DENVER – Boise State’s Ike Okoye has been named the Verizon Wireless Western Athletic Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Week for the week of Nov. 23-29. The honor marks the first career WAC Player of the Week award for Okoye.
Okoye, a senior forward from Sacramento, Calif. (Wyoming), helped the Broncos to a 2-0 record last week with wins over Eastern Washington and North Texas. Okoye recorded his second career double-double in an 82-69 road win at Eastern Washington, registering 21 points with a career-high 17 rebounds. He went 8-of-14 from the field, while making 5-of-6 from the free throw line. Okoye also tied a career high with six blocks against the Eagles. Okoye also scored 13 points with eight rebounds and three blocks in a 79-73 victory over North Texas.
On the week, Okoye averaged 17.0 points, 12.5 rebounds, 4.5 blocks and 2.5 assists per game. He shot 54.2 percent from the field (13-of-24) and 80.0 percent from the free throw line (8-of-10).
Other nominees included: Idaho senior guard Steffan Johnson … Louisiana Tech senior guard Kyle Gibson … New Mexico State senior guard Jonathan Gibson … San Jose State senior guard Robert Owns … and Utah State junior forward Tai Wesley.