Chicago Weekly Awards, Feb. 20

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 14th week of the season (Feb. 13-Feb. 19):

Player of the Week

Aundre Jackson, Loyola

Jackson was once again a model of efficiency averaging 17.5 points on 58.% shooting — and that’s a bad week by his season-long numbers!

The 6’5″ forward dropped a game-high 18 points in Loyola’s win over Indiana State and then dropped 17 off the bench including a big 3-pointer late in the second half as the Ramblers nearly knocked off Illinois State.

Honorable mention: Bryant McIntosh, Northwestern; Tai Odiase, UIC; Trayvon Palmer, Chicago State

Freshman of the Week

Isiah Brown, Northwestern

Brown averaged 11.5 points last week and was Northwestern’s best scorer in a loss to Maryland with 19, setting a new career high. Brown carried the Wildcats back in that game to make the final minutes interesting after the team looked dead midway through the second half.

Honorable mention: Tarkus Ferguson, UIC; Dominique Matthews, UIC; K.J. Santos, UIC

Team of the Week


The Flames clinched a top-six finish in the Horizon League, which may not sound like much. But it is for a team that hasn’t finished that high since the 2012-13 season.

In all likelihood, UIC will be the No. 6 seed at the Horizon League Tournament, but if it can win Friday at Northern Kentucky, then the No. 5 seed could come into play.

Game of the Week

Illinois State 65, Loyola 63

When Illinois State took a 51-40 lead at home just over 10 minutes remaining, Loyola’s win probability dropped below 5%. Then Aundre Jackson and Donte Ingram provided a spark for the Ramblers as they climbed back to take a 58-57 lead on an Ingram three with 4:53 left.

ISU forward Deontae Hawkins hit two free throws with 3.9 seconds left to give Illinois State a 65-63 lead. Loyola guard Ben Richardson got a clean look at a game-winner from just in front of half court, but it spun out.

Past awards:

Feb. 13

Feb. 6

Jan. 30

Jan. 23

Jan. 16

Jan. 9

Jan. 2

Dec. 26

Dec. 19

Dec. 12

Dec. 5

Nov. 28

Nov. 21

Author: Jesse Kramer

Jesse Kramer is the founder of The Catch and Shoot. He's a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. He has had work featured on, College Insider, The Comeback/Awful Announcing, and 247Sports.

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