ATLANTA—Benedict College junior Marcus Goode has been named SIAC Men’s Basketball Player of the Week and Clark Atlanta University senior La’Quisha Lewis has been named SIAC Women’s Basketball Player of the Week after their strong performances this past week. Paine College freshman Kedric Taylor 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.
Goode, a native of Chapin, SC, earns his second player of the week honor this season after averaging 30 points and 13 rebounds in two games, including an impressive 38 points and 16 rebounds in a win over Miles. Defensively, the 6-foot-10, 260-pound center also averaged three blocks and 1.5 steals while also averaging one assist per game. Goode, who was SIAC Player of the Year as a sophomore, is currently leading the SIAC in both scoring and rebounding at 22.8 points and 11.5 rebounds per game, marks that currently rank fifth and third in the nation respectively. Goode is currently the only player that ranks in the top five of Division II in both scoring and rebounding. With a 7-3 record in the SIAC, Goode and the Tigers currently sit in a first-place tie atop the conference standings.
Lewis, a native of Atlanta, GA, averaged a double-double with 10.3 points and 10.6 rebounds in three games. The 6-foot-1 center was a force on defense, averaging five blocks, including totaling seven blocks against Tuskegee, and one steal per game. She helped lead Clark Atlanta to a 66-58 win over Claflin. In conference games, Lewis is second in the SIAC with 10.1 rebounds and 3.3 blocks per games.
Taylor is named SIAC’s top newcomer for the second time this season after nearly averaging a triple-double with 13.3 points, 10.6 rebounds, and 7.3 assists in three games this past week. The 6-foot guard, who attended Evans High School in Orlando, FL, also averaged three steals while helping lead the Lions to a 2-1 record with victories over Morehouse and Miles. Taylor currently leads all SIAC freshmen in scoring (12.5 ppg, 15th in the SIAC), rebounding (6.5 rpg, 12th in the SIAC), assists (4.9 apg, 2nd in the SIAC), field goal percentage (.542, 6th in the SIAC), free throw percentage (.753, 12th in the SIAC), and assist-to-turnover ratio (1.1, 6th in the SIAC). He is also one of only two players in Division II to record a triple-double this season.
English is named the SIAC’s top newcomer for the second consecutive week after averaging a double-double with 13 points and 10.6 rebounds in three games. The 6-foot junior from Atmore, AL also averaged 2.6 steals and two assists while helping lead the Lady Bears to a 2-1 record with wins over Benedict and Paine.