Morehouse College junior Andrae Nelson has been named SIAC Men’s Basketball Player of the Week and Miles College senior Sammeika Thomas has been named SIAC Women’s Basketball Player of the Week after their impressive performances this past week. Stillman College sophomore Jeffrey Wherry has been named SIAC Men’s Basketball Newcomer of the Week while Miles College junior Courtney English has been named SIAC Women’s Basketball Newcomer of the Week.
Nelson, a native of Valley Stream, NY, had a big week for Morehouse, averaging 23 points and 10.5 rebounds in two games, including a career-high 31 points in an upset win over Tuskegee. The 6-foot-6, 225-pound center also averaged 2.5 assists, one block, and one steal for the Maroon Tigers while helping them to a 2-0 record for the week which also included a win over LeMoyne-Owen. Nelson currently ranks fifth in the SIAC in both scoring and rebounding at 15.6 points and 8.8 rebounds per game while also tied for the lead at 2.4 blocks per game and ranking third with a .559 field goal percentage.
Thomas, a native of Birmingham, AL, earns her fourth player of the week honor this season after averaging 20.7 points and 17 rebounds in three games, including 28 points and 22 rebounds against Lane. The 6-foot-2 forward also averaged three steals and two blocks on defense along with 2.3 assists, helping lead the Lady Bears to a 1-2 record for the week with a win against LeMoyne-Owen. With a week left in the regular season, Thomas is currently the only women’s player averaging a double-double at 13.6 points (7th in the SIAC) and 10.7 rebounds (2nd in the SIAC) per game.
Wherry, a guard from Huntsville, AL, averaged 18 points and 6.3 assists in three games to earn his second weekly honor this season. The 6-foot-2 transfer from Prairie View A&M also averaged 2.3 rebounds and one steal while helping lead the Tigers to a 3-0 record for the week with wins against conference-foes Claflin, Kentucky State, and Lane. Wherry currently leads the SIAC with 70 three-point field goals made, averaging nearly three a game.
English, a forward from Atmore, AL, averaged 13 points and 11.3 rebounds in three games, earning her fourth weekly honor this season. The 6-foot forward also averaged 1.7 steals and one assist while helping lead the Lady Bears to a win over LeMoyne-Owen.