2005-06 Men's Basketball Players of the Week

February 27, 2006
John Bedford, Amherst
(Senior, Guard - Ridgewood, N.J.)
Bedford guided the Jeffs to their second-straight NESCAC Men’s Basketball Champion-ship over the weekend, averaging 22.0 points per outing on 56 percent shooting (14-for- 25), along with an average 6.5 rebounds each day. Bedford posted 21 points and eight rebounds in Saturday’s semifinal victory over Bates on Saturday, followed by pouring in 23 points and grabbing five rebounds in Sunday’s overtime thriller against Tufts. He moved into seventh place all-time at Amherst in scoring with 1,425 career points.

February 20, 2006
Drew Cohen, Colby
(Junior, Center - Briarcliff Manor, N.Y.)
While the Mules came up short in their bid to upend Trinity in the NESCAC quarterfinals on Saturday, Cohen put on a display of things to come during his senior season next year. Cohen averaged 24.5 points, 11.5 rebounds, 5.5 blocks and 2.0 assists in two games last week, hitting 56 percent (19-for-34) of his shots and going 85 percent (11-for-13) from the foul line. He had 20 points, seven rebounds and six blocks during a Colby victory over Newbury on Tuesday, followed by 29 points, 16 rebounds and five blocks, all game highs, in Saturday’s loss to Trinity.

February 13, 2006
Dan Wheeler, Amherst
(Junior, Forward - Bloomington, Minn.)
Wheeler guided the Jeffs to a 3-0 week along with the number-one seed for the upcoming NESCAC Men’s Basketball Championship, averaging 21.3 points per game on 68.8 percent shooting (22-for-32). He was especially effective from behind the arc, posting a 62.5 percent success rate (10-for-16), along with a 90.9 percent (10-11) showing from the free throw line. Tuesday evening at Lasell, Wheeler poured in a career-high 24 points, followed by a game-high 21 points Friday evening against Bates. He capped off the week with 19 points off the bench against Tufts.

February 6, 2006
Dan Martin, Tufts
(Senior, Center - Sandwich, Mass.)
Martin had an impressive week for the equally-impressive Jumbos, who were 3-0 last week. Martin averaged 24.7 points while shooting 73.5 percent from the floor (25-for-34) and 80 percent from the free throw line (24-for-30). He opened the week with a career- high 35 points at Western Connecticut State on Tuesday, going 12-for-13 from the floor. Martin poured in 19 points at UMass Boston Thursday evening, and he capped off the week on Saturday with 19 points against Bates, halting the Bobcats’ 16-game win streak.

January 30, 2006
Patrick Martin, Trinity
(Junior, Guard - Springfield, Mass.)
Martin averaged 17.5 points, 5.0 rebounds and 8.0 assists during a 2-0 week for the Ban-tams. On Friday against Colby, Martin had 13 points, six rebounds and seven assists in a 68-48 win. Saturday afternoon, Martin poured in a team-high 22 points with four rebounds and nine assists for an 80-65 victory over Bowdoin, extending Trinity’s winning streak to six games in the process. He was 9-for-18 from the floor, 5-for-10 from three-point range and 12-for-13 (92.3%) from the foul line through the two contests.

January 23, 2006
Zak Ray, Bates
(Junior, Guard - Bangor, Maine)
Ray helped a defensive-minded Bobcats squad to a 3-0 record last week, holding opponents to an average score of 52.3 points per game and a 36.8 shooting percentage. Ray posted 13.0 points, 3.3 assists, 3.0 rebounds, 2.67 steals per game and went 14-for-26 from the floor (53.8%). Through 104 minutes of work, the Bates' point guard turned the ball over only three times. Friday against Middlebury, Ray had a game-high 16 points and chipped in five rebounds.

January 16, 2006
Tyler Rhoten, Trinity
(Senior, Forward - Ridgewood, N.J.)
Rhoten averaged 22.5 points and seven rebounds for the Bantams last week. Against Clark on Thursday, Rhoten had 17 points, eight rebounds and seven assists in an 89-62 victory. Saturday at NESCAC foe Amherst, Rhoten poured in a game-high 28 points along with six boards and five assists during an 88-85 overtime victory.

January 9, 2006
Dan Martin, Tufts
(Senior, Center - Sandwich, Mass.)
Martin averaged 18 points, 11 rebounds, three blocks and 2.5 steals while shooting 55.6 percent from the floor (10-for-18) and 88.9 percent from the free throw line (16-for-18) in a pair of Tufts victories over MIT and Babson last week. He had 17 points, 13 rebounds and five blocks against MIT on Tuesday evening. Against Babson, Martin scored 15 of his 19 points in the first half as the Jumbos amassed a big lead en route to a 71-55 victory Saturday.

January 3, 2006
Chris Rose, Williams
(Sophomore, Forward - Middletown, N.Y.)
Rose led the Ephs to victories over Clark on Friday and Southern Vermont on Monday. Against Clark, Rose scored 26 points and grabbed 16 rebounds for a 77-69 Williams win. He posted 22 points and pulled down 10 rebounds during a 110-82 victory over Southern Vermont. Rose shot a combined 15-for-25 (60.0%) from the floor in the two games, going 9-for-16 (56.3%) from three-point range. He leads Williams with an 18.6 scoring average and an 8.6 rebounding average.

December 12, 2005
Drew Cohen, Colby
(Junior, Center - Briarcliff Manor, N.Y.)
Cohen averaged 21.5 points, 12.5 rebounds and 2.5 blocks while playing an average of 38.0 minutes in two games last week, recording a double-double in both contests. He had 16 points and 14 of Colby’s 30 rebounds in a 75-73 win over Bowdoin on Saturday. Cohen also had 26 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks in a 77-68 loss at Southern Maine on Wednesday. He shot a solid 42.4 percent from the floor on the week, converting on 70.0 percent of his attempts from the free throw line (14-for-20). Cohen leads the Mules in scoring (17.5 ppg), rebounding (10.9 rpg), blocked shots (33 total) and has four double-doubles.

December 5, 2005
Andrew Olson, Amherst
(Junior, Guard - San Diego, Calif.)
Olson was named MVP of the fifth-annual Pioneer Valley Classic over the weekend after leading the Jeffs to victories over Springfield on Friday and Westfield State on Saturday. Olson broke the tournament record for assists in a game on Friday evening with 12, along with a career-best 18 points. On Saturday, Olson posted 17 points and five assists, going five-for-five from behind the arc. On the weekend, Olson shot an impressive 54.2 percent from the floor (13-for-24) and went 8-for-11 (72.7 percent) from three-point range. He also chipped in eight rebounds.

November 28, 2005
Kino Clarke, Trinity
(Junior, Guard - Brooklyn, N.Y.)
Clarke had an impressive week for the 1-1 Bantams. On Tuesday at intrastate foe Eastern Connecticut State, Clarke scored a career-high 33 points, going 11-for-19 from the floor and 7-for-13 from behind the arc while playing 38 minutes and collecting five steals in a narrow 66-64 loss. He once again led Trinity in scoring on Sunday with 21 points and four steals in a 64-32 win against Babson. On the week, Clarke shot .580 from the field and .533 from three-point range, going 10-for-10 from the free throw line.

November 21, 2005
Tyler Rhoten, Trinity
(Senior, Forward/Center - Ridgewood, N.J.)
Rhoten was named the Most Valuable Player of the Sponaugle Tournament at Franklin and Marshall over the weekend. Friday against Cortland State, Rhoten scored 25 points and added in five rebounds and two steals in a 78-77 victory. On Saturday he collected 29 points, seven rebounds and four assists in an 84-75 win over the host Diplomats in the championship game. Rhoten was 20-for-38 from the floor and a perfect 14-for-14 from the free throw line, going 11-for-11 in the championship Saturday.