PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Tevin Brown, G • 6-5, 175, Jr. • Fairhope, Ala. • Murray State
Brown played all 40 minutes as Murray State won 74-72 at Memphis (who was ranked No. 12 in the Preseason Top 25), nearly 10 years to the day they topped a nationally-ranked Memphis squad in 2011-12. Brown hit six 3-pointers (four in the second half) and helped the Racers overcome a 14-point halftime deficit, its largest come-from-behind win since January 2007. He hit a pair of 3-pointers in a two-minute stretch early in the second half to trim the lead from eight to three points. After the Racers took the lead with 11:12 to play, he hit a 3-pointer at the 9:40 mark and later at the 8:03 mark, and blocked a shot to not let MSU relinquish the lead. Brown now has 279 career 3-pointers, four away from fifth place in OVC history. Brown leads the OVC in scoring (18.3 points/game), 3-pointers made/game (3.4) and minutes played (35.0/game) and is fourth in 3-point percentage (45.6%) and seventh in assists (3.6/game).
Others Nominated: Cameron Copeland, Austin Peay; Grayson Murphy, Belmont; Johni Broome, Morehead State; Ray’Sean Taylor, SIUE; Kenny Cooper, Keishawn Davidson, Tennessee Tech; KJ Simon, UT Martin.
NEWCOMER OF THE WEEK
Cameron Copeland, G • 6-7, 185, Jr. • Douglasville, Ga. • Austin Peay
Copeland, a transfer from College of Charleston, had 25 points, six rebounds, six assists and two steals in the team’s game at North Florida on Saturday. The junior hit 10-of-17 field goals (5-of-7 3-pointers) in 38 minutes of action. It marked his first 20-point performance of the season and the ninth of his career. Copeland now has scored in double figures in four of his last five games.
Others Nominated: Dan Luers, Eastern Illinois; Carter Collins, Murray State; Christian Brown, Tennessee State; John Pettway, Tennessee Tech; KJ Simon, UT Martin.
FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK
Ray’Sean Taylor, G • 6-1, 175, R-Fr. • Collinsville, Ill. • SIUE
Taylor earned his third OVC Freshman of the Week honor of the young season after leading SIUE to a pair of wins last week. He averaged 19.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists/game while hitting 54.8 percent (17-of-31) from the field. He opened the week with a season-best 25 points in an 80-59 victory over Purdue Fort Wayne. Taylor connected on 12-of-23 field goals in 35 minutes of action while also tallying eight rebounds, six assists and a block. He capped the week with 14 points, seven rebounds and an assist in a 60-56 win over Kansas City. Among OVC players Taylor ranks second in scoring (17.5 points/game), fifth in steals (1.7/game) and free throw percentage (78.4%), eighth in assists (3.5/game), 10th in 3-pointers made/game (2.1) and 13th in rebounding (5.9/game).
Others Nominated: Elijah Hutchins-Everett, Austin Peay; Will Richard, Belmont; Rodolfo Bolis, Eastern Illinois.