Every week The Catch and Shoot will name a Player of the Week, Freshman of the Week, Team of the Week and Game of the Week from the five Division I schools in the Chicago area.
Here are the winners for the sixth week of the season (Dec. 21-Dec. 27):
Player of the Week
Bryant McIntosh, Northwestern
McIntosh continued his emergence as one of the Big Ten’s top guards last week with dominant performances in wins against Sacred Heart and Loyola (Maryland). In the two victories, McIntosh averaged 21 points and nine assists. He also shot 14-of-19 (73.7 percent) from the field and 8-of-9 (88.9 percent) at the foul line.
McIntosh fell just shy of his first career double-double last Monday against Sacred Heart. The sophomore guard posted nine points and 10 assists, although he played only 27 minutes in the 103-67 blowout.
On an off-night against Loyola, Northwestern needed all of his 33 points and eight assists.
This is McIntosh’s third Chicago Player of the Week award this season.
Honorable mentions: Billy Garrett Jr. DePaul; Montel James, Loyola;Fred Sims Jr., Chicago State; Gabe Snider, UIC
Freshman of the Week
Fred Sims. Jr, Chicago State
For the second straight time, Sims is the Chicago Freshman of the Week. Although Chicago State lost, Sims erupted for 26 points on 10-of-16 shooting against Marquette.
With his electric 3-point shooting, Sims has given Chicago State a huge lift in the last three games. The performance last week was his second of the month with more than 20 points. Even with scoreless outings against Valparaiso and Northwestern, the Chicago native is averaging 10.9 points per game in December.
Honorable mentions: Eli Cain, DePaul; Dikembe Dixson, UIC; Dererk Pardon, Northwestern
Team of the Week
The Blue Demons have hit plenty of road bumps in their first two months under Dave Leitao, but they recorded the city’s best win of the 2015-16 season by upsetting No. 20 George Washington last week.
Game of the Week
DePaul 82, No. 20 George Washington 61
There weren’t any riveting nail biters this week, so we’ll go with an impressive blowout. The Blue Demons dominated the nationally ranked Colonials from opening tip through the final buzzer.