Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Kareem Jamar is Big Sky POW (And Other Notes)

No big surprise that Kareem Jamar was named the Big Sky Player of the Week after notching a triple double in Montana's win over Hawaii on Saturday.

Jamar, a 6-foot-5 guard/forward from Venice, Calif., recorded 21 points, with 11 rebounds and 11 assists in the Grizzlies’ 94-79 non-conference victory over Hawai’i on Saturday in Missoula. Jamar made 5-of-8 shots from the floor, was 2-of-4 from 3-point range, and 9-of-13 from the free-throw line. The 11 assists were a career-high. His 11 rebounds was his second-highest single-game career total. It was his fourth career 20-point game.
Jamar is a sensational player that is only going to get better. Montana fans are rightfully very excited to have two more seasons of Jamar after this one.

Other candidates: Cliff Colimon (EWU), Melvin Morgan (ISU), Shawn Reid (MSU), Durrell Norman (NAU), Tevin Svihovec (UNC), Chehales Tapscott (PSU), Jackson Carbajal (SAC), Byron Fulton (WSU)

In other interesting tidbits, from the Big Sky Conference's news release yesterday:

NCAA RANKINGS: For the first time since early in the season, Weber State’s Damian Lillard is not the national leader in scoring. Lillard, who is averaging 24.5 points per game, dropped to second behind Oakland’s Reggie Hamilton (25.1 points per game). Lillard ranks eighth in the nation in 3-point field-goals per game, and is ninth in 3-point field-goal percentage. Eastern Washington’s Collin Chiverton is fifth in 3-point field-goals per game. Weber State’s Scott Bamforth (13th) and Lillard (17th) both rank in the top 20 in free-throw shooting percentage. Sacramento State freshman Dylan Garrity is sixth in assists per game at 6.8. Montana’s Will Cherry is sixth in the nation in steals per game (2.6). Northern Colorado continues to lead in the nation in 3-point field-goal percentage at 45.4 percent. Weber State is ninth at 40.7 percent. Weber State continues to lead the nation in free-throw shooting at 80.9 percent. Weber State is third in the nation in 3-point field goals per game (9.3), and is followed by Eastern Washington. Weber State’s winning percentage of 84.6 percent is 11th in the nation.
VOTES FOR WEBER: Weber State received two votes in this week’s USA Today/ESPN Coaches’ Poll. Weber State was 14th among those receiving votes outside the top 25. Weber State was the last Big Sky team to receive votes in a major poll. The Wildcats received votes in the Coaches’ Poll and the AP poll in March of 2009.

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