DALLAS, Texas — WKU center Charles Bassey continued his dominant run in conference
play last week, earning his eighth Conference USA Men’s Basketball Freshman of the
Week award Monday.
It’s also the fourth straight weekly freshman honor for the 6-foot-11, 245-pound
native of Lagos, Nigeria.
Bassey averaged 18 points, 8.5 rebounds, 3.5 blocks and shot 66.7 percent from the
field (16 of 24) last week in a home split against Middle Tennessee and UAB.
He tallied 13 points, seven rebounds and four blocks in a victory over the Blue
Raiders on Thursday, then recorded his C-USA leading 13th double-double with 23
points, 10 rebounds and three blocks in a loss to UAB on Saturday.
Bassey finished the game against the Blazers 10 of 13 from the field, tying his
career high for made field goals, while scoring 15 points in the first half alone.
He also averaged 35.5 minutes per game over the week.
He’s 1 of 3 freshmen in the nation averaging a double-double, and he could become
one of just two freshmen since 1992 – along with current NBA star Anthony Davis – to
average at least 14 points, 10 rebounds and two blocks, while shooting at least 60
percent from the field.
Bassey’s eight C-USA Freshman of the Week awards are the second-most since the
creation of the award in 2011. Rice’s Marcus Evans (10, 2016) holds the top spot.
Bassey’s four straight awards are the third-most consecutive selections in the
award’s history, with Evans also holding that record at six.
WKU enters C-USA Bonus Play this week, starting its final four regular season games
with a trip to league-leading Old Dominion at noon CT Saturday in Norfolk, Va.