IRVING, Texas — WKU center Charles Bassey continued his tear through league play
last week, earning him his sixth Conference USA Men’s Basketball Freshman of the
Week award Monday.
It’s the second straight weekly freshman honor for the 6-foot-11, 245-pound native
of Lagos, Nigeria.
Bassey averaged a dominant 19.5 points and 15 rebounds across two victories over
UTSA and UTEP last week.
The big man also shot 68.2 percent from the field, netted 9 of 14 free throws and
finished the week with a C-USA-best 11 double-doubles this season – including five
in his last six games.
Bassey’s 11 double-doubles are the most on record for a Hilltopper freshman, and
he’s one of just two freshmen in the country averaging a double-double.
He tallied 22 points and a career-high 18 rebounds in Thursday’s overtime win over
league-leading UTSA, while shooting 7 of 8 from the field and 8 of 10 from the
His 18 rebounds against the Roadrunners are the most by a Hilltopper freshman since
freshmen became eligible to play again in 1972, and he’s 1 of 7 players in the
nation with at least three games of 17-plus rebounds this year.
Bassey followed that up with another double-double in a comfortable win over UTEP,
putting together 17 points and 12 boards. He averaged 36 minutes per game over the
The Hilltoppers hit the road this week for two games in Texas, starting at Rice at 8
p.m. CT Thursday in Houston.