CHARLOTTE, N.C. - VMI senior forward Stan Okoye has been named the Big South Conference Choice Hotels Men's Basketball Player of the Week, according to information released by the conference Monday.
It is Okoye's second straight POTW award and third of the year, making him the first player to accomplish both feats since Kelvin Martin of Charleston Southern last season. Okoye's three POTW honors also make him the quickest Big South player to earn those accolades in a season since the 2009-10 campaign, when Joseph Harris of Coastal Carolina won three of the first four such awards.
Okoye averaged 22.5 points and 11.5 rebounds in leading the Keydets to two Big South wins last week. He posted 20 points, 10 rebounds, three assists, one block and one steal in VMI's victory over Liberty on Jan. 9. Okoye then tallied 25 points, 13 boards and three assists in the Keydets' win over Winthrop to give VMI its first 3-0 Big South start since 2008-09. For the week, Okoye was 15-of-34 from the field and 11-of-14 from the free throw line.
VMI basketball will return to action Wednesday, playing host to Campbell in a battle of Big South unbeatens. Tip time at Cameron Hall is set for 7 p.m.