In a very successful week in the Colonial Athletic Association that saw the conference go 9-3 against non-conference opponents, several players stood out amongst a crowd of terrific performers. This week’s conference Player of the Week award was given to two high scoring guards and the Rookie of the Week was awarded to a very well rounded freshman.
First, 6-6 sophomore guard Damion Lee put on a show this week for the Drexel Dragons. In the team’s 69-58 victory over the Davidson Wildcats, Lee scored 26 points, snagged a season-high 11 rebounds and dished out four assists. Ever since the Dragons lost senior forward Chris Fouch to a season-ending ankle injury, Drexel has been seriously out of sync. If this team wants to contend come conference play in just two weeks, the Dragons will need Lee to continue to produce at such a high level. His dominant performance was definitely deserving of this week’s Co-Player of the Week.
Sharing the award with Lee, is George Mason 6-4 guard Sherrod Wright. The focal point of the Patriots’ offensive attack, Wright has been extremely efficient thus far this season. This week, the junior scored 22 points and hit the game-winning and buzzer-beating three-pointer in the team’s 67-64 win over the Richmond Spiders. Over his last three games, dating back to the team’s 74-63 victory over UMBC on December 8, Wright has averaged 21.7 points, 4 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 2.3 steals per contest. If Mason continues to stay near the top of the conference, look for Wright to start seriously developing conference Player of the Year buzz.
Lastly, the freshman guard R.J. Hunter has been absolutely huge for the Georgia State Panthers and his head-coach, and father, Ron Hunter, this season as well. On the year, he’s been averaging 15.6 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.8 assists per contest. This week, Hunter scored 23.5 points and grabbed 5.0 rebounds while shooting 55.6 percent from the floor in the Panthers’ two games this past week. Hunter is one of the biggest reasons that GSU is still in the midst of being considered a CAA contender.
After a wild week in CAA basketball, the conference’s fans will have to wait until Saturday, December 29, for the next live action, where 7 of the conference’s 11 ball clubs will compete.
Jake Fischer is the CAA Correspondent for Rant Sports-NCAA Basketball. Make sure to follow Jake on Twitter @JakeLFischer.