Hustle Belt MAC Men's Basketball Player's of the Week: Week 12

Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

This week it's a pair of familiar names taking home our honors, and they faced off on Saturday.

East: Maurice Ndour, Ohio junior forward

LW: Will Felder & Will Sullivan

The "Nature Boy" should MAC fans just what that nickname means this past week. He was a one-man wrecking ball; a catalyst in Ohio's pair of thrilling wins. First Ndour proved invaluable in the Bobcats' second-half comeback vs. Central Michigan, which may not sound impressive on its surface considering the Chippewas have yet to win in MAC play, but think of it this way, Ohio trailed by 18 with under 15 minutes to go. Ndour pulled down 21 points and 11 boards in that game, along with a pair of blocks.


Pts Reb Ast
2013 - Maurice Ndour 15.3 8.0 1.4

Then on Saturday, on national TV against the mighty Toledo Rockets, Ndour did it again. The Senegal native was a force, leaping out to a fast start and never looking back. He went toe-to-toe with J.D. Weatherspoon, one of the better post players in the conference, and won. His 28-points and 12-boards were crucial to the Bobcats holding on and winning 95-90 in overtime. He also added three blocks. His monster week raised him to fourth in the conference in scoring, and has him still sitting at fifth in rebounding. Not bad for a guy who's in his first season in the MAC.

West: Julius Brown, Toledo junior point guard

LW: Shayne Whittington, Western Michigan senior center

The man they call "Juice" had his game flowing once again this past week. He's building up a hell of a resume for the MAC Player of the Year award with his ability to facilitate one of the nation's top offenses, and this past week just added on to that. In a crucial win against Miami, Brown put up eight points and eight assists and was key to the Rockets being able to move the ball.


Pts Reb Ast
2013 - Julius Brown 14.5 2.1 6.6

Then against Ohio, in a game the Rockets ultimately lost, Brown should off the versatility in his game by stepping up as a scorer when his team needed him. Brown was unstoppable, and if not for strong performances from a whole slew of Ohio Bobcats, including Stevie Taylor, would have likely won the game for Toledo. He put up 28 points, seven assists and five boards, and was all over the place. He's easily emerged as the best point guard in the MAC with the loss of Alex Abreu and D.J. Cooper, and is making a name for himself nationally with these big game performances.

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