(WALNUT RIDGE, Ark.) Xavielle Brown posted a career-night last Thursday (Dec. 5) at Williams Baptist College, leading Park University to a 98-84 win with 31 points, and Monday (Dec. 9) he was named American Midwest Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week.
Brown arrived at 31 with nine makes from the floor in 18 tries, including 4-of-9 from beyond the 3-point arc. He also connected on 9-of-11 at the foul line.
A sophomore from Fort Wayne, Ind., Brown leads Park at 18 points per game, fifth among AMC scorers and 42nd in NAIA Division I Men's Basketball. At Williams Baptist, he had four assists, a block and two steals, pulling his 2013-14 steals total to a dozen, which ranks eighth in the American Midwest Conference.
"(Xavielle) was huge in getting us back to what we do, and that's defending and rebounding," said Park coach Jason Kline. "He also set the tone for us on offense and was a big reason for the win."
Brown had nine rebounds in the Pirates' lone game last week, staying ninth in the AMC at 6.4 rebounds per game. Park wasn't able to play its second scheduled game of the week Friday at Lyon College after Winter Storm Cleon paralyzed northeast Arkansas, making travel from Jonesboro to Batesville impossible both Friday and Saturday to play the Scots.
The game will be rescheduled, and Park is en route to Parkville for this week's final exams.
OTHERS NOMINATED FOR AMC MEN'S BASKETBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Kyle Teichmann, Freed-Hardeman University; Derrick Dilworth, Columbia College; Jordan Layrock, Lyon College; Jonathon Nutt, William Woods University; Joe Williams, Hannibal-LaGrange University.