DENVER – California Baptist senior guard Jordan Heading has been named Western Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week for the week of Feb. 4-10. This is his first-ever WAC Player of the Week honor.
The Adelaide, Australia, native led the Lancers to a 2-0 record last week as he averaged 19.5 points, 7.0 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game. He shot 54.2 percent from the field, 50 percent from three-point range and was perfect from the free throw line. On Thursday, Heading finished with 15 points, seven rebounds and seven assists in 20 minutes of action as the Lancers defeated Chicago State 94-44. The 50-point win was the largest margin of victory in a WAC game in the 57-year history of the league. He then tied a season high with 24 points to go with seven boards against Kansas City on Saturday night. The Lancers were trailing 11-6 eight minutes into the game when Heading took charge, scoring all 13 of his first half points in the last 10:25 to help give CBU a 31-30 halftime lead – a lead CBU would not give up the rest of the night. With just two turnovers over the two games, Heading also led the WAC in assist-turnover ratio (4.5) on the week.
Other nominees included: CSU Bakersfield's Jarkel Joiner averaged 22.5 points and 5.5 rebounds last week ... Michael Finke of Grand Canyon averaged 13.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists over two games ... Kansas City's Rob Whitfield finished with 17 points and two rebounds in a loss at California Baptist ... Eli Chuha of NM State averaged 11.0 points, 9.0 rebounds and 3.5 assists in a pair of road wins ...UT Rio Grande Valley's Javon Levi averaged 12.0 points, 5.5 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 4.5 steals as the Vaqueros picked up a pair of huge road wins.