Hustle Belt MAC Men's Basketball Players of the Week

Rian Pearson is our Western Division Player of the Week - Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

One guy you've heard of, and one guy you probably haven't make up our players of the week.

There usually isn't a lot of change during the year of who the players of the week are. It's usually the same couple players with a few surprises snuck in here and there. This week is one of those weeks on both ends: a surprise and a constant.

East: Mark Henniger, Kent State

LW: Maurice Ndour, Ohio

Wait who? Yeah, Mark Henniger. "Henni" just had quite possibly the best week of his basketball career last week. Never one to score much, Henniger exploded for 13 points against Saint Peter's, 17 points against Western Carolina and 20 versus Niagara. He scored 52 points total last week. To put that in perspective, he scored 58 points total his freshman year and 55 his sophomore year. His field goal percentage this week was 79% and he hit free throws at a 93% clip.

Now he won't likely keep this stretch up all year. But he deserves to be recognized for the phenomenal week he just had. He was a key part of Kent State's 4-0 week and if the Flashes get this every once in a while from Henniger they'll be a special team.


FG 3PT FT Rebounds Misc
G M M A Pct M A Pct M A Pct Off Def Tot Ast TO Stl Blk PF PPG
2013 - Mark Henniger 7 19.7 2.9 3.9 74.1 0.0 0.0 0.0 3.6 3.9 92.6 2.1 1.7 3.9 0.3 0.7 0.6 1.1 3.4 9.3

West: Rian Pearson, Toledo

LW: Shayne Whittington, Western Michigan

It's going to be tough to not pick Pearson or Julius Brown is this spot every week. Brown won the MAC's POTW last week and won it again this week, so we'll go with Pearson. And it's not like he didn't earn it. In the four games this week, Pearson averaged 16.5 points per game and shot 52%. That's really good for a non-center.

Pearson is one of the favorites for MAC Player of the Year and has a great chance of getting it being the best player on the (arguably) best team. He's the focal point of Toledo's offense, and having Juice Brown around certainly makes him better. It'll be hard for defenses to key on Pearson, especially now because of the plethora of options the Rockets have at their disposal.


FG 3PT FT Rebounds Misc
G M M A Pct M A Pct M A Pct Off Def Tot Ast TO Stl Blk PF PPG
2013 - Rian Pearson 6 29.5 6.0 10.8 55.4 0.3 1.2 28.6 3.3 5.2 64.5 1.0 3.2 4.2 0.7 1.3 2.0 0.3 1.7 15.7


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