Chicago Weekly Awards, Dec. 26

Every week for the 2016-17 season, The Catch and Shoot will name a Player of the Week, Freshman of the Week, Team of the Week and Game of the Week among the five Division I schools in the Chicago area.

Here are the winners for the 6th week of the season (Dec. 19-Dec. 25):

Player of the Week

Tai Odiase, UIC

Odiase averaged 21 points, 9 rebounds and 2 blocks as UIC went 2-0 last week.

The 6’9″ junior was the driving force in the Flames’ 75-65 victory over Northern Arizona with 24 points, 11 rebounds and 2 blocks. Although he has struggled historically at the foul line, he shot 8-of-12 against the Lumberjacks.

After last week, Odiase’s field goal percentage is up to 59.3%, more than a nine-point increase from last season.

Honorable mention: Gavin Skelly, Northwestern; Trayvon Palmer, Chicago State; Sanjay Lumpkin, Northwestern

Freshman of the Week

Godwin Boahen, UIC

Boahen was the easy choice this week as he posted UIC’s first triple-double since the 1981 move to Division I with 13 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists against Roosevelt.

Boahen also provided solid minutes in the Northern Arizona win with 9 point, 5 rebounds and 5 assists.

Honorable mention: Isiah Brown, Northwestern; Marcus Ottey, UIC

Team of the Week


The Flames went 2-0 last week, which means they will enter conference play with a winning record (7-6) for the first time since the 2012-13 season.

Game of the Week

Chicago State 74, SEMO 65

With this victory, Tracy Dildy won his 50th career game and became Chicago State’s all-time winningest coach.


Past awards:

Dec. 19

Dec. 12

Dec. 5

Nov. 28

Nov. 21

Author: Jesse Kramer

Jesse Kramer is the founder of The Catch and Shoot. He's a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. He has had work featured on, College Insider, The Comeback/Awful Announcing, and 247Sports.

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