WKU’s Bassey Tabbed C-USA Player of the Week for 6th Time this Season
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Western Kentucky Basketball center Charles Bassey once again dominated in a rivalry sweep for WKU and was named Conference USA Co-Player of the Week presented by Surf & Turf Golf, alongside UAB’s Tavin Lovan, the league announced Monday afternoon. Bassey is now tied with Kenyon Martin (Cincinnati, 2000) for the Conference USA record for Player of the Week awards in a single season.
In the Hilltoppers’ away series against Middle Tennessee, Bassey averaged 19.5 points, 13 rebounds and 4.5 blocks per game. The junior shot 64% from the field, made 1 of 3 3-pointers and 6 of 8 free throws across the two victories.
In Saturday’s opener, the All-American candidate tallied 16 points, 12 rebounds and four blocks on 7-of-12 shooting, marking his 10th double-double of the season. His 12 boards including five offensive rebounds.
In the Sunday rematch, he improved to a game-high 23 points, 14 rebounds and five blocks on 9 of 13 shooting with four dunks, his 11th double-double of the season.
Bassey’s efforts helped WKU win its fourth straight game and third straight road contest as the Hilltoppers improve to its best start (13-4) since the 2001-02 campaign.
As of Monday, Bassey leads the country in rebounds (195), blocks (55), double-doubles (11) and dunks (43). He’s also second nationally in blocks per game (3.4), third in rebounds per game (12.2) and eighth in field goals made (114).
The C-USA award is Bassey’s third consecutive honor and sixth of the kind this season, tying the league record. In the nine weeks of play so far this season, a Hilltopper has been named C-USA Player of the Week seven times while the award has been given out 12 times.