DENVER – NM State junior forward Ivan Aurrecoechea has been named Western Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week for the week of Dec. 3-9. This is his first-ever WAC Player of the Week honor.
The Madrid, Spain native had a breakout week for NM State as the Aggies went 1-1, including a near upset at No. 2 Kansas. Aurrecoechea averaged 18.0 points on 76.5 percent shooting, 7.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 0.5 turnovers a game. He started the week with a double-double in a rout of Battle of I-25 rival New Mexico, posting 23 points and 11 boards on 85.7 percent (6-of-7) shooting, including an 11-of-15 effort from the free throw line. Aurrecoechea followed it up with 14 points on 7-of-10 shooting and a career-high six assists against the No. 2 Jayhawks. He entered the week averaging 10.1 points on 57.1 percent shooting, 5.1 rebounds and 0.9 assists per game.
Other nominees included: Milan Acquaah of California Baptist averaged 19.0 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.5 steals in a pair of games ... CSU Bakersfield's James Suber averaged 19.0 points on 78.9 percent shooting and 16.0 rebounds in a pair of wins ... Anthony Harris of Chicago State finished with 27 points, nine rebounds, three assists and two blocks in a win over Trinity Christian ... Grand Canyon's Trey Drechel finished with 16 points on 60 percent shooting and three rebounds in a close loss to No. 6 Nevada ... Xavier Bishop of Kansas City finished with 15 points, seven assists and two rebounds in a win at South Dakota ... Seattle U's Morgan Means averaged 13.0 points, 4.0 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 1.5 steals as the Redhawks went 1-1 last week ... Javon Levi of UT Rio Grande Valley finished with 15 points, six rebounds, six steals and three assists in a win over North Dakota ... Utah Valley's Jake Toolson averaged 14.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.0 steals as the Wolverines went 1-1 last week.