2016-17 Men's Basketball Players of the Week

STEVEN SOUKUP, IOWA WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY - FEB. 20
For the fourth time this season Steven Soukup will take home the SLIAC Men's Basketball Player of the Week award. Soukup, a senior guard for Iowa Wesleyan, closed out the regular season with impressive outings against Fontbonne and Eureka. Soukup finished with 28 points, eight rebounds, and three steals in a 108-82 win over Fontbonne. He then poured in 34 points, on 12-of-16 shooting, in an 84-82 win over Eureka; adding 10 rebounds and three assists. On the week Soukup averaged 31.0 points and 9.0 rebounds per game while shooting 65.6 percent from the floor.

KENNY GREENE, GREENVILLE COLLEGE - FEB. 13
Kenny Greene is the SLIAC Men's Basketball Player of the Week after helping Greenville move into first place in the SLIAC standings. Greene, a senior guard from Los Angeles, Calif., was key to the Panthers three wins last week. He scored 26 points in a win over Iowa Wesleyan, knocking down four three-pointers. Greene followed with 24 points in a thrilling win over Eureka. Greene averaged 21.7 points ove the three games, shooting 53.5 percent from the field and knocking down 15 three-pointers. He also averaged 8.0 rebounds per game including a career high 15 rebounds against Iowa Wesleyan.

ADAKU ANUMU, PRINCIPIA COLLEGE - FEB. 6
Adaku Anumu, a senior at Principia College, is the SLIAC Men's Basketball Player of the Week for February 6. Anumu, a guard from Sacramento, Calif., averaged 24.0 points in two critical wins last week for the Panthers. He tallied 31 points in a 102-98 win over then first-place Iowa Wesleyan. Anumu scored 22 of his points in the first-half, helping the Panthers open up a comfortable lead. Anumu knocked down seven three-pointers in the game. Anumu followed with 17 points in a 77-74 win over Blackburn, helping the Panthers keep tournament hopes alive. Anumu hit three three-pointers in the game including the game-winner with 14-seconds on the clock.

STEVEN SOUKUP, IOWA WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY- JAN. 30
Steven Soukup has spent the month of January torching opposing defenses as he picks up his third SLIAC Player of the Week award this month. Soukup, a senior from Danville, Iowa, helped the Tigers move into into first-place in the SLIAC standings with a win over Spalding last weekend. In that game Soukup scored 43 points, his third 40 point game this season, while shooting 16-of-20 from the floor. On the week Soukup averaged 36.5 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 2.5 steals over two games while shooting 72.2 percent from the floor and hitting 5-of-12 three-point shots.

STEVEN SOUKUP, IOWA WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY - JAN. 23
Steven Soukup picks up his second SLIAC Men's Basketball Player of the Week award this season. Soukup, a senior guard, averaged 27.7 points per game while leading Iowa Wesleyan to three conference wins. He tallied 30 points in a win over Fontbonne and closed the week with 37 points against MacMurray. On the week Soukup shot 72.3 percent from the field, going 34-of-47, and connected on 7-of-12 three point attempts. He also averaged 5.0 rebounds per game and handed out nine assists over the three games while turning the ball over just three times.

SHANE SMITH, GREENVILLE COLLEGE - JAN. 16
Shane Smith is this week's SLIAC Men's Basketball Player of the Week after helping Greenville College win a key conference game against Eureka College. Smith, a senior from Los Angeles, Calif., scored a team high 34 points in his team's 145-142 overtime win, including netting 20 points after halftime. He finished the game 12-of-17 shooting from the floor, while knocking down a pair of three-pointers and going 8-of-10 from the free-throw line. Smith also grabbed seven rebounds in the game and added four assists and three steals.

STEVEN SOUKUP, IOWA WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY - JAN. 9
Steven Soukup, a senior guard with Iowa Wesleyan University, is this week's SLIAC Men's Basketball Player of the Week. Soukup, from Danville, Iowa, led the Tigers to two conference wins last week to remain in a tie atop the SLIAC standings. Soukup's top performance on the week was a 44 point outburst against Greenville in which the Tigers set a pair of program records. Soukup finished the game 19-of-27 shooting and added nine rebounds and four blocked shots in the game. In the two games on the week he averaged 29.0 points, 8.5 rebounds, 4.5 assists, and 2.5 blocks per game.

JAKE MAESTRANZI, BLACKBURN COLLEGE - JAN. 3
Blackburn College senior guard Jake Maestranzi claims his second straight SLIAC Men's Basketball Player of the Week award. Maestranzi, from Bartlett, Ill., helped the Beavers go 1-1 over a two week holiday break including a win over conference foe MacMurray College. Maestranzi averaged 16.5 points and 5.5 assists over the two games including shooting 42-percent from three-point range. He tallied 20 points, all in the second-half, in a game against Elmhurst. Maestranzi followed with 13 points and eight assists in a win over MacMurray, recording four steals in the game as well.

JAKE MAESTRANZI, BLACKBURN COLLEGE - DEC. 19
This week's SLIAC Men's Basketball Player of the Week is Jake Maestranzi from Blackburn College. Maestranzi, a senior guard from Bartlett, Ill., was instrumental in helping the Beavers pick up a 90-70 road win over Fontbonne University. Maestranzi dished out a season high eight assists in the win while netting 17 points in the game as well from his point guard position. Maestranzi recorded nine of his points from the free-throw line, where he sank all nine attempts. In addition Maestranzi recorded three steals and committed just two turnovers in the game.

JIMMY VILLALOBOS, WESTMINSTER COLLEGE - DEC. 12
This week's SLIAC Men's Basketball Player of the Week is Jimmy Villalobos, a guard from Westminster College. Villalobos, a senior from Chihuahua, Mexico, helped the Blue Jays to a come from behind overtime win over Webster. Villalobos recorded 23 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists, and three steals in the game. After trailing 40-38 at halftime, despite Villalobos' team high 13 first-half points, the Blue Jays mounted their come back in the second half with Villalobos sparking the way. He added 10 points in the second half, knocking down a pair of three's, while also dishing out three of his four assists in the half. He finished 8-of-17 from the field and committed no turnovers.

HUNTER WARD, WEBSTER UNIVERSITY - DEC. 5
Hunter Ward, a senior forward from Webster University, is the SLIAC Men's Basketball Player of the Week. Ward, from St. Louis, Mo., averaged a double-double over two games last week, both wins. Ward tallied 20 points while grabbing 12 rebounds in a win over Greenville. He added seven assists, while committing just three turnovers, and three steals in the game while shooting 7-of-8 from the field. Ward followed with 23 points and nine rebounds in a narrow win over Principia. On the week Ward averaged 21.5 points and 10.5 rebounds per game while shooting 61-percent from the field. He also averaged 4.5 assists per game while committing just four turnovers on the week.

SHEA FEEHAN, EUREKA COLLEGE - NOV. 28
For the second week in a row Eureka College's Shea Feehan has grabbed the SLIAC Men's Basketball Player of the Week award. Feehan, a sophomore guard from Peoria, Ill., led the Red Devils to three wins on the week to extend their record to 5-0 on the year; the best start to a season for the program since 1986. Feehan averaged 33.3 points and 7.7 rebounds over the three games, totaling 100 points on the week. He tallied 35 points and 11 rebounds in a win over Robert Morris-Peoria and added 25 points against Knox. Feehan recorded 40 points in his team's come from behind win over Monmouth, scoring 37 of his points in the second-half. On the week he shot 50.9 percent from the field including 42.9 percent from three-point range while knocking down 34-of-35 free-throw attempts.

SHEA FEEHAN, EUREKA COLLEGE - NOV. 21
Shea Feehan, a sophomore guard from Peoria, Ill., is the SLIAC Men's Basketball Player of the Week for the opening week of the 2016-17 season. Feehan helped the Red Devils to a pair of wins last week, averaging 27.0 points per game in the two contests. He opened the week with 34 points and 10 rebounds in a 95-81 win over Dominican. Feehan followed with 20 points, nine rebounds, and five assists in a 92-78 victory over Rockford. On the week Feehan shot 48.6 percent from the field, knocking down six three-pointers, and going 14-for-14 from the free-throw line. He also averaged 9.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists in the two games.