Stuckey named NAIA National Player of the Week

Stuckey named NAIA National Player of the Week

Benjamin Cotton

Contributing Writer

bjcotton@goshen.edu

Goshen College basketball senior guard Demarkus Stuckey was selected as the NAIA National Men’s Basketball Div. II Player of the Week for the week of Jan. 28 to Feb. 3.

The Saginaw, Michigan native posted well above average numbers in his two conference games throughout the week. Stuckey averaged 31.5 points, 4.5 assists and 4.5 rebounds during the week. Stuckey also placed the dagger into the previously number-one-ranked Indiana Wesleyan University with a game-winning three-pointer in the final seconds of the matchup.

In game one on a Tuesday night, the Maple Leafs traveled to Grace College and Stuckey put on a show in front of the Lancers crowd. Stuckey poured in 27 points and also got hot from deep, sinking five of his seven three-point attempts. The high-scoring performance wasn’t enough, however, as the Maple Leafs fell short to the Lancers, 76-67.

In the second game of the week, the Maple Leafs hosted the number-one-ranked Indiana Wesleyan University Wildcats. In this Saturday match-up, the Maple Leafs remained close with the Wildcats throughout the game. The game was decided by a wing three-pointer by the senior guard to send home the Wildcats. Demarkus Stuckey let the time wind down as he took his defender one-on-one to take the win for the Maple Leafs. Stuckey led all players in scoring with 36 points and five assists.

The Maple Leaf win is also historical since it was the first time any Maple Leaf athletic team has knocked off a number-one-ranked team in the nation.

As the senior guard’s time winds down at GC, he is averaging 22 points, 5.6 assists and 4.4 rebounds a game. In addition to the Player of the Week honors, Stuckey is in contention to make one of the NAIA All-American teams.

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