ELMHURST, Ill. – Fort Wayne's Max Landis and North Dakota State's Lawrence Alexander were named The Summit League's Players of the Week following their performances Feb. 2-8.
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Max Landis, Fort Wayne
Jr. // G // Indianapolis, Ind.
Landis collects his first career Player of the Week award after leading Fort Wayne to a pair of key league wins. In Thursday's win over South Dakota State, the junior guard tallied 19 points on 5-of-8 shooting from the field and three assists. He scored a career-high 27 points in Saturday's six-point win over Oral Roberts and added three rebounds, two steals and an assist. For the week, Landis averaged 23 points, two rebounds, two assists and 1.5 steals per game. He shot 72 percent (13-of-18) from the field 50 percent (4-of-8) from downtown and 94 percent (16-of-17) at the free throw line.
Lawrence Alexander, North Dakota State
Sr. // G // Peoria, Ill.
Alexander earns his second Player of the Week honor this season and third of his career after setting a new North Dakota State single-game record with eight three-pointers in the victory over South Dakota. He totaled 31 points, including the first 15 points of the game, and grabbed five rebounds with a pair of assists against the Coyotes. In Thursday's win over Omaha, he scored 18 points with three steals and two assists. Alexander averaged 24.5 points, 2.5 rebounds, two assists and 1.5 steals per game. He shot 62 percent (16-of-26) from the field and 58 percent from three-point range (11-of-19). Alexander also set a new Bison career wins record with 84 in his career.
Also nominated: Brett Olson, Denver; Marcellus Barksdale, IUPUI; Marcus Tyus, Omaha; Korey Billbury, Oral Roberts; Jake Bittle, South Dakota State.
Previous recipients: Nov. 17 – Obi Emegano, Oral Roberts; Nov. 24 – CJ Carter, Omaha; Dec. 1 – Brandon Bos, South Dakota; Dec. 8 – Steve Forbes, Fort Wayne; Dec. 15 – Garret Covington, Western Illinois; Dec. 22 – Devin Patterson, Omaha; Dec. 29 – Casey Kasperbauer, South Dakota; Jan. 5 – Lawrence Alexander, North Dakota State / Jabari Sandifer, Western Illinois; Jan. 12 – George Marshall, South Dakota State; Jan. 19 – CJ Carter, Omaha; Jan. 26 – Cody Larson, South Dakota State; Feb. 2 – Steve Forbes, Fort Wayne.
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