Jan 14, 2013 3:34 PM by UL Sports Information
Shawn Long, whose 17 points and 16 rebounds helped the Cajuns defeat Arkansas State on Saturday, has been named the Sun Belt Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week. The league office made the announcement on Monday morning.
"Shawn has played such an important role in the development that this program has shown since the start of the season and I am happy to see that he is getting some recognition for the hard work that he has put in," head coach Bob Marlin said.
"Playing short-handed on Saturday without one of our best scorers, Shawn really stepped up his play at both ends of the court. He played some solid defense inside and was continually the person to bring down the important rebounds. He had a nice performance."
Long, a 6-9, 243-pound freshman from Morgan City, La., averaged 15.5 points and 15.0 rebounds in the two games last week. He scored 14 points with 14 rebounds and five blocks in a 91-89 double overtime loss to South Alabama on Thursday (Jan. 10). He came back on Saturday to record his 10th double-double of the season with his 16 rebounds falling one shy of his career rebounding high.
Long ranks fourth in the nation in double-doubles, one short of the national leaders.
Aided by 30 rebounds in the two games last week, Long took over the national lead for freshman rebounding this year. He has grabbed 187 rebounds in 19 games (9.8 rpg) to move ahead of Longwood's Michael Kessens (9.5) and Binghamton's Jordan Reed (9.4).
Long leads the Sun Belt in defensive rebounding (7.1), is second in rebounding (9.8), third in scoring (16.7), fourth in blocked shots (2.0) and seventh in offensive rebounds (2.7)
Long and the Cajuns continue Sun Belt play this week, traveling to Bowling Green, Ky. to face Western Kentucky on Thursday (Jan. 17) at 7:00 p.m. and then onto Murfreesboro, Tenn. for a 5:30 p.m. game on Saturday (Jan. 19) at Middle Tennessee. The WKU game will be available on ESPN3.com.