For the season, Sacre is averaging 13.8 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 1.3 assists, 1.1 steals and 1.9 blocks in 27.1 minutes per game and is shooting 52.3% from the floor and 81.9% from the line.  He is currently leads his team in rebounding, blocks and free throw percentage while placing second in scoring, steals and minutes played.  Sacre’s totals place him in the top 10 in the West Coast Conference in several statistical categories including scoring (7th, one spot behind teammate Steven Gray), rebounding (7th), field goal percentage (6th), free throw percentage (5th), blocks (1st), offensive rebounds (5th) and defensive rebounds (tied for 7th). 


Honorable Mention:  Jamie Vanderbeken, Iowa State – 20 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 1.5 apg, 13-of-22 FGs, 11-of-18 3PT FGs, 3-of-3 FTs, 37.5 mpg over two games.


Rookie of the Week

Tristan Thompson (Brampton, ON) – Freshman, Texas

Tristan Thompson has looked nothing like a freshman all year and he used this past week to make his case for freshman of the year in the Big 12 Conference.  In the Longhorns’ two wins last week, Thompson averaged 17.5 ppg, 7 rpg, 2 apg, 1 spg and 1.5 bpg in 28.5 minutes.  He shot a very good 12-of-21from the field in that time and earned his second Can Ball Report NC-Double-Eh Rookie of the Week. 


In Texas’ win on Jan. 11 over in-state rival Texas A&M, Thompson helped the ‘Horns blow out the Aggies at home 83-52.  In the game, he posted a game high 20 points on 7-of-11 shooting from the floor and 6-of-11 free throws.  Thompson included 6 rebounds, 2 assists, a steal and 2 blocks in 29 minutes in the big win.


In the Longhorns’ next game four days later, Thompson posted a similar game helping orchestrate another blow out win this time over Oklahoma.  In his 28 minutes, he had 15 points on 5-of-10 from the field and 5-of-10 from the line while grabbing a team high 8 boards as well as having 2 assists, a steal and a block in the 66-46 victory.


For the season, Thompson is averaging 12.8 ppg, 7.8 rpg, 1.2 apg, 1.2 spgand is shooting 52.7% from the field in 29.9 mpg. He is leads his team in rebounding, blocks and is second in both scoring and steals.  Thompson is currently ranked in the Top 20 in the Big 12 in several statistical categories including scoring (17th), rebounding (5th), blocks (3rd) and offensive rebounds (1st with 4.1 per game).


Honorable Mention:  Laurent Rivard, Harvard – 16 pts, 3 rebs, 4-of-6 FGs, 3-of-4 3PT FGs, 5-of-7 FTs, 26 mins vs. George Washington Jan. 15.


Line of the Week

Rob Sacre (North Vancouver) – Junior, Gonzaga

A regular reader reminded me that Belleville, ON’s Jamie Vanderbeken had an amazing shooting game Jan. 15 where he went off for 21 points going 7-of-8 from the three point line and that this should be given the title of line of the week.  Well, I was all set to commend him for the choice and reader to write about Mr. Vanderbeken when I poured over the other players’stats from the last week and found someone with a better stat line.  And that player is Rob Sacre. 

Now I’m a little reluctant to place a player in two places here primarily because I want to have as many players featured as possible but Rob Sacre’s line is undeniably great.  He posted 24 points shooting 8-of-8 from the floor AND 8-of-8 from the free throw line.  He was perfect from everywhere that game and he did it in 21 minutes.  That means that Sacre took and made a shot on an average of 2.6 minutes.  That also means that he took a free throw on average at the same clip.  All that it means that Sacre was dropping 3 points every 2.6 minutes during the game.  Unfortunately the perfect Sacre trumps Vanderbeken’s 7 threes in 35 minutes.