Men's Basketball

SMU's Milton Cincinnati's Clark, ECU's Williams Earn Weekly Accolades

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The American Athletic Conference has announced the winners of the league’s weekly men’s basketball honors for the week of Jan. 15-21.
Shake Milton · Jr. · G · SMU · Owasso, Okla.
For the third time this season, Milton collects player of the week honors. The junior averaged 26.5 points per game, leading SMU to a 2-0 week in American action. Milton’s career-high 33 points carried the Mustangs to an 83-78 win at No. 7 Wichita State, snapping the Shockers’ 27-game winning streak at Koch Arena. Milton added 20 points and five assists in the Mustangs’ home win over Tulane, his eighth game this season with at least 20 points. On the week, Milton was 7 of 11 from three-point range and a perfect 14 of 14 at the free throw line.
Gary Clark · Sr. · F · Cincinnati · Conway, N.C.
Clark earns his second player of the week accolade of the season after helping No. 12 Cincinnati extend its winning streak to 10 games, matching the fifth—longest streak in conference history. On the week, Clark averaged 15.5 points and 14.5 rebounds, posting double-doubles in wins at UCF and versus ECU. Clark backed up a 17-point, 14-rebound effort at UCF with a 14-point, 14-rebound performance against the Pirates. With 992 career rebounds, Clark is eight shy of becoming the fifth player in Cincinnati history with 1,000 points and 1,000 boards in his career.
Shawn Williams · R-Fr. · G · ECU · Little Rock, Ark.
For the second time this season, Williams collects rookie of the week accolades. Williams helped the Pirates to their largest margin of victory in a conference game since 1970, scoring a career-high 22 points against USF, knocking down 6 of 9 three-pointers. At No. 12 Cincinnati, Williams had a team high 15 points, hitting three triples.
Obi Enechionyia · Sr. · F · Temple · Springfield, Va.
Enechionyia helped Temple go 2-0 on the week with wins over Tulsa and at Penn, averaging 15.0 points and 6.5 rebounds. Enechionyia’s fourth three of the game against Tulsa keyed a last-minute Owls rally, while his two free throws in the final minute helped seal Temple’s Big 5 win against the Quakers.
Melvin Frazier · Jr. · G · Tulane · Avondale, La.
In Tulane’s 1-1 week, Frazier averaged 17.5 points, 7.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists while shooting 71-percent from the field. At SMU, Frazier posted 27 points on 9 of 12 shooting, including a career-best six three-pointers. On the season, Frazier now has eight 20-point performances this season after entering the year with two in his career.
Rob Gray · Sr. · G · Houston · Forest City, N.C.
Gray averaged 24.0 points and 4.5 assists, helping Houston go 1-1 last week. Gray’s 24 points in Houston’s 73-59 win over No. 7 Wichita State led the Cougars to the program’s biggest victory over a top-10 opponent since a 75-60 victory over Arkansas on Jan. 22, 1983.
Mike Parks, Jr. · Jr. · F · Memphis · Cleveland, Ohio
Parks, Jr. nearly averaged a double-double during Memphis’ 1-1 week, posting 16.0 points and 9.0 rebounds per game. In the Tigers’ victory over UConn, Parks set career highs with 21 points, 11 rebounds and nine field goals.
B.J. Taylor · R-Jr. · G · UCF · Orlando, Fla.
Returning from a 15-game absence due to injury, Taylor came off the bench in both UCF games last week. In the first of two War On I-4 showdowns with USF, Taylor scored 16 of his game-high 25 points in the second half, fueling the Knights’ 71-69 win.