ELMHURST, Ill. – Oral Roberts' Obi Emegano was named The Summit League's Player of the Week following his performance Feb. 23-March 1. The award marks the season's final weekly honor.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Obi Emegano, Oral Roberts
Jr. // G // Edmond, Okla.
Emegano earned his second career honor, and second this season, after leading Oral Roberts to a pair of key victories. In a career-high 34-point, eight-rebound performance, Emegano helped knock North Dakota State out of contention for The Summit League Tournament's top seed with a 16-point victory. He connected on 12-of-17 field goal attempts (70.6 percent), including three-of-four from beyond the arc, in the game and outscored The Summit League co-leader by two points, 23-21, during the first half. Two nights later with ORU needing a victory to clinch the No. 3 seed in The Summit League Tournament, Emegano scored a game-high 25 points, including seven of his team's last nine, on eight field goals and nine free throws while adding five rebounds and two steals in a three-point win over Denver. For the week, Emegano averaged 29.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 1.5 steals while shooting 64.5 percent (20-of-31), nearly 20 percent over his season average, from the field and 50.0 percent (3-of-6) from three-point range.
Also nominated: Joe Edwards, Fort Wayne; Marcellus Barksdale, IUPUI; A.J. Jacobson, North Dakota State; Tre'Shawn Thurman, Omaha; Tre Burnette, South Dakota.
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; Feb. 9 – Lawrence Alexander, North Dakota State / Max Landis, Fort Wayne; Feb. 16 – Lawrence Alexander, North Dakota State / Tyler Larson, South Dakota; Feb. 23 – Tyler Larson, South Dakota.
ABOUT SUMMIT LEAGUE MEN'S BASKETBALL
In its fourth decade of Division I athletics, The Summit League features men's basketball teams from nine member institutions: Denver, Fort Wayne, IUPUI, North Dakota State, Omaha, Oral Roberts, South Dakota, South Dakota State and Western Illinois. Over the past five seasons (2010-14), The Summit League owns the nation's highest RPI gain (+9). In 2013-14, The Summit League had three teams advance in national postseason tournaments, highlighted by an NCAA Tournament Round of 64 victory, recorded its third consecutive top-20 RPI finish, achieved an all-time high USA Today Sagarin rating, and saw a record 10 former players on NBA and D-League rosters. The Summit League Basketball Championships, called "March's Best-Kept Secret" by USA Today and among the most attended tournaments in the nation, move into the brand-new Denny Sanford PREMIER Center in Sioux Falls, S.D., March 7-10, 2015. For more information about the league and to "See The Summit", visit www.thesummitleague.org, follow Summit League Basketball on Twitter @summithoops, download The Summit League's Front Row app and watch the weekly "Inside The Summit League" show at www.thesummitleague.org/itsl.