IRVING, Texas — Another double-double and a strong performance on a big stage helped
WKU center Charles Bassey win his third Conference USA Men’s Basketball Freshman of
the Week award Monday.
The 6-foot-11, 245-pound native of Lagos, Nigeria, averaged 19 points, 9.5 rebounds
and 3.5 blocks per game over two road games, including crucial plays at the end of
an upset win at Arkansas.
This is the third C-USA Freshman of the Week award for Bassey in the first five
weeks of the season. He already has the most such awards in a season by a freshman
since WKU joined C-USA, besting Taveion Hollingsworth’s two awards last year.
Bassey shot 65 percent from the field across both games last week and netted 12 of
14 free throws (85.7 percent).
He recorded his fourth double-double on Wednesday at Missouri State with 17 points
and 10 rebounds, but saved his best of the week for Saturday’s 78-77 win at
The center led the Hilltoppers with 21 points, nine rebounds and a career-high five
blocks while going up against potential NBA lottery pick Daniel Gafford in front of
Bassey’s blocks included swatting away Arkansas’ potential game-winner in the final
seconds, and his lone assist was a toss out of a double team to teammate Marek
Nelson for the winning basket with 19 seconds remaining.
The win snapped the Razorbacks’ 28-game nonconference home winning streak, which was
the longest active streak in the SEC.
WKU has a week off for finals before returning home to host Troy at 2 p.m. CT Sunday
at E.A. Diddle Arena.