Stillman College junior Ladarius Rhone and Lane College senior Anthony Collier have been named SIAC Men’s Basketball Co-Players of the Week and LeMoyne-Owen senior Shonice Sprouse has been SIAC Women’s Basketball Player of the Week. LeMoyne-Owen senior Teshawn Byron 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.
Rhone, a native of Fairfield, AL, averaged 17.6 points and 11.3 rebounds in three games, including 27 points and 15 rebounds in Stillman’s 87-79 win over Paine. The 6-foot-5, 185-pound forward also averaged 1.3 steals and one block on defense while helping lead the Tigers to a 2-1 record for the week, which also included a win against conference-foe against Kentucky State in overtime. Rhone is currently averaging 14.8 points and 9.3 rebounds per game, which rank fourth and second in the SIAC respectively.
Collier, a native of Detroit, MI, averaged a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds in two games. The 6-foot-4, 205-pound forward also averaged two steals and one assist while helping lead the Dragons to a 2-0 record for the week with wins over Stillman and Tuskegee.
Sprouse, a native of Memphis, TN, averaged 22 points and 11 rebounds in two games. The 5-foot-7 guard also averaged four assists while averaging 1.5 blocks and one steal on defense, helping lead the Lady Magicians to a win over Albany State. Sprouse currently leads the SIAC in scoring at 18.2 points per game and ranks second in the SIAC at nearly four assists per contest.
Byron, a guard from Staten Island, NY, averaged 18.5 points and six rebounds in two games. The 6-foot-7 Lambuth University transfer also averaged two assists and two steals while helping lead the Magicians to a 2-0 record with wins coming against Albany State and Fort Valley State.
English, a forward from Atmore, AL, is named the top newcomer for the third consecutive week after averaging 18 points and 10 rebounds, including posting 25 points and 12 rebounds in a 65-58 win over Claflin. The 6-foot junior college transfer also averaged two steals and one assist per game while helping lead the Lady Bears to a 2-1 record, which also included a win over Fort Valley State.
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