ELMHURST, Ill. – Denver's Brett Olson and North Dakota State's Marshall Bjorklund were named as The Summit League's Men's Basketball Players of the Week following their performances Dec. 9-15.
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Brett Olson, Denver
Jr. // G // Highlands Ranch, Colo.
Olson received his first Summit League honor after averaging 23.5 points per game in a pair of victories. He scored a career-high 24 points, dished out five assists and made two steals in Denver's road win at Colorado State, the first victory for the Pioneers in Fort Collins since 1979. Against Wyoming, Olson scored 23 points, including converting the game-winning three-point play with three seconds remaining. Olson recorded the first consecutive 20-point games of his career. For the week, he shot 55.2 percent and was a perfect 13-of-13 at the free throw line.
Marshall Bjorklund, North Dakota State
Sr. // F // Arlington, Minn.
Bjorklund garnered his second career award after a leading North Dakota State to a historical victory at Notre Dame. Against the Irish, Bjorklund scored a game-high 26 points as the Bison recorded The Summit League's second road victory all-time against an ACC opponent. In the win, Bjorklund shot 78.6 percent (11-of-14) and added five rebounds and four assists. In NDSU's road contest at No. 2 Ohio State, Bjorklund scored 12 points with four rebounds in 27 minutes. For the week, he averaged 19.0 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists.
Also nominated: Pierre Bland; Ian Chiles, IUPUI; CJ Carter, Omaha; Jordan Dykstra, South Dakota State.
Previous honorees: 11/11 – Mitch Patton, IUPUI/CJ Carter, UNO; 11/18 – Luis Jacobo, Fort Wayne; 11/25 – Taylor Braun, North Dakota State; 12/2 – Jordan Dykstra, South Dakota State; 12/9 – Chris Udofia, Denver.
ABOUT SUMMIT LEAGUE MEN'S BASKETBALL
In its fourth decade of Division I athletics, The Summit League features men's basketball teams from eight member institutions: Denver, Fort Wayne, IUPUI, North Dakota State, Omaha, South Dakota, South Dakota State and Western Illinois. Known as the Mid-Continent Conference until 2007, The Summit League has enjoyed unprecedented success in recent seasons including new tournament and regular season attendance standards, record postseason tournament participation, all-time best RPI rankings, national player honors and NCAA statistical champions. For more information about the league and to "See The Summit", visit www.thesummitleague.org and follow Summit League Basketball on Twitter @summithoops.