DALLAS, Texas — WKU center Charles Bassey tied the Conference USA record Sunday by
winning his 10th C-USA Men’s Basketball Freshman of the Week award.
Bassey’s 10 weekly freshman honors this season ties the record previously set by
Rice’s Marcus Evans in 2015-16.
The 6-foot-11, 245-pound native of Lagos, Nigeria, recorded his C-USA-leading 15th
double-double of the season in WKU’s lone game last week, an 81-76 overtime loss to
Bassey finished with a team-high 21 points, 11 rebounds and two blocks, netting 7 of
9 (77.8 percent) shots from the field and 7 of 8 (87.5 percent) free throws. He also
grabbed one steal and was one minute shy of his career high with 38.
Bassey passed NBA veteran Courtney Lee for the second-most points ever by a WKU
freshman with 464 in the outing. He was also named last week 1 of 5 national
finalists, including the only freshman, for the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Center of the
The Hilltoppers will be the No. 2 seed in this week’s Conference USA Championship
and will face either No. 7 FIU or No. 10 North Texas in the quarterfinals at 8:30
p.m. CT Thursday in Frisco, Texas.