Goodwin, Nichols Sweep Conference Weekly Honors
Dec. 2, 2013
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -Make it a Memphis Tigers sweep of the American Athletic Conference men's basketball weekly honors for Nov. 25-Dec. 1. Sophomore Shaq Goodwin was named the league's Player of the Week, and Austin Nichols the Rookie of the Week, the conference office announced Monday.
It is the first time in American Athletic Conference history that a school earned both honors in the same week.
Goodwin, the 2013 Old Spice Classic MVP, averaged 14.0 points and 6.7 rebounds in helping lead the Tigers to three-straight wins to capture the Classic's title. He also had three assists, five blocks and four steals and shot 63 percent from the field in the three games.
In Sunday's championship-game win over No. 5/8 Oklahoma State, the Atlanta, Ga., native had 17 points, eight rebounds and three assists. The 6-foot-9 forward posted his second career double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds in Memphis' opening-round win over Siena Nov. 28.
For the season, Goodwin is averaging 11.8 points and 6.2 boards. He is shooting 63.4 percent from the floor and 67.9 percent from the free throw line.
Nichols, who was named to the 2013 Old Spice Classic All-Tournament Team, gave the Tigers back-to-back recipients of the league's Rookie of the Week honor. Fellow freshman Nick King earned the same honor Nov. 25.
The Collierville, Tenn., native averaged 13.3 points and 7.3 rebounds in the Tigers' three contests in the Old Spice Classic. Nichols shot 48.6 percent from the field and 85.7 percent from the charity stripe. The 6-foot-8 forward came up with a big play late for the Tigers in their win over Oklahoma State, finishing off a put-back dunk off a Joe Jackson miss with 3:42 left to give Memphis a 66-61 lead.
Nichols is averaging 12.2 points and 5.8 rebounds in his six starts this season. He is shooting 53.3 percent from the floor.
The Tigers (5-1), ranked No. 16 in the Associated Press poll and No. 15 in the ESPN/USA Today poll, return to action Saturday, Dec. 7 against Northwestern State at FedExForum. The game, to be televised on ESPN3.com/WatchESPN, is scheduled for a 12 p.m. (CT) tip.