IRVING, Texas — The second triple-double in program history earned WKU senior guard
Darius Thompson his first Conference USA Men’s Basketball Player of the Week award,
the league office announced Monday.
This is the first C-USA weekly award for Thompson and WKU’s third of the season.
Jake Ohmer and Taveion Hollingsworth were named Freshman of the Week on Nov. 27 and
Dec. 18, respectively.
Thompson compiled career highs of 33 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists in WKU’s
112-87 rout at Marshall on Saturday.
It just was the second triple-double in program history, followed only by Orlando
Mendez-Valdez against Troy on Jan. 1, 2009.
It was the 19th triple-double in Conference USA history, joining the likes of Dwyane
Wade, Hassan Whiteside and Kenyon Martin.
Thompson is just the second player in the nation this season and the fifth since at
least 2010 with a game of at least 30 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists, according
to Basketball Reference.
Thompson went 11 of 16 from the field and 6 of 9 from 3-point range – both of which
were career highs. He also made 5 of 6 free throws, blocked one shot and had just
two turnovers in 36 minutes.
Thompson is WKU’s first C-USA Player of the Week since Justin Johnson on Feb. 6,
The graduate transfer senior from Murfreesboro, Tenn., is averaging 15.2 points, 5.1
assists and 4.6 rebounds this season for the Hilltoppers. He ranks second in the
conference in assist-to-turnover ratio at 2.8-to-1 and third in minutes per game
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