Wichita State junior Ron Baker took home his second MVC Player of the Week award, the conference announced Monday. In two wins, Baker averaged 19.5 points, 4.0 assists and 2.0 steals. He shot 12-for-24 (50.0%) from the field and 6-for-12 (50.0%) from 3-point range.
Meanwhile, Illinois State junior DeVaugn Akoon-Purcell took home the Newcomer of the Week award for the first time. Akoon-Purcell, a junior college transfer, averaged 16.0 points and 6.5 rebounds in the Redbirds’ first two games at the Paradise Jam. The Redbirds play for the tournament title Monday night against Seton Hall.