IPFW’s Bland, NDSU’s Braun Named Players of the Week

IPFW’s Bland, NDSU’s Braun Named Players of the Week

ELMHURST, Ill. – Fort Wayne's Pierre Bland and North Dakota State's Taylor Braun were named as The Summit League's Men's Basketball Players of the Week following their performances Jan. 21-26.

Pierre Bland, Fort Wayne
Sr. // G // Jacksonville, Fla.
Bland received his first career honor after narrowly missing a triple-double in a Summit League win over IUPUI. He scored 16 points, pulled down nine rebounds and dished out eight assists while adding three steals and committing just one turnover in the contest. Bland shot 66.7 percent (6-of-9) from the field and converted his only three-point attempt.

Taylor Braun, North Dakota State
Sr. // G // Newberg, Ore.

Braun garnered his sixth career award and fourth this season after a 30-point performance in a road victory at South Dakota State. Along with his 30 points, Braun added six rebounds and six assists in the game. He converted 60 percent (9-of-15) of his field goal attempts and 83.3 percent (10-of-12) from the free throw line. Braun made his final six field goal attempts over a nine-minute second half stretch to help the Bison pull away.

Also nominated: Bryant Rucker, Denver; Khufu Najee, IUPUI; CJ Carter, Omaha; Brayden Carlson, South Dakota State; Garret Covington, Western Illinois.

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; 12/23 – Taylor Braun, North Dakota State; 12/30 – John Karhoff, Omaha; 1/6 – Garret Covington, Western Illinois; 1/13 – Luis Jacobo, Fort Wayne; 1/21 – Taylor Braun, North Dakota State.

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.