If there’s one thing about college basketball fans, it’s that they will go to great lengths to ensure that players on their favourite teams get the respect they deserve.
That has been seen week in and week out with our Fan-Voted Player of the Week awards this season. Each week, fans come out to support their players, and show their appreciation for the hard work the players put into their craft each time they step onto the court.
This week was no different, as fans of the Sacramento State Hornets came out in full force to support one of their talented big men.
The Hornets have the luxury of rolling out three talented forwards on a nightly basis. With Justin Strings, Eric Stuteville, and Nick Hornsby patrolling the front court, the Hornets can create all kinds of problems for opposing teams in the Big Sky.
Over the past seven days, Hornsby was a handful for his opponents. Sacramento State took home two big road wins this past week, and the 6’7” Hornsby was a big reason why. He recorded a pair of double-doubles, while shooting above 50% in both games to lead the way for the Hornets.
For his efforts this past week, the fans came out to show their support for the Irvine, CA native. Nick Hornsby was selected as the College Court Report Fan-Voted Player of the Week for the week of January 9 – 15, 2017, receiving a whopping 93% of the fan vote!
Coming into the week, the Hornets were riding a four-game losing streak, and had lost their first three games in Big Sky play. Behind a big week from Hornsby, the Hornets would end the week back in the thick of things in the conference standings.
Sacramento State took on the Southern Utah Thunderbirds on Thursday, in the first of two games away from home for the week. In their 88-83 victory, Hornsby recorded his first of back-to-back double-doubles.
In 33 minutes of action, the 6’7” forward recorded 28 points and 14 rebounds to lead the Hornets to the victory. He also added in 2 assists and 2 steals, while finishing the night shooting 7-of-14 from the field.
Hornsby did a lot of his damage from the free throw line against the Thunderbirds, finishing 13-of-19 from the charity stripe.
Two nights later, the Hornets found themselves in tough on the road against the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks. However, a 20-0 run for the visitors pushed them ahead in the second half, and the Hornets closed out a perfect week with a 74-62 win.
Once again, Hornsby was at the forefront of the efforts on both ends of the court. He recorded 17 points and 11 rebounds for his second straight double-double, and his fifth of the year. He also recorded 2 blocks and 1 steal, and shot 50% or better from the field for the third time in his last four games (53.8%).
For the week, Hornsby averaged 22.5 points, 12.5 rebounds, and 1.5 steals per contest, while playing an average of 30.5 minutes per game. He shot a combined 14-of-27 (51.9%) from the field, and 2-of-5 (40.0%) from three point range.
Hornsby was also named the Big Sky Player of the Week from College Sports Madness, and the Sacramento State Student Athlete of the Week for his efforts over the past seven days.
On the year, Hornsby is averaging 11.5 points and a team-best 8.4 rebounds per contest, both of which are career-highs. He has scored in double-figures in four straight games, and now has two games this season with 20 or more points.
In the Big Sky Conference, you’d be hard-pressed to find a team with a better front court rotation than the Hornets. All three of their star forwards average at least 10.3 points and 5.9 rebounds per contest this season. While the results haven’t been there so far, two road wins could be what they needed to get back on the right track.
Hornsby has shown that he has the shooting ability to stretch the floor and create space for others to operate. While he rarely shoots from beyond the arc, he has shown over his career that he can hit shots from distance when needed. Hornsby is an impact player on the glass, and is a tough body to move out of the paint on either end of the court.
For his efforts over the past week, a stretch that saw him average a double-double to lead Sacramento State to a pair of much-needed conference wins, senior forward Nick Hornsby was selected by the fans as the College Court Report Fan-Voted Player of the Week for the week of January 9 – 15, 2017!
– T. Bennett
Jan. 2 – 8, 2017: Daniel Dixon, William & Mary Tribe
Dec. 26, 2016 – Jan. 1, 2017: Alec Wintering, Portland Pilots
Dec. 12 – 18, 2016: Devin Carter, Arkansas State Red Wolves
Dec. 5 – 11, 2016: Jeremy Morgan, Northern Iowa Panthers
Dec. 5 – 11, 2016: Joe Cremo, Albany Great Danes
Nov. 28 – Dec. 4, 2016: LaVell Boyd, UMKC Kangaroos
Nov. 20 – 27, 2016: Egor Koulechov, Rice Owls
Nov. 14 – 20, 2016: Josh Robinson, Austin Peay Governors
Nov. 11 – 13, 2016: Alize Johnson, Missouri State Bears
**College Court Report Player of the Week recipients are selected from teams in the following conferences:
America East, Atlantic Sun, Atlantic 10, Big Sky, Big South, Big West, Colonial, Conference USA, Horizon League, Ivy League, MAAC, MAC, MEAC, Missouri Valley, Northeast, Ohio Valley, Patriot League, Southern, Southland, Summit League, SWAC, Sun Belt, West Coast, and WAC