Jerrelle Benimon, R.J. Hunter Earn CAA Weekly Awards
After the first week of Colonial Athletic Association play, not many expected the two teams that are atop the conference to be there. But, nonetheless, the Northeastern Huskies and Towson Tigers are both 2-0 and in first place in the CAA. The Huskies have won two straight games, both CAA affairs, and three of their last four. Led by senior co-captains Jonathan Lee and Joel Smith as well as sophomores Quincy Ford and Reggie Spencer, Northeastern looks like a top contender in the CAA. Meanwhile, the Tigers have been truly led one man: Jerrelle Benimon.
This week, Benimon was named CAA Player of the Week for the second straight week and the fourth time already this season. The awards have all ben well deserved. In his team’s first two conference games, Benimon averaed 18.5 points, 12.0 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 4.0 blocks as he led Towson to a pair of CAA road victories. In fact, the Tigers’ 69-66 win over Drexel ended the Dragons’ 17-game CAA winning streak. The junior forward clearly looks like a top-candidate for the conference’s Player of the Year as well.
Speaking of top candidates, Georgia State freshman guard R.J. Hunter looks like the lead contender for the conference’s Rookie of the Year this season. And the coach’s son put on yet another impressive performance this week. In the Panthers’ 1-1 beginning to CAA play, Hunter averaged 21.0 points and 6.5 rebounds against Drexel and James Madison. This marks the fourth time that Hunter has won this award too.
Jake Fischer is the CAA Correspondent for Rant Sports-NCAA Basketball. Make sure to follow Jake on Twitter @JakeLFischer.