Feb. 5, 2001
CHICAGO, Ill. - Conference USA announced today from its league office in Chicago that UAB junior Will Campbell today was chosen as the men's basketball Player of the Week.
Campbell, a native of Elmira, N.Y., had a stellar week for the Blazers averaging 12.5 points and 16.0 rebounds in a pair of wins for UAB.
In the 65-53 victory against Houston last Wednesday, Campbell collected 18 points and tied a school record for a game with 20 rebounds. The rebound total tied Carlos Williams, who also achieved that feat against Grambling State on Dec. 1, 1996.
Three days later in UAB,s 71-59 triumph at Southern Mississippi, Campbell collected seven points and added 12 rebounds despite playing most of the game in foul trouble. Campbell,s board total allowed the Blazers to capture a 13-rebound advantage over the Golden Eagles. It was only the fifth time this season USM had been outrebounded as a team and was the largest deficit the Eagles faced this season.
The USM game marked the eighth double-digit rebound performance for Campbell during the 2000-01 campaign and his 20-rebound performance agaisnt UH marked just the seventh time in C-USA history that a player has recorded at least that many in a contest.
Campbell has notched at least nine rebounds in nine of his last 10 games and is averaging 10.8 points and 11.8 rebounds over the last six games.
Currently, the 6-foot-9 center ranks seventh overall in the league at 8.0 rebounds per game and is first in the conference in rebounding in C-USA games only at 10.4 per contest. Campbell is the fourth different UAB player to win the award since the inception of the league during the 1995-96 season and the first Blazer to earn this honor since Feb. 8, 1999, when Fred Williams was the recipient.
The Blazers return to action this Saturday when they travel to South
Florida for a 1 p.m. CST contest.