DALLAS, Texas — After averaging a double-double for the third straight week, WKU
center Charles Bassey claimed his seventh Conference USA Men’s Basketball Freshman
of the Week award Monday.
This is the third straight weekly freshman accolade for the 6-foot-11, 245-pound
native of Lagos, Nigeria.
Bassey averaged 14 points, 10.5 rebounds and 4.5 blocks per game in two road
victories for WKU last week.
The freshman had 10 points, 14 rebounds and tied his career high with five blocks in
Thursday’s 92-85 double-overtime win at Rice. He played a career-high 39 minutes as
he notched his Conference USA-leading 12th double-double.
On Saturday, Bassey led WKU in scoring with 18 points, along with seven rebounds and
four blocks in 36 minutes in a hard-fought road victory at North Texas.
Across the week, he shot 52.6 percent from the field and netted 7 of 8 free throws,
while averaging 37.5 minutes per contest. Bassey is still 1 of 2 freshmen in the
country averaging a double-double.
Bassey’s seven C-USA Freshman of the Week awards tie for the third-most in league
history. Rice’s Marcus Evans (10, 2016) and Memphis’ Tyreke Evans (9, 2009) hold the
WKU returns home for two games this week, starting against Middle Tennessee at 7
p.m. CT Thursday in E.A. Diddle Arena.