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Memphis Tigers Freshman Forward Shaq Goodwin Named C-USA Freshman of the Week

Spruce Derden-USA TODAY Sports

Memphis Tigers freshman forward Shaq Goodwin was named C-USA Freshman of the Week on Monday.

Goodwin averaged 12.0 points, 8.5 boards, 4.0 assists and 2.0 steals in the Tigers’ wins over Ohio Bobcats and Austin Peay Governors. He shot 66.7 percent from the floor and 72.7 percent from the free-throw line.

In Wednesday’s win over Ohio, Goodwin nearly posted a second straight double-double with a 20-point, nine-board performance. He scored the Tigers’ first 10 points of the second half to extend a 36-28 halftime lead against the Bobcats to 46-34.

Against Austin Peay, Goodwin grabbed eight rebounds, dished out a season-high five assists and tied a season best with four steals.

This is his first C-USA Freshman of the Week honor. He’s the first Tigers player to earn C-USA Freshman of the Week honors since Will Barton won the award in February 2011.

Goodwin ranks first on the team in rebounding (6.1 rpg) and steals (14) and sixth in scoring with 8.6 points per game.

Since early struggles during preseason practices, Goodwin has continued to improve and has become a major contributor to the team. He was inserted into the starting lineup during the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament and has had a couple of career-high games.

Goodwin is a pass-first forward who plays with a lot of energy and intensity. At 246 pounds, he displays agility skills normally not seen from a player of his size. He has the quickness and anticipation skills to get in front of players, steal the basketball and lead the fast break.

Patosha Jeffery is the Memphis Tigers Featured Columnist at Rant Sports. Be sure to follow her on Twitter: @patoshajeffery and add her Google + to your circles for all of her latest articles and thoughts.