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 five Division I schools in the Chicago area.
Here are the winners for the 16th week of the season (Feb. 29-March 6):
Player of the Week
Tre Demps, Northwestern
Demps averaged 20 points last week as Northwestern went 2-0. Although he struggled in the second half Sunday against Nebraska, Demps’ 12-point first half on 5-of-8 shooting helped the Wildcats to a big lead as they went on to win 65-54.
Honorable mentions: Devon Turk, Loyola; Dikembe Dixson, UIC; Montel James, Loyola; Bryant McIntosh, Northwestern
Freshman of the Week
Dikembe Dixson, UIC
In his Horizon League Tournament debut, Dixson recorded a double-double with 18 points, 11 rebounds and three steals. The young sensation finished the year with averages of 19.8 points and 7.3 boards per game.
Honorable mentions: Eli Cain, DePaul; Dererk Pardon, Northwestern
Team of the Week
The Wildcats defeated Penn State and Nebraska to finish ninth in the Big Ten and earn a conference tournament bye.
Game of the Week
Wichita State 66, Loyola 58
The Ramblers erased a 12-point deficit and led the top-seeded Shockers 52-45 late in the second half of a MVC Tournament quarterfinal matchup. Ron Baker and Shaquille Morris charged Wichita State’s late comeback, avoiding one of the biggest upsets in tournament history.