Valjarevic, Reed, Watson, Jr. Take Home Men's Basketball Weekly Honors
University of Maine's Zarko Valjarevic averaged over 20 points a game in leading his team to pair of wins last week en route to earning Player of the Week honors while Binghamton University's Jordan Reed and Boston University's Maurice Watson, Jr. shared Rookie of the Week honors.
Valjarevic (Belgrade, Serbia) averaged 21.0 points per game last week and shot 49 percent from the floor in wins over Hartford and Binghamton as he picked up his first career Player of the Week award. A sophomore guard, Valjarevic is the third different Black Bear to earn Player of the Week honors this season. He scored 17 points on 6-of-12 shooting to go with a pair of rebounds and as many steals in a 66-64 win over Hartford Wednesday. Valjarevic, who's averaging 14.8 points per game in conference play, then had a career-best 25 points, including 18 in the first half, in Maine's 64-60 win over Binghamton Saturday.
Reed (Philadelphia, Pa.) picked up his fifth Rookie of the Week honor of the season by averaging 21.5 points and 13.5 rebounds in two games last week. The freshman guard had 14 points and 10 boards in a loss at Stony Brook on Tuesday, then followed up with a career day, scoring a career-high 29 points, including 26 in the second half, and adding 17 rebounds. Reed ranks second among America East leaders in scoring (16.5 ppg) and leads the conference in rebounding (9.2 rpg).
Watson, Jr. (Philadelphia, Pa.) earned Rookie of the Week accolades for the fourth time, including the third time in four weeks, by averaging 13.5 points, 8.0 rebounds and 4.5 assists in a pair of wins last week. The freshman recorded 14 points, six rebounds and three assists to help the Terriers sweep the season series from Vermont with a 64-59 victory Tuesday. The 5-foot-10 point guard then recorded a double-double of 13 points and a season-high 10 rebounds to go along with six assists and three steals in a 68-56 win over UNH Sunday. Watson, Jr. leads the conference in assists (5.2 apg) to go with 10.8 ppg.
America East Notes... in 140 Characters or Less - #AEHOOPS
One America East game will appear on ESPN3 and WatchESPN this week (2/20 - Maine at Vermont ... The Catamounts will also appear on the network Saturday when it faces Canisus in Ramada worldwide BracketBusters ... All nine America East nine teams have better RPIs than at this time last year ... Albany, Boston U., Maine and StonY Brook had unbeaten weeks ... The Seawolves beat Vermont on Friday to take a 1 1/2 game lead for first place in the league standings ... Stony Brook has the league’s highest RPI (87) ... The Seawolves’ 19-6 record is their best through 25 games in Division I ... Boston U. has won four straight and seven of their last eight to move into a tie for second-place with Vermont ... Three teams (Binghamton, Hartford, UMBC) have surpassed last year’s win totals ... Hartford's 14 wins are its most since the 2007-08 season ... Albany has matched last season's win total (19) with four games left in the regular season ... Bill Herrion picked up his 153rd America East win on Wednesday and passed former Boston U. coach Dennis Wolff for the most league wins among head coaches all-time. ... Positioning is crucial as just twice in 33 seasons has a team placed lower than second in the league standings and gone on to win the title ... America East teams entered league play with 53 non-conference wins, an 18-win improvement from last season ... America East has had a TV game as part of the event six times in the last nine eight years ... Albany’s Jacob Iati and Vermont’s Luke Apfeld were named to CoSIDA’s Academic All-District I team Jan. 31 ... Albany's Mike Black and Stony Brook's Anthony Jackson are nominees for the Cousy Award, given to the nation's top point guard ... 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 ... 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)
Dec. 31 - Co-Players of the Week: Jacob Iati (Albany)/Justin Edwards (Maine); Rookie of the Week: Jordan Reed (Binghamton)
Jan. 7 - Co-Players of the Week: Mark Nwakamma (Hartford)/Alasdair Fraser (Maine); Rookie of the Week: Jameel Warney (Stony Brook)
Jan. 14 - Player of the Week: Sam Rowley (Albany); Rookie of the Week: Jameel Warney (Stony Brook)
Jan. 21 - Player of the Week: Clancy Rugg (Vermont); Rookie of the Week: Jameel Warney (Stony Brook)
Jan. 28 - Player of the Week: Tommy Brenton (Stony Brook); Rookie of the Week: Maurice Watson, Jr. (Boston U.)
Feb. 4 - Player of the Week: Brian Neller (UMBC); Rookie of the Week: Jordan Reed (Binghamton)
Feb. 11 - Player of the Week: Mark Nwakamma (Hartford); Rookie of the Week: Maurice Watson, Jr. (Boston U.)
Feb. 18 – Player of the Week: Zarko Valjarevic (Maine); Co-Rookies of the Week: Jordan Reed/Maurice Watson, Jr. (Boston U.)