CALGARY, Alb. — For the first time this season, a school has its second award winner.
Earlier this season, junior forward Alize Johnson took home the first-ever Fan-Voted Player of the Week award after an impressive first week of the year for the Missouri State Bears.
Now, for the second time this season, fans of the Bears showed their love and appreciation for the effort their players give on the hardwood.
The Bears have looked like a top contender in the Missouri Valley Conference this season, and they took two more steps towards the conference title this past week. Wins over the Indiana State Sycamores on the road, and the Bradley Braves at home, the Bears improved to 5-3 in conference play.
A big reason for their two wins was the play of senior Dequon Miller. The native of Charleston, W.V. set a new career-high with 24 points against the Sycamores, and then matched it against the Braves just three days later.
After helping to lead the Bears to a pair of big wins, basketball fans selected Dequon Miller as the College Court Report Fan-Voted Player of the Week for the week of January 16 – 22, 2017!
In his second season with the Bears, the play of Miller has been a big part of the program’s resurgence in the Missouri Valley Conference, and he continued that play this past week.
Up first, against the Sycamores, Miller and the Bears were looking to get back to their winning ways. They entered the game having lost three of their past four contests, and were just .500 in conference play.
Behind a career-high 24 points from Miller, the Bears went on the road and took home the 73-68 win over the Sycamores. The 5’10” guard went 7-of-15 from the field, and 7-of-9 from the free throw line.
Three nights later, Miller matched his performance from the game before, and led the Bears to another conference win.
Against the Braves, he matched his career-high performance from the night before, scoring 24 points in the Bears’ 76-62 win at home. Miller chipped in with 4 assists and 3 rebounds for another strong performance.
Over the two games last week, Miller averaged an even 24.0 points per contest, while also adding in 2.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game. He shot a combined 15-of-27 (55.6%) from the field, 6-of-11 (54.5%) from three point range, and 12-of-15 (80.0%) from the free throw line.
For the year, Miller is averaging 12.6 points, 3.3 rebounds, and 4.1 assists per contest, all of which are either on par or higher than last year’s levels. He is shooting 41.1% from the field for the year, up from 35.8% from his junior year.
Over the past five games, Miller has been playing some of his best basketball of the season. He has scored in double-figures in each of the five games, and has recorded two or more assists in each. The Bears have won three of their past four outings, and Miller’s strong play has been a huge factor in their victories.
Moving forwards, turnovers may be an area of concern (5.0 turnovers per game over the last two), but they haven’t limited the team overall. He has produced in all other areas to more than make up for the occasional turnover.
Miller plays hard on both ends of the floor, and alongside Alize Johnson and Chris Kendrix, he has the Bears moving towards the top of the conference standings.
For his efforts, Dequon Miller has been selected as the College Court Report Fan-Voted Player of the Week for January 16 – 22, 2017, becoming the second Missouri State player this season to receive the award.
– T. Bennett
Jan. 9 – 15, 2017: Nick Hornsby, Sacramento State Hornets
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