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 12th week of the season (Jan. 30-Feb. 5):
Player of the Week
Donte Ingram, Loyola
Although Loyola lost twice, Ingram averaged 18 points and 9 rebounds while shooting 14-of-22 (63.6%) from the field.
Ingram, a 6’6″ forward from Chicago, also had two big assists in the closing minutes of regulation at Missouri State, including a dime on a game-tying basket to force overtime. He finished that game with 14 points and 6 rebounds, and then recorded his third double-double of the year with 22 points and 10 boards in Saturday’s loss to Southern Illinois.
In MVC play, Ingram is 5th in offensive rating, 1st in effective field-goal percentage, 3rd in defensive rebounding percentage and 2nd in 3-point shooting percentage. There are a handful of great players in the Valley this year, but Ingram has worked his way into the all-conference conversation.
Honorable mention: Billy Garrett Jr., DePaul
Freshman of the Week
Tarkus Ferguson, UIC
Ferguson struggled against Green Bay’s pressure to turn the ball over 7 times, but he bounced back in a big way during UIC’s overtime win at Milwaukee. The 6’4″ guard posted his fourth double-double of the year with 25 points and 11 assists.
In overtime, Ferguson scored 12 points to carry the Flames to their first conference sweep under second-year coach Steve McClain.
All in all, Ferguson averaged 18.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, 8 assists and 2 steals in last week’s games.
Honorable mention: K.J. Santos, UIC; Dominique Matthews, UIC
Team of the Week
The Flames nearly knocked off second-place Green Bay on the road (the Phoenix went on to destroy first-place Valparaiso one game later) and then bounced back with the win over Milwaukee to end a four-game losing streak.
At 5-6, UIC is one game out of fourth place in the Horizon League.
Game of the Week
UIC 105, Milwaukee 100 (OT)
As mentioned above, Ferguson was a complete monster in overtime as he willed UIC to a win against its rival. The Flames blew an 11-point lead in the final three minutes, but the freshman point guard bailed out his coach.