Tuskegee University senior Joshua Eichelberger has been named SIAC Men’s Basketball Player of the Week and Stillman College senior Phyllice Eubanks has been named SIAC Women’s Basketball Player of the Week. Stillman College sophomore Jeffrey Wherry and Kentucky State University sophomore Brandon Darrett have been named SIAC Men’s Basketball Co-Newcomers of the Week while Kentucky State University junior Sharnita Lloyd has been named SIAC Women’s Basketball Newcomer of the Week.
Eichelberger earns his third weekly honor this season this season after averaging 22.3 points and 13 rebounds in three games, including finishing with 21 points and 16 rebounds in a win against Fort Valley State. The 6-foot-5 forward from Detroit, MI also averaged 1.7 assists and one steal while helping lead the Golden Tigers to a 2-1 record for the week which also included a win over conference-foe Paine. Averaging 17.5 points and 9.4 rebounds this season, Eichelberger currently ranks second in the SIAC in both scoring and rebounding, including a conference-leading 3.9 offensive rebounds, while ranking fourth with a .531 shooting percentage from the field. Eichelberger and the Golden Tigers are currently in first place in the SIAC with an 11-5 record.
Eubanks, a native of Tuscaloosa, AL, had a big week for the first-place Lady Tigers, averaging 20.3 points and 8.7 rebounds in three games. The 5-foot-10 forward also averaged four steals and 1.7 assists for the week, helping lead Stillman to a 2-1 record for the week with victories over Benedict and Albany State, moving the Lady Tigers to 12-3 in conference play. Eubanks is currently averaging 14.3 points and 8.1 rebounds per game on the season which ranks seventh and fifth in the SIAC, respectively.
Wherry, a guard from Huntsville, AL, averaged 13.7 points and 3.7 assists in three games. The 5-foot-9 Prairie View A&M University transfer also averaged 2.3 steals and two rebounds while helping the Tigers to a 3-0 record for the week with wins over Benedict, Fort Valley State, and Albany State to extend their current winning streak to five.
Darrett, a forward from Evansville, IN, nearly averaged a double-double with 9.5 points and nine rebounds in two games, earning his second weekly honor this season. The 6-foot-7 Vincennes University transfer also averaged 1.5 blocks and one steal while dishing out three assists per contest, helping lead the Thorobreds to a 2-0 record for the week with victories over LeMoyne-Owen and Miles. Darrett is currently averaging 1.9 blocks per game, which ranks second in the SIAC.
Lloyd, a guard from Ribbons, IL, averaged 12 points and three rebounds in two games. The 5-foot-6 Moraine Valley Community College transfer also averaged 2.5 assists and 1.5 steals on the week.