Missouri State junior Kyle Weems (F, Topeka, Kan.) has been named Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Week for the second straight week and third time this season after his 27-point outing Sunday at Bradley.
His game-high 27 points included a 12-for-14 (.857) shooting effort from the field, including 2-for-2 from three-point range in the Bradley game. It was his 10th career 20-point output and fifth this seeason.
Weems helped the Bears to a 2-0 week as MSU extended its best-ever MVC start to 7-0. He scored 40 points in two ball games on the week (20.0 ppg) to go with 13 rebounds (6.5), four assists, three blocks and four steals. He was also 4-for-4 at the free throw line on the week and made four three-pointers.
This marks the second week in a row, third time this season and fourth time in his career that Weems has earned the MVC’s top weekly honor. The last conference player to win the award in back-to-back weeks was Southern Illinois’ Darren Brooks in 2004, and the last Missouri State player to claim the award in subsequent weeks was Danny Moore in 1996.
With the nomination, Weems becomes the first MSU player to claim Valley Player of the Week on four occassions, surpassing previous career leaders Moore and Blake Ahearn with three apiece. No Missouri State player had ever won the award three times in the same season.
Missouri State (15-3, 7-0 MVC) returns to action Wednesday at Indiana State, starting at 6:05 p.m