Updated: December 24, 2012 12:12 pm (ET)
by America East Communications
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Two of America East's young stars had impressive performances to earn this week's men's basketball weekly awards. The winners for the week ending Dec. 23 were announced Monday afternoon.
University of Maine's Justin Edwards recorded a double-double to lead his team to a win over Florida Gulf Coast Saturday to earn Player of the Week honors, while Stony Brook's University's Jameel Warney averaged 17 points and six rebounds in a pair of games to take home Rookie of the Week accolades for the fourth time already this season.
Edwards (Whitby, Ontario) stuffed the stat sheet with 27 points, 11 rebounds, five assists and three steals in Maine's win of FGCU to become the league's first multiple Player of the Week this season. Edwards, who also earned the award on Dec. 3, shot 9-of-14 from the field to pace the Black Bears over the Eagles, who knocked off Miami earlier this season and have an RPI of 75. The sophomore guard leads the conference averaging 17.9 points per game.
Warney (Plainfield, N.J.) led Stony Brook to a 1-1 week, scoring 17 points in both games and averaging six boards and three blocks to pick up his second straight Rookie of the Week honor and fourth of the season. The freshman forward began his week by contributing 17 points on 8-of-9 shooting, eight boards and three blocks in a 64-59 win at Sacred Heart Tuesday. He then had 17 points on 7-of-11 shooting, four boards and three blocks as the Seawolves nearly knocked off Maryland Friday. For the season, Warney is averaging 12.4 points, 7.5 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game and ranks seventh nationally shooting 64.7 percent from the field.
America East Notes... in 140 Characters or Less - #AEHOOPS
America East’s conference RPI of 24 (Collegiate Basketball News Dec. 24 Report) is eight spots higher than at this time a year ago ... America East’s 48 wins through 103 games are 16 more than through as many games last season. ... Stony Brook has the conference’s best RPI (81) ... Six of America East's nine schools have better RPIs this season at the same point last season ... Albany's 9-3 start is its best 11-game record as a Division I program ... Stony Brook beat Sacred Heart and nearly upset Maryland last week ... The Seawolves' 8-3 start is their best 11-game start at the Division I level ... Hartford beat Marist, 56-46, Saturday, its fifth win in its last seven games ... The Hawks’ 7-5 record is their best through seven games in 16 seasons ... Hartford seven non-league wins are its most since the 1989-90 season and second-most in its Division I history ... Boston U. used a 16-2 late second-half run to beat Cornell Saturday, its fifth win in its last six games ... Boston U. is the lone America East team with five players averaging over eight points per game ... Vermont won for the third time in its last four games by beating Fairleigh Dickinson Saturday ... The Cats are 3-1 at home this year and 12-1 in their last 13 games dating back to last season ... Mike Black hit a layup with 3.2 seconds left to lift Albany to a 63-62 win at reigning Pac-12 regular-season champion Washington on Nov. 13 ... The win was America East’s 10th over a BCS-conference program since 2008 Vermont's Brian Voelkel was named a Lou Henson preseason All-American prior to the season ... Albany, Stony Brook and Vermont are receiving votes in the College Insider Mid-Major Top-25 ... Albany and Vermont were selected for ESPN’s BracketBusters Pool on Nov. 15 ... The conference office announced on Nov. 29 that Albany's SEFCU Arena will host the 2014 America East Basketball Championship ... America East ranked third out of 31 conferences in the NCAA’s latest APR and GSR rankings in men’s basketball.
2012-13 America East Men’s Basketball Weekly Award Winners
Nov. 12 – Player of the Week: Ryan Cook (UMBC); Rookie of the Week: Jameel Warney (Stony Brook)
Nov. 19 – Player of the Week: Jacob Iati (Albany); Rookie of the Week: Jordan Reed (Binghamton)
Nov. 26 – Player of the Week: Mark Nwakamma (Hartford); Rookie of the Week: Jameel Warney (Stony Brook)
Dec. 3 – Player of the Week: Justin Edwards (Maine); Rookie of the Week: Maurice Watson, Jr. (Boston U.)
Dec. 10 – Player of the Week: Mike Black (Albany); Rookie of the Week: Jordan Reed (Binghamton)
Dec. 17 - Player of the Week: Dave Coley (Stony Brook); Rookie of the Week: Jameel Warney (Stony Brook)
Dec. 24 - Player of the Week: Justin Edwards (Maine); Rookie of the Week: Jameel Warney (Stony Brook)