IRVING, Texas — Another dominant week earned WKU center Charles Bassey his second
straight Conference USA Men’s Basketball Freshman of the Week award Monday.
The 6-foot-11, 245-pound native of Lagos, Nigeria, was named to the All-Tournament
Team for the Myrtle Beach Invitational after averaging 15.3 points and 10.3 rebounds
in WKU’s run to the championship game.
This makes two Freshman of the Week awards for Bassey in as many weeks to open his
Bassey shot 51.7 percent from the field and netted 15 of 25 free throws during three
games in the tournament, while also recording five total blocks and four steals.
He had 13 points and a career-high 15 rebounds in Friday’s semifinal against top-25
West Virginia, winning the post battle against First Team All-Big 12 center Sagaba
In Sunday’s title game loss to UCF, Bassey scored a career-high 25 points on
10-of-18 shooting with 10 rebounds. He scored WKU’s first 11 points of the game,
including his first 3-pointer, and had 18 points before the break while going up
against 7-foot-6 UCF center Tacko Fall.
Through five games, Bassey is averaging 14.4 points, 10.4 rebounds and 2.2 blocks
per contest. Coming into Sunday, he ranked third in the country among freshmen for
rebounds per game.
WKU returns to action at Indiana State at 1 p.m. CT Saturday in Terre Haute, Ind.