Players of the Week

Kevon Looney (right) is averaging 27 points per game and will head to Chicago at the end of the season to play in the McDonald's All-American Game. photo: adidas

Kevon Looney (right) is averaging 27 points per game and will head to Chicago at the end of the season to play in the McDonald’s All-American Game. photo: adidas

McDonald’s All-American pick from Milwaukee leads fifth group of Student Sports National Player of the Week honorees in 2014. These honorees are chosen based on performances from games played from Jan. 27-Jan. 31 and they are based on the same regional breakdowns as our regional Top 20 team rankings.

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Student Sports National
Players of the Week

Tyshon Rogers (Crosby, Waterbury, Conn.)

The returning all-state pick is having another sizzling season after averaging 31 points per game as a junior.

In January, Rogers became Crosby’s all-time career scoring leader and his average continues to rise. The 6-foot-3 senior had 35 points with five rebounds and five steals last week in a 92-63 win against Naugatuck, then followed it up with 36 points, eight steals and four rebounds to lead Crosby past Wolcott, 97-53.

Adding a 40-point night from already this week in a 90-82 loss to Sacred Hear of Waterbury, Rogers is now averaging 30.3 points per game this season.

Marquise Williams (Baldwin, Milledgeville, Ga.)

A 6-foot-6 senior forward, Williams is one of the most improved players in Georgia this season and is putting himself in line for significant postseason honors.

Entering this week, Williams is averaging 23.4 points with 12.1 rebounds and two blocks per game. He had 39 points and 19 rebounds in a 62-49 win against Mary Persons of Forsyth, Ga., in one game last week, then followed with 26 points and eight rebounds as Baldwin beat Mary Persons again, 76-60.

Kevon Looney (Hamilton, Milwaukee, Wis.)

There’s nothing looney or crazy about this choice, especially since the 6-foot-8 power forward also is a McDonald’s All-American.

Looney was named to this year’s McDonald’s game last week, then went out and celebrated by pouring in 43 points for Hamilton in a 85-60 triumph against Milwaukee North.

Looney, who is averaging 27 points per game and has signed with UCLA, is just the second player ever from Milwaukee and just the fifth player ever from Wisconsin to be chosen as a McDonald’s All-American.

DaMarkis Gary (Northwest Academy, St. Louis, Mo.)

It was just a couple of weeks ago when Gary was featured as a player of the week for a St. Louis TV station after he scored 30 points and grabbed 15 rebounds for his team in a win against Hazelwood West.

He’s now a player of the week for the Southwest Region with an even bigger outing. Gary, who is a 6-foot-5 junior forward, led Northwest Academy past Soldan International of St. Louis last week, 79-59, by collecting 32 points and 18 rebounds.

For the season, Gary is one of the leading rebounders in Missouri with 16.1 caroms per game. He’s also averaging 21.5 points per game.

Ghassan Nehme (Cheyenne Mountain, Colorado Springs, Colo.)

Ghassan has been gassing up the engine for Cheyenne Mountain all season after moving from shooting guard to point guard. And despite the switch, his scoring has still gone up.

The 6-foot-3 Montana State-bound senior connected for 39 points and had six rebounds and four steals last week in a 84-65 win over Vista Ridge of Colorado Springs. He also had 29 points with four assists and four rebounds when the Indians downed Ponderosa of Parker, 75-61.

Nehme, who is averaging 26.9 points with 6.3 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game, could be the best player to come from Colorado Springs since Reggie Jackson of the Oklahoma City Thunder was starring at Palmer.

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