IRVING, Texas — WKU freshman Charles Bassey finished his first week of college
basketball with his first weekly honor.
The 6-foot-11, 245-pound center was named Conference USA Men’s Basketball Freshman
of the Week on Monday by the league office.
This is WKU’s first weekly award since Taveion Hollingsworth was named Freshman of
the Week on Feb. 12 of last season.
Bassey averaged a double-double in his first week of college competition, recording
13 points, 10.5 rebounds and three blocks per contest. He also shot 62.5 percent
from the field and contributed three steals and two assists.
The Lagos, Nigeria, native posted 11 points and 12 rebounds in his first college
outing Tuesday – a trip to No. 25/24 Washington on the road and a post matchup with
First Team All-Pac 12 selection Noah Dickerson.
Bassey was the first Hilltopper to record a double-double in his first game since
Steve Miller in 1984-85. His 12 rebounds were the most by a WKU freshman in his
debut since 1975 and the most by any freshman overall since 2012.
In Saturday’s home opener against UT Martin, Bassey tallied 15 points, nine rebounds
and four blocks.
The Hilltoppers return to action this week in the Myrtle Beach Invitational,
starting against Valparaiso at 4 p.m. CT Thursday on ESPNU.