EAST: Demetrius Treadwell, Akron senior forward
LW: Joshua Freelove, Buffalo senior guard
While players such as Willie Moore and Javon McCrea had great single game performances this past week, no player in the East was as valuable to his team as Demetrius Treadwell was in both of the final games of the regular season. The Akron senior went toe-to-toe with the Buffalo Bulls's bigs, including Javon McCrea on Tuesday, then followed it up with a spectacular second half against Kent State on Friday.
All told Treadwell scored 31 points and pulled down 12 boards while leading his team to a No. 4 seed. On Tuesday Treadwell dueled McCrea and came away the winner, having put up 17 and six, on 57 percent from the field. The Friday night he willed the Zips to victory after a horrendous first half. The man named 'Tree' was an awful 1-for-6 from the field in the first half, and finished just 4-for-14, but there's no denying it was his determination that gave Akron the upper edge.
WEST: Justin Drummond, Toledo junior guard
LW Shayne Whittington, Western Michigan senior center
Like Treadwell, Drummond was a key factor in his team winning both of their games this past week, and locking up a top seed. In this case it was the No. 2 seed. Tuesday night against CMU Drummond scored 15 points, notched five board, three steals and three assists in the win. Then Saturday, on Senior Day, the junior took it one-step further.
In a dangerously close game against the Eagle's zone-defense Drummond put up a game-high 22 points, all in the second half. Let me repeat that again. 22 points. ALL IN THE SECOND HALF. The first-year Rocket may have one-uped his senior teammate Rian PEarson, but there weren't any complaints. Drummond was unstoppable, adding seven assists, five rebounds, a pair of blocks and a steal in the win. In the end the Rockets won the co-MAC regular season championship, the team's first since 2007.