Chicago Weekly Awards: Jan. 12

Photo: nwitimes.com
Photo: nwitimes.com

It’s time for the weekly Chicago awards. Every week, The Catch and Shoot will name a Player of the Week and Freshman 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

Valparaiso sophomore forward Alec Peters scored a game-high in the Crusaders’ 58-56 win against Cleveland State on Saturday. The big fella shot 5-for-7 from beyond the arc and 6-for-10 overall. He also made all seven of his free throws.

Earlier in the week, Peters posted 11 points and six rebounds in a win against UIC.

Honorable mentions: Joshua Meier, Chicago State; Bryant McIntosh, Northwestern; Forrest Robinson, DePaul

Freshman of the Week

Chicago State forward Joshua Meier has had several solid performances as a freshman, but Saturday’s WAC opener at Texas-Pan American served as his true breakout. Although the Cougars lost, Meier posted 17 points on 6-for-9 shooting along with 10 rebounds.

Honorable mentionBryant McIntosh, Northwestern

Team of the Week

After defending its home court against UIC and Cleveland State last week, Valparaiso is tied with Gonzaga for the nation’s lead with 16 wins. The Crusaders blew out UIC with ease and then survived Cleveland State, in part thanks to a late inbounds play.

The Crusaders also sit a half-game out of first place in the Horizon League.

Honorable mention: Loyola

Game of the Week

In a back and forth affair, Loyola erased a six-point deficit in the final minutes against Evansville to win 71-70 on a buzzer-beater by senior forward Christian Thomas.

The Ramblers pulled off the upset without starting forward Montel James, which was particularly important since Loyola is the shortest team in the MVC to begin with while Evansville is the tallest.

Honorable mention: Valparaiso vs. Cleveland State

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 SI.com, College Insider, The Comeback/Awful Announcing, and 247Sports.

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