Two Blue Hose hoopsters are players of the week
CHARLOTTE – Presbyterian College sophomore forward DeSean Murray (Stanley, N.C.) and freshman guard Taylor Petty (Spartanburg) have received Big South Conference honors, the league announced Jan. 5.
Murray was named the Big South Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Week, while UNC Asheville guard Dylan Smith (Mobile, Ala.) was named The Crons Brand Freshman of the Week for games Dec. 27-Jan. 3.
Murray averaged 22.0 points, 12.0 rebounds (5.0 offensive), 2.0 blocks and 2.0 steals in two games, as he recorded 20-point/10-rebound efforts in road contests at Marquette and Campbell.
He opened with 20 points, 11 rebounds, three steals and two blocks at Marquette on Dec. 27, and then posted 24 points, 13 boards and two blocks to lead PC past Campbell on Jan. 2. He scored 16 points in the second half to stave off several Camel rallies.
For the week, Murray was 19-of-37 from the floor (51.4 percent) and was 6-of-10 from the free throw line.
Also nominated for Player of the Week: Aaron Wheeler (Charleston Southern), Tyrell Nelson (Gardner-Webb), John Brown (High Point), Ryan Kemrite (Liberty), Darrion Allen (Longwood), Ahmad Thomas (UNC Asheville) and Keon Johnson (Winthrop).
Petty was named The Crons Brand Freshman of the Week, while UNC Asheville junior guard Chatori Major (Camp Lejeune, N.C.) was named the Big South Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Week, for games Dec. 29-Jan. 3.
Petty averaged 16.0 points and 1.5 steals in two victories.
She opened with 16 points, three steals and one block in the Blue Hose home win over High Point on Dec. 29, and followed with another 16 markers in a victory at Charleston Southern on Jan. 2. Petty drained four three-pointers and shot 50 percent from the field against the Bucs. For the week, she was 10-of-21 overall, 5-of-13 from long range and 7-of-9 from the charity stripe.
Also nominated for Player of the Week: Shauntavia Dobson (Charleston Southern), Rachael Gregory (Coastal Carolina), Olivia Parker (Gardner-Webb), Mickayla Sanders (Liberty) and Cortney Storey (Presbyterian).