WKU Men’s Basketball: Bassey named Conference USA Freshman of the Week for 8th time

DALLAS, Texas  WKU center Charles Bassey continued his dominant run in conference play last week, earning his eighth Conference USA Men’s Basketball Freshman of the Week award Monday.

It’s also the fourth straight weekly freshman honor for the 6-foot-11, 245-pound native of Lagos, Nigeria.

Bassey averaged 18 points, 8.5 rebounds, 3.5 blocks and shot 66.7 percent from the field (16 of 24) last week in a home split against Middle Tennessee and UAB.

He tallied 13 points, seven rebounds and four blocks in a victory over the Blue Raiders on Thursday, then recorded his C-USA leading 13th double-double with 23 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks in a loss to UAB on Saturday.

Bassey finished the game against the Blazers 10 of 13 from the field, tying his career high for made field goals, while scoring 15 points in the first half alone. He also averaged 35.5 minutes per game over the week.

He’s 1 of 3 freshmen in the nation averaging a double-double, and he could become one of just two freshmen since 1992 – along with current NBA star Anthony Davis – to average at least 14 points, 10 rebounds and two blocks, while shooting at least 60 percent from the field.

Bassey’s eight C-USA Freshman of the Week awards are the second-most since the creation of the award in 2011. Rice’s Marcus Evans (10, 2016) holds the top spot. Bassey’s four straight awards are the third-most consecutive selections in the award’s history, with Evans also holding that record at six.