NEW YORK – Villanova guard Jalen Brunson has been named BIG EAST Player of the Week and Creighton guard Mitch Ballock has been chosen BIG EAST Freshman of the Week after strong performances in tournament play last week.
BIG EAST Player of the Week
Jalen Brunson, Villanova, G, Jr. – Brunson won MVP honors while leading the Wildcats to the Battle 4 Atlantis title. He averaged 19.7 points and 4.0 assists in wins over Western Kentucky (66-58), Tennessee (85-76) and Northern Iowa (64-50) that gave the Wildcats their fifth November tournament title in as many years. In the win in the final against UNI, Brunson had 16 points on 6-of-9 shooting to go along with four rebounds and four assists.
BIG EAST Freshman of the Week
Mitch Ballock, Creighton, G, Fr. -- Ballock averaged 11.0 points, 3.0 assists and 3.0 rebounds in a 2-1 week for the Bluejays. He shot 7-of-14 from the field and scored 22 points off the bench to help Creighton beat No. 23 UCLA 100-89 in the Hall of Fame Classic in Kansas City, Mo. Ballock is averaging 9.8 ppg coming off the bench.
BIG EAST Honor Roll
Kelan Martin, Butler, F, Sr.
Averaged 17.3 points in a 2-1 week at the PK80. Made the winning basket in a 67-66 overtime win over Ohio State.
Andrew Rowsey, Marquette, G, Sr.
Was named to Maui Invitational All-Tournament Team after averaging 25.3 points and helping MU to a third-place finish with a 2-1 record.
Rodney Bullock, Providence, F, Sr.
Averaged 17.5 points and 7.0 rebounds in wins over Belmont (66-65) and Boston College (86-66). Passed 1,000-point career milestone.
Shamorie Ponds, St. John’s, G, So.
Averaged 21.0 points, 6.0 rebounds, 5.7 assists and 1.7 steals in helping the Red Storm finish third in Advocare Invitational. Had 31 points in win over Missouri (90-82).
Angel Delgado, Seton Hall, C, Sr.
Made the All-Tournament Team at the NIT Tip-Off by averaging 16.5 points and 11.0 rebounds in two games.