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 11th week of the season (Jan. 23-Jan. 29):
Player of the Week
Bryant McIntosh, Northwestern
McIntosh averaged 15 points and 8.5 assists in Northwestern’s two wins last week.
McIntosh struggled with his shot against Nebraska but still finished with 9 points and 9 assists. He then led the Wildcats to a convincing win over Indiana with 21 points and 8 dimes as he found his stroke with 7-of-13 shooting.
The 6’3″ point guard now has 488 career assists, which puts him 40 behind Michael “Juice” Thompson’s program record. He is on pace to break the record March 1 against Michigan.
Honorable mention: Milton Doyle, Loyola; Dererk Pardon, Northwestern
Freshman of the Week
Godwin Boahen, UIC
Boahen averaged 16.5 points and 2 steals last week, although UIC lost both games.
The 5’11” point guard’s assist numbers have been down recently, but his scoring has picked up. He shot 5-of-8 from two and 5-of-9 from three last week.
Honorable mention: Patrick Szpir, Chicago State; Tarkus Ferguson, UIC; Brandon Cyrus, DePaul
Team of the Week
The Wildcats are half a game out of first place in the Big Ten after convincing wins at home against Nebraska and Indiana. Barring a major collapse, Northwestern will make its first NCAA Tournament with breathing room.
Game of the Week
Grand Canyon 85, Chicago State 77 (2OT)
Grand Canyon came back from down 13 points at halftime to take a 49-42 lead midway through the second period. The Cougars responded and forced overtime on an Anthony Eaves three with 13 seconds left, and it wasn’t until the final minute of the second overtime that the Antelopes pulled away for the victory.