LOGAN, Utah – Utah State men’s basketball player Tai Wesley has been named the Verizon Western Athletic Conference Player of the Week it was announced by the league office Monday. Wesley was also named the America First Credit Union Utah State Student-Athlete of the Week for the period ending Sunday, Jan. 2, an award that is voted on by a state-wide media panel. It is the second time this year and fourth time in his career that Wesley has been named WAC Player of the Week. As for USU Athlete of the Week, it is the eighth time overall that Wesley has garnered USU’s top weekly individual honor. Wesley, a 6-7, 240-pound senior forward from Provo, Utah (Provo HS) led Utah State to a pair of Western Athletic Conference home wins last week against Hawai’i (74-66) and San Jose State (80-71). Against the Rainbow Warriors, Wesley posted his fourth double-double of the season and the 13th of his career as he tied his career-high with 27 points to go along with 13 rebounds. Wesley, who played a career-high 38 minutes in the game, was 8-of-12 from the field and a perfect 11-for-11 at the free throw line tying a single-game school record for free throw percentage. Against the Spartans, Wesley added 16 points, eight rebounds, four assists and three blocked shots as he was 5-of-6 from the field and 6-of-8 at the free throw line. For the week, Wesley averaged 21.5 points, 10.5 rebounds, 2.0 assist and 2.0 blocks per game, while shooting 72.2 percent from the field (13-18) and 89.5 percent at the free throw line (17-19). Wesley currently ranks first in the WAC in field goal shooting at 65.5 percent. He also ranks third in the league in rebounding (8.6), fifth in blocked shots (1.20), sixth in scoring (14.8), and 13th in assists (2.67) and free throw shooting (.716). Utah State (13-2, 2-0) returns to action on Saturday, Jan. 8 when it plays at Nevada (4-10, 1-0) at 2 p.m. (MT) in a game that will be televised nationally on ESPNU. Nominees from other sports for USU Athlete of the Week include: WOMEN’S BASKETBALL – Junior Ashlee Brown (Chandler, Ariz.) scored a team-high 15 points in Utah State’s 73-61 loss at Utah Saturday. The junior added two assists, two steals and two blocked shots in 31 minutes of action, as she was 7-of-12 (58.3 percent) from the field and 1-of-2 (50.0 percent) from the free-throw line. It is the ninth game this year that Brown has been in double digits in the scoring column. 2010-11 Utah State Athlete of the Week Winners Aug. 30 – Liz McArthur, Volleyball Sept. 6 – Liz McArthur, Volleyball Sept. 13 – Shay Sorensen, Volleyball Sept. 20 – Christine Morrill, Volleyball Sept. 27 – Sven Poslusny, Men’s Tennis Oct. 4 – Derrvin Speight, Football Oct. 11 – Lauren Hansen, Soccer Oct. 18 – Molli Merrill, Soccer Oct. 25 – Bryan Marchant, Men’s Tennis Nov. 1 – Lauren Hansen, Soccer Nov. 8 – Kerwynn Williams, Football Nov. 15 – Brockeith Pane, Men’s Basketball Nov. 22 – Shantell Durrant, Volleyball Nov. 29 – Liz McArthur, Volleyball Dec. 6 – Ashlee Brown, Women’s Basketball Dec. 13 – Tai Wesley, Men’s Basketball Dec. 27 – Brian Green, Men’s Basketball Jan. 3 – Tai Wesley, Men’s Basketball -USU-
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