PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Manhattan’s Chris Smith Paces Jaspers
WHITE PLAINS, NY (15 December 2008) – Chris Smith (Millstone, NJ/Lakewood/St. Benedict’s Prep) garners this week’s PrestoSports/Met Basketball Writers Association Player of the Week award for his efforts in leading the Manhattan College Jaspers (5-3, 1-1 MAAC) to a 70-60 win over the Princeton Tigers.
The sophomore guard exploded for a career-high 35 points on Sunday. The Millstone, NJ, native hit his first seven shots, including three three-point attempts. Smith was perfect from the field for the first 16 minutes of the game and carried 18 points into the break. The Jaspers would never trail in the game. Smith finished by shooting 12-for-17 (70.6%) from the field, including four-for-five (80%) from three-point range. He also made seven of his nine free throws while adding two steals and a block. Smith leads the Jaspers and ranks fourth in the MAAC averaging 15.8 points per game this season.
Manhattan travels to face Binghamton on Saturday afternoon before returning to Draddy Gymnasium next Monday, as they will host LIU at 7pm.
This Week's Honor Roll
Joe Bova, Columbia University, Senior, Forward, 6'7", 220lbs., Scotia, NY/Christian Brothers Academy
Devon Young, Felician College, Sophomore, Guard, 6'3", 205 lbs., Monmouth Junction, NJ/South Brunswick
Nick DiMaggio, College of Mount Saint Vincent, Junior, Guard, 5'10", 160 lbs., Croton, NY/Croton-Harmon
Paris Horne, St. John's University, Sophomore, Guard, 6'3", 185 lbs., Middletown, DE/Bridgton Academy (ME)
David Acree, St. Joseph's of Long Island, Senior, Guard, 6'0", Brentwood, NY/Brentwood
Jerrell Lewis, Purchase College, Junior, Guard, 6'1", Brooklyn, NY/New Hampton Prep
Joseph Ellis, William Paterson University, Junior, Guard, 6'1", 175 lbs., Newark, NJ/Newark Science
Martin Leibovich, Yeshiva University, Junior, Forward, 6'5", 220 lbs., Buenos Aires, Argentina/ORT II
About the PrestoSports/MBWA Weekly Player of the Week Award
Celebrating its fifth season, the Player of the Week Award is granted on a weekly basis by the New York Area Metropolitan Basketball Writers Association. Each week, each of the nearly 75 schools that play college basketball in the Tri-state area have the ability to nominate one male and one female student-athlete, based upon their on-court accomplishments over the previous seven days. An esteemed panel of media members votes to select the winners from the nominations. All players who receive votes, but are not named the Player of the Week, are then named to the Honor Roll.
PrestoSports is proud to sponsor the college basketball in the New York area, and specifically the MBWA. We are pleased to recognize the best athletic achievements in the Tri-state area. A Maryland-based company, PrestoSports is a leading provider of athletic content management software to colleges and conference offices used for designing, building and maintaining official athletic websites. With clients across the country, PrestoSports focuses on smaller schools and conferences in NCAA Divisions II and III.