ELMHURST, Ill. – North Dakota State's Taylor Braun was named as The Summit League's Men's Basketball Player of the Week following his performance Dec. 16-22.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Taylor Braun, North Dakota State
Sr. // F // Newburg, Ore.
Braun collected his fourth career honor and second this season after averaging over 30 points per game in leading his team to a pair of victories. Against Delaware, Braun scored 33 points, the second-highest single-game total of his career, and pulled down seven rebounds. He shot 64.3 percent (9-of-14) from the field and converted 13-of-15 (86.7 percent) free throw attempts. Facing Colonial preseason favorite Towson, Braun turned in a 28-point performance that included seven rebounds, four assists and one steal. He made 9-of-16 field goal attempts (56.3 percent) and nine free throws in the win. For the week, Braun averaged 30.5 points, 7.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists per contest.
Also nominated: Brett Olson, Denver; Steve Forbes, Fort Wayne; Marcellus Barksdale, IUPUI; Brayden Carlson, 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; 12/16 – Brett Olson, Denver/Marshall Bjorklund, North Dakota State.
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.