It’s time for the weekly Chicago awards. 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 six schools in the Greater Chicago Area: DePaul, Northwestern, UIC, Loyola, Chicago State and Valparaiso.
Here are the awards for the past week.
Player of the Week
Chicago State senior Clarke Rosenberg was dominant last week, averaging 24 points, 4.5 assists and 3.0 steals in the Cougars’ two wins. The 6-foot-4 guard from Skokie shot 50 percent from the field and made five 3-pointers.
Honorable mentions: Christian Thomas, Loyola; Alex Olah, Northwestern; Darien Walker, Valparaiso; Sean Hill, Chicago State
Freshman of the Week
Loyola guard Ben Richardson was critical for Loyola in a Wednesday win at Drake, in which the Ramblers secured a bye to the quarterfinals of the MVC Tournament.
Richardson scored 12 points on 4-of-6 shooting, including three 3-pointers. One triple tied the game late in regulation, and another gave the Ramblers a 72-68 lead in overtime.
He also had 6 assists and no turnovers against Drake.
The 6-foot-3 freshman struggled from the field in Loyola’s weekend win against Missouri State, but he still had a pair of dimes and steals to go with another turnover-less stat line.
Honorable mentions: Bryant McIntosh, Northwestern; Vic Law, Northwestern; Tai Odiase, UIC
Team of the Week
Valparaiso captured an outright Horizon League title for the third time in four seasons under coach Bryce Drew with a win Friday at Cleveland State. The Crusaders are now the clear favorite to win the Horizon League Tournament and return to the NCAA Tournament, as they get a bye to the semifinals, which they also host.
If they win in the semifinals, the Crusaders will host the championship game as well next Monday.
Honorable mention: Loyola
Game of the Week
With the winner taking the No. 6 seed in the MVC Tournament a bye to the quarterfinals, Wednesday’s matchup between Loyola and Drake was crucial.
Drake got out to an early 23-14 lead on its home floor, but Loyola finished the half on a 16-3 run to take a 35-30 lead into halftime.
The Ramblers’ lead reached 9 points in the second half, but this time the Bulldogs responded to take a 65-62 lead before Loyola’s Ben Richardson tied things up with a three.
Earl Peterson and Reed Timmer exchanged buckets in the final 1:01 to force overtime. In the extra period, Loyola outscored Drake 13-8.
Honorable mentions: Valparaiso 56, Cleveland State 53; Green Bay 72, UIC 67;