Picking just one Player of the Week to close out the conference seasons would be, well, madness. Instead, we’ve selected six players and one coach to ASN’s All-Championship Week Team:
The Governors posted four wins in four days with Horton, last week’s ASN Men’s Basketball Player of the Week, leading the way for the first eighth seed to win the Ohio Valley Tournament. He averaged 22.5 points per game, 14.0 rebounds per game, 6.0 offensive rebounds per game and making 67% of his field-goal attempts. He is the nation’s leading offensive rebounder (5.0), fifth-leading rebounder (12.2) and No. 2 in double-doubles with 24 this season. The Govs return to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2008 and the fifth time in coach Dave Loos’ 26 years at Austin Peay.
Alexander led the No. 9-seeded Crusaders to four consecutive road wins to capture the Patriot League title with an upset of Lehigh. He averaged 20.8 ppg, 7.5 rpg and shot 56% from the floor and 61% on 3-pointers while knocking down 3.5 3-pointers per game, including six in the championship game. He almost doubled his regular-season average of 10.8 ppg in leading Holy Cross to four consecutive tournament wins after losing their previous nine road games. This will be the first NCAA Tournament appearance for Holy Cross since 2007 and the third for first-year coach Bill Carmody, who led Princeton to the dance in 1997-98.
Despite scoring a Conference USA tournament record 110 points and a career-high 42 points in a semifinal matchup against Western Kentucky (89-77) Freeman and the Monarchs came up one game short of earning a NCAA Tournament berth, losing to Middle Tennessee (55-53) in the finals. His 42-point performance was a C-USA single-game tournament record and the most points scored by an ODU player, surpassing Chris Gatling’s 36 points in 1961. He averaged 27.5 ppg and shot 44% from the floor and 50% on 3-pointers. He also hauled in 6.0 rpg during the four-game tournament run. Freeman represented 39% of ODU’s points in the tournament.
The two-time Southland Conference MVP added to his stellar career by averaging 21.0 ppg, 6.0 rpg and 3.5 apg in leading the Lumberjacks to their third consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance with another Southland title. He is the Southland’s first three-time tournament MVP. The 6-4 senior shot 65% from the field and was 16 of 18 (89%) from the free-throw line in wins against Houston Baptist (104-68) and Texas A&M Corpus Christi (82-60). The Jacks head to the NCAA Tournament as a No. 14 seed and a matchup with No. 3-seeded West Virginia.
The Hawks’ 6-6 Mr. Do It All, Bembry led Saint Joseph’s to the A10 tournament championship by averaging 16.7 ppg, 6.0 rpg and 5.0 apg while shooting 57% from the field. In the championship game against VCU (87-74) he notched 30 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and 0 turnovers against the Rams’ pressure defense. Bembry shot a blistering 81% (13 of 16) from the floor. In knocking off No. 1-seeded Dayton in the semifinals and defeating No. 2 VCU, the Hawks will make their second NCAA Tournament appearance in three years and seventh in coach Phil Martelli’s 21 years with the Hawks.
Daniel Hamilton averaged 21.0 ppg, 11.3 rpg and 5.3 apg for the American Athletic Conference champions. Daniel was named AAC Tournament MVP by posting three double-doubles in Orlando. In the opening-round game vs. Cincinnati he posted 32 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in a four-overtime win. During the three-game tournament against No. 4 Cincinnati (104-97, 4 OT), No. 1 Temple (77-62) and No. 6 Memphis (72-58) Daniel helped the No. 5-seeded Huskies win by an average of 12.0 ppg. UConn will be returning to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since winning the national championship in 2014.
Loos celebrated his 69th birthday with the OVC Tournament championship in Nashville with cheering Govs fans. Loos directed the Govs to their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2008 and his fifth appearance in his 26 years as the head coach at Austin Peay. His Govs won four games in four days as Austin Peay became the first eight seed ever to win the OVC Tournament.