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 3rd week of the season (Nov. 28-Dec. 4):
Player of the Week
Aundre Jackson, Loyola
Jackson finished with 24 points on 11-of-12 shooting in Loyola’s victory against San Diego State. He made a pair of key buckets in crunch time, one to give Loyola the lead and another to stretch that lead to three points.
The 6’5″ forward dominated despite giving up 4-5 inches against San Diego State’s front line.
He also tallied 17 points on 6-of-13 shooting in a win over Norfolk State, giving him a weekly average of 20.5 points. Jackson currently ranks sixth in the nation with a 76.0 effective field goal percentage.
Honorable mentions: Fred Sims Jr., Chicago State; Scottie Lindsey, Northwestern
Freshman of the Week
Marcus Ottey, UIC
UIC’s freshmen continue to impress, and this week Ottey topped the list with 15.5 points per game on 54.5% shooting. For the first time this season, Ottey failed to get to the foul line in a win against Chicago State, but he got back to his old ways against Eastern Illinois with 6-of-8 shooting at the stripe.
Ottey also had two steals in each of UIC’s games last week.
Honorable mention: Godwin Boahen, UIC
Team of the Week
The Wildcats got a huge win for the program, knocking off Wake Forest at Welsh-Ryan Arena. Northwestern had struggled mightily in close games to start the season but impressively closed out Wake thanks to a heroic second half performance from Bryant McIntosh.
Northwestern followed with a dominant win over DePaul where it led by as many as 39 points in the second half.
The Wildcats just barely edge out Loyola for this week’s award. The Ramblers went 2-0 with a monumental win against Mountain West favorite San Diego State, which leads to…
Game of the Week
Loyola 65, San Diego State 59
The Ramblers lost control of a 10-point lead in the second half and found themselves down 54-53 in the closing minutes. Jackson and junior guard Ben Richardson made a handful of key plays down the stretch as Loyola regained its footing and came away with a major upset on its home floor.
Had the Ramblers made a few more plays in their 79-77 loss to NC State in November, they surely would have received top 25 votes this week.