DENVER – Grand Canyon senior forward Michael Finke has been named Western Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week for the week of Feb. 11-17. This is his first-ever WAC Player of the Week honor.
The Champaign, Ill., native led the WAC in scoring last week, averaging 29.0 points on 75.8 percent shooting to go with 6.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists as the Lopes went 1-1 on the week. Finke opened the week with a career-best 36 points on 16-of-22 shooting (72.7 percent) from the field in an overtime loss at Kansas City, while also grabbing nine rebounds and tying a career-high with five assists. The 36 points tied the WAC single-game high for scoring this season. Finke followed it up with a game-high 22 points on 9-of-11 shooting (81.8 percent) and four rebounds in a win at Chicago State on Saturday. Finke entered the week averaging 8.8 points on 48.5 percent shooting and 4.6 rebounds per game. His previous high in scoring was 17 points.
Other nominees included: CSU Bakersfield's James Suber averaged 6.5 points and 12.0 rebounds last week ... Rob Whitfield of Kansas City averaged 13.5 points, 2.0 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.0 steals as the Roos went 2-0 on the week ... NM State's Trevelin Queen averaged 13.0 points, 3.0 rebounds, 3.5 blocks, 2.0 steals and 1.5 assists as the Aggies extended their win streak to 11 games ... Terrell Brown of Seattle U averaged 17.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and 5.5 assists ... UT Rio Grande Valley's Javon Levi averaged 13.0 points, 7.0 assists, 5.0 steals and 3.0 rebounds ... Baylee Steele of Utah Valley averaged 8.5 points and 9.5 rebounds per game.